Excellent Military Driver badge, mid 1940s.
Brass, enamels; 44.7 x 36.0 mm. This Pobeda Factory
variation is believed the earliest variation of the
Excellent Driver's badge. Features domed center medallion
with a pattern of vertical lines under the red enamel. The
truck is a ZIS-5 model, and the road is paved with well-
defined cobblestones. A very distinctive top ornament
consists of five scrolls and a small triangle pointing up;
the latter is less sharply defined than on the other, more
common Pobeda Factory versions. Note also another feature
characteristic of this specific sub-variation of the early
Pobeda Factory version: the top of the second vertical line
in the Cyrillic character Ы reaches the white band around
In very fine to excellent condition, far better than the
average for a Soviet military badge of WW2 era. The enamel
has only a small number of minor contact marks a few tiny
flakes to the white band that are practically invisible to
the naked eye, and a single scratch in the center that is
not too noticeable or detractive. There are no chips or
glaring damage of any kind. The red enamel still shows very
attractive luster. The details of the truck and wreath are
extremely crisp, and a good amount of the original silver
finish is still clearly visible in their recessed areas.
There is verdigris oxidation on the reverse, not too
detractive and not affecting the obverse of the badge in any
way. The screw post measures about 11.5 mm in length, has
not been reduced. Comes with a period screw plate which fits
perfectly and may be original to the badge.
/See Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945,
p. 119 fig. 1/.