Excellence in Medical Corps badge, NKPS issue, mid-1940s.
Brass, enamels; measures 46.2 mm x 39.6 mm. Early type.
Variation with five scrolls forming the top ornament, with
well pronounced smooth border along the upper edge. The
center medallion is larger than other variations. There is a
single dot on either side of the star at the bottom of the
In outstanding, excellent condition. The enamel is extremely
well-preserved having only some tiny contact marks and
scuffs in the center that are barely noticeable to the naked
eye, shows magnificent luster. There is a typical dark
patina to the edges of the snake and bowl of Hygeia medical
emblem which adds character, not detracting. The original
gilt finish on the wreath is practically pristine, so is the
dark gray finish on the edges of the shield. The finish on
the reverse is likewise perfect. The screw post is full
length, nearly 13 mm long, and comes with original WW2 era
screw plate marked "NKPS".
Established in November 1942, the Excellent Medic badge was
one of the first few badges of the "WW2 Proficiency Series"
that came up during that year.
/See Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945 ,
p. 103, fig. 3/