Honorary Badge (Medal) for the Defense of New Shanghai (aka Shanghai Air Defense Order), circa 1950-1952.
Silver, enamel; measures 50.6 mm in height, 48.2 mm in width; weighs 42.4g. A very attractive, fine quality award featuring a stylized winged handshake with industrial landscape on the background. The inscription in Chinese is "For the Defense of New Shanghai".
In very fine to excellent condition. The enamel on the star has tiny chips and rubbing, but it is largely still intact and the wear is barely noticeable to the naked eye. The raised details of the artwork are extremely well preserved and crisp. There are dings and small scratches to the reverse, not too detractive. Attractive light patina to silver on both sides. The pin attachment is intact and fully functional.
The decoration was established in mid-1950, soon after the first Soviet airmen started to arrive in China in March of that year. The medal was supposedly issued for assisting the communists in the ongoing air war against Kuomintang (up until that point, strong Nationalist air forces flying out of Taiwan virtually unopposed had harassed the PLA and communist infrastructure in south China, especially around the New Shanghai industrial zone - and also successfully prevented a communist seaborne invasion of Taiwan). Judging by the scale of Soviet involvement in the Korean War however, the true nature of the award had more to do with the secret Soviet air war against the UN coalition in Korea than protecting Chinese mainland. Based on available records, the awards were bestowed from mid-1950 through at least late 1952, i.e. during much of the Korean War.