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    This is a German soldiers ring from Russia it looks to be commemorating the victory in Greece? Is anyone familiar with this type? It has something written at the bottom and I can only make out 1941.
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    Looks like it says Saloniki. Probably commemorating the battle of Greece.

    The Battle of Greece was fought from April 6-30, 1941,


    BATTLE OF GREECE - THE ONSLAUGHT BEGINS:
    On April 6, the German Twelfth Army, under the guidance of Field Marshal Wilhelm List, commenced Operation Marita. While the Luftwaffe began an intensive bombing campaign, Lieutenant General Georg Stumme's XL Panzer Corps drove across southern Yugoslavia capturing Prilep and effectively severing the country from Greece. Turning south, they began massing forces north of Monastir on April 9 in preparation for attacking Florina, Greece. Such a move threatened Wilson's left flank and had the potential to cut off Greek troops in Albania. Further east, Lieutenant General Rudolf Veiel's 2nd Panzer Division entered Yugoslavia on April 6 and advanced down the Strimon Valley (Map).

    Reaching Strumica, they brushed aside Yugoslav counterattacks before turning south and driving towards Thessaloniki. Defeating Greek forces near Doiran Lake, they captured the city on April 9. Along the Metaxas Line Greek forces fared little better, but succeeded in bleeding the Germans. A strong line of fortifications in mountainous terrain, the forts of the line inflicted heavy losses on the attackers before being overrun by Lieutenant General Franz Böhme's XVIII Mountain Corps. Effectively cut off in the northeastern part of the country, the Greek Second Army surrendered on April 9 and resistance east of the Axios River collapsed.

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    Never seen this pattern as a typical soldier suvenir ring,
    Usually the have a separate plate with the tower of Saloniki and the year 1941.

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