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Badge of a Veteran of the 318th Naval Infantry Division, 1970s-80s.
Aluminum, paint, lacquer. Medallion measures 38.2 mm wide. Shows a gunboat in the center; the writing in the white band is "Veteran of the 318th Amphibious Assault Division. Novorossiysk". Maker mark on the reverse of the suspension is of the Experimental Factory Suvenir in Volgograd. Excellent condition.
The division took part in the bloody fighting on the "Malaya Zemlya" beachhead and the battle for Novorossiysk, later made famous by Leonid Brezhnev's memoirs. In 1944, the division was transformed into mountain rifle unit.