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    Badge to a Fighter of OKDVA, OSOAVIAKhIM issue, 1930.

    Badge to a Fighter of OKDVA, OSOAVIAKhIM issue, 1930.

    Brass, enamels; the oval portion not including the protruding hat of the solider and flagpole finial measures 41.7 mm in height x 32.7 mm in width. Two-piece construction: the cogwheel and star emblem is a separate, superimposed part attached by wires. Shows the railroad passing among the distinctive Manchurian sopka hills. The writing on the background is КВЖД ("KVZhD") - Cyrillic abbreviation for the Chinese Eastern Railroad. The raised inscription along the edge is "OSOAVIAKhIM. To a Fighter of OKDVA".

    In very fine overall condition, far better than the average for this badge. In particular, the enamel on the banner is unusually well-preserved, better than on most other surviving examples. There is a single small chip at the bottom edge; beside that, the enamel on the banner has only a few tiny contact marks virtually invisible to the naked eye. It is completely free of repairs, flaking or rubbing, and still shows beautiful luster. The red enamel on the star has some small chips and flakes, but most of it is intact and just like on the banner, the damage is not very noticeable or detractive.

    The badge shows very little overall wear and its raised details are exceptionally well preserved. The face of the soldier, his hand holding the rifle, and his hat are crisp and nearly pristine - an extremely uncommon case. The raised inscription "OSOAVIAKhIM" is completely intact (many recipients had it erased, apparently to emphasize the "military" nature of their decoration). Traces of the original silver finish are clearly visible in recessed areas on both sides of the badge.

    The screw post has been reduced to approximately 6 mm as was customary; however, unlike many of the OKDVA badges we have seen, the screw post has not been repaired and remains fully functional. The badge includes scarce original screw plate marked "FABMASS Factory, Leningrad" which still works perfectly.

    The badge was issued to the servicemen of the Order of the Red Banner Far Eastern Special Army (OKDVA) who participated in the 1929 campaign against the Manchurian warlord. This "lightning" offensive led by Marshal Blyukher reestablished Soviet control over the strategic railroad built by Russia in the early 1900s. The decisive and relatively easy victory gave Blyukher celebrity status in the Soviet Union and enormous power in the Far East. Thus it may have also spelled his doom - he would be the last of the top Soviet military commanders to be executed prior to the Patriotic War. Although instituted by the OSOAVIAKhIM paramilitary organization, the OKDVA badge is rightfully considered a military award, essentially a campaign medal.

    /Avers 8, p. 311, fig. 1528; also Borisov, Badges of the Soviet Armed Forces, fig. 138, V. Durov, "Russian and Soviet Military Awards p. 72, fig. 3

    Item# 36123


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