Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade"

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Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade"

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Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade" (obverse)
Awarded by Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility Citizens of the Soviet Union
Awarded for Participation in the liberation of Belgrade
Status No longer awarded
Statistics
Established June 9, 1945
Total awarded ~70,000
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Ribbon of the Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade"
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Reverse of the Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade"

The Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade" (Russian : Медаль «За освобождение Белграда») was a World War II campaign medal of the Soviet Union. It was established on June 9, 1945 by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR [1] to satisfy the petition of the People's Commissariat for Defence of the Soviet Union.

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Medal Statute

The Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade" was awarded to soldiers of the Red Army, Navy, and troops of the NKVD, direct participants of the heroic assault and liberation of the city of Belgrade as well as to the organizers and leaders of combat operations in the capture of this city. [1]

Red Army 1917–1946 ground and air warfare branch of the Soviet Unions military

The Workers' and Peasants' Red Army, frequently shortened to Red Army was the army and the air force of the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, and, after 1922, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. The army was established immediately after the 1917 October Revolution. The Bolsheviks raised an army to oppose the military confederations of their adversaries during the Russian Civil War. Beginning in February 1946, the Red Army, along with the Soviet Navy, embodied the main component of the Soviet Armed Forces; taking the official name of "Soviet Army", until its dissolution in December 1991.

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The People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs, abbreviated NKVD, was the interior ministry of the Soviet Union.

Award of the medal was made on behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on the basis of documents attesting to actual participation in the liberation of Belgrade. Serving military personnel received the medal from their unit commander, retirees from military service received the medal from a regional, municipal or district military commissioner in the recipient's community. [1]

The Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade" was worn on the left side of the chest and in the presence of other awards of the USSR, was located immediately after the Medal "For the Capture of Berlin". [1] If worn in the presence of Orders or medals of the Russian Federation, the latter have precedence. [2]

Medal "For the Capture of Berlin" military decoration of the Soviet Union

The Medal "For the Capture of Berlin" was a World War II campaign medal of the Soviet Union established on June 9, 1945 by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR to satisfy the petition of the People's Commissariat for Defense of the Soviet Union. The medal's statute was amended on July 18, 1980 by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR № 2523-X.

Medal Description

The Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade" was a 32mm in diameter circular brass medal with a raised rim on the obverse. On its obverse along the entire medal circumference, a laurel wreath split only at the top by a small five pointed star, within the wreath, along its upper inner circumference, the relief inscription "FOR THE LIBERATION" (Russian : «ЗА ОСВОБОЖДЕНИЕ»), at lower center just above the wreath, the horizontal relief inscription " OF BELGRADE" (Russian : «БЕЛГРАДА»). On the reverse at the top, a relief plain five pointed star over the relief date in three rows "20 OCTOBER 1944" (Russian : «20 ОКТЯБРЯ 1944»). [1]

The Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade" was secured by a ring through the medal suspension loop to a standard Soviet pentagonal mount covered by a 24mm wide green silk moiré ribbon with 8mm wide black central stripe. [1]

Recipients (partial list)

The individuals below were all recipients of the Medal "For the Liberation of Belgrade".

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of June 9, 1945" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1945-06-09. Retrieved 2012-03-08.
  2. "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of September 7, 2010 No 1099" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-03-08.