H012584 RUSSIAN FRONT MEDAL 1941/42 AWARD DOCUMENT. (Medaille Winterschlacht Im Osten)

BACKGROUND: The Russian Front Medal was instituted by Adolf Hitler on May 26TH 1942 to commemorate the first winter campaign in Russia. The award was available to all Wehrmacht personnel, civilians and foreign volunteers who met the required criteria with the main qualification being at least fourteen days of participation in combat on the Russian front between November 15TH 1941 and April 15TH 1942 within preset geographical boundaries. The award was designed by SS-Scharführer Ernst Krause and was officially designated as Medaille Winterschlacht Im Osten 1941/42, (Medal {for} Winter Battle in the East 1941/42), but was commonly referred to as the "Frozen Fresh Medal". OKW, Oberkommando der Wehrmacht, (High Command of the Armed Forces), regulations of September 4TH 1944 discontinued the Russian Front Medal with the last award being bestowed on October 15TH 1944. Of Note: Generally the Russian Front Medal was only worn on the day of bestowal or on a medal bar for dress or ceremonial occasions resulting in the ribbon being worn on a day to day basis on the field blouse.

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Roughly, 20cm x 14cm, mid-weight paper document with black, printed Gothic/Fraktur script and typed in particulars. The script indicates that, "Unteroffizier Heinrich Kriska" was awarded the Russian Front Medal on "28. August 1942".

GRADE ****                             PRICE $79.00

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