Excellent Tractor Driver badge, mid 1940s.
Brass, enamels; 46.7 mm x 39.5 mm. The first version of the
Tractor Driver badge, featuring large center medallion and
the top ornament consisting of 5 scrolls with well-defined
In excellent condition, absolutely superb for a combat
proficiency badge of WW2 era. The enamel on the medallion
shows almost none of the usual wear, completely free of any
chips, flaking or significant scratches. It retains
beautiful luster and has only some tiny contact marks and
scuffs. There are only minor scratches to hammer & sickle
emblem, while the raised details of the tractor and wreath
are extremely well preserved and crisp; nearly all of
their original gilt finish is still present. The fragile
grey finish on the border of the shield is almost entirely
intact. The silver finish on the reverse is practically
The screw post is full length, over 13 mm, and includes
original screw plate marked "ShMZ NKPS" which fits
perfectly. To summarize, it would be extremely difficult to
find a better example of the WW2 Military
Tractor Driver badge.
/Airapetyan, Breast Badges of the Red Army, 1941-1945
p. 128, fig. 1/.