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    Parachute Instructor badge, Type 2 (1941 Model), mid-1940s through mid-1950s issue.

    Parachute Instructor badge, Type 2 (1941 Model), mid-1940s through mid-1950s issue.

    In brass and enamels; measures 40.7 mm in height from the top of the canopy to the bottom of the enameled part, not including the projections for the pendant; 24.3 mm in width. The airplane and paratrooper are separate, superimposed parts held by wires. This version of the badge features counter-relief on the reverse. Attached at the bottom is a pendant with numeral 155 signifying the number of jumps. The pendant is custom-made in the manner typical of this badge and believed to be of the period. Impressive enamel and overall quality, especially for a badge of WW2 era.

    In excellent condition, extremely uncommon for an M-41 Parachute Instructor badge. There are tiny contact marks and scratches to enamel, but no chips, flaking, excessive rubbing, or repairs. The enamel retains very attractive luster. The details of the airplane and paratrooper are extremely crisp, nearly pristine; some of the original silver finish is clearly visible on their less exposed edges adjacent to the enameled surface. The eyelets for the pendant at the bottom of the badge are original, unaltered and sound. The screw post is over 12 mm long, has not been reduced. Comes with a period screw plate maker marked "MTKh Enamel Factory" which fits perfectly and may be original to the badge.

    Although officially an OSOAVIAKhIM badge, the Parachute Instructor badges were given almost exclusively to the military men. They were awarded in both military aviation units and airborne troops. Many badges of this type were probably manufactured in 1941 just before the outbreak of the war with Germany, although they could be issued from existing stock well into the 50s. Others, including this example, were probably made at the end of WW2 or soon afterwards.

    /"Avers 8", p. 433, fig. 2055; Borisov "Breast Badges of the Soviet Armed Forces", fig. 50/


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