Defense Medals

1942 Medals

The USSR established a series of medals in 1942 to award those who fought in defense of four strategic cities of Leningrad, Odessa, Sevastopol, and Stalingrad during the first two years of the war. Interestingly, Moscow was not included. The Comprehensive Guide to Soviet Orders and Medals gives the approximate number of these medals issued as:

          Defense of Leningrad       1,470,000        
          Defense of Stalingrad         760,000               
          Defense of Sevastopol          50,000  
          Defense of Odessa                30,000 
   
         
                                                                                               
This is the certificate was issued with the medals for the four cities. The above certificate is for the defense of Leningrad. It lists the name of the recipient and the date issued.
 
                                                               
For Defense of Leningrad

              
Defense of Leningrad Medal and document.  The front of the medal say "For Defense of Leningrad". All defense medals have the same logo on the reverse side: "For Our Soviet Motherland".                       

                                                                                        
For Defense of Stalingrad


                                                    


 For Defense of Sevastopol
                                                          
      
                                             
         
                                                       
For Defense of Odessa

                                               
                                                              

                                                                                         
1944 Medals

The USSR established three more defense medals in 1944 to award those who fought in defense of Moscow, Caucasus and the Polar region. The Comprehensive Guide to Soviet Orders and Medals gives the approximate number of these medals issued as:

    Defense of Moscow              1,020,000 
    Defense of Caucasus              870,000
    Defense of Polar region          350,000

 For Defense of Moscow
     
      
                                                      
 For Defense of Caucasus

     
   Defense of Caucasus medal was the only 1944 issue defense medal with a large certificate.

  For Defense of Polar Region

     
   The above certificate shows that this Defense of Polar Region medal was issued to a female. She was
   probably a nurse or a sniper. 
  


1961 Medal

At Nikita Khrushchev's insistence, a medal for Defense of Kiev was issued in 1961.  Approximately 180,000 of these medals were issues.

                                     


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