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Badge of a Veteran of the 1941 Defense of Gangut (Hanko) Naval Base, unnumbered version, circa 1980s.

In aluminum, paint and lacquer; medallion is 38.7 mm tall (incl. eyelet), 36.9 mm wide. Inscirbed "Gangut 1941" on the obverse. The reverse has raised inscription "164 Days of Defense". The reverse of the suspension shows logo of the Special Design Bureau of the X-Ray Equipment in Leningrad / St. Petersburg (which produced badges as a sideline during the Soviet era.) In excellent, near mint condition.

Gangut is the Russian name for Hanko Peninsula in Finland and the naval base that the Soviets had acquired there following the 1939-40 "Winter War". Despite the disastrous losses suffered by the Soviet Baltic Fleet in the first weeks of the German Blitzkrieg, the base had remained fully operational and a real thorn in the side of both the Germans and Finns for quite a while. The Soviet sailors even used it to launch several amphibious assaults on neighboring islands and only left the isolated base in late November - early December 1941. The five-month long defense and operations of the base - and the unprecedented, icebreaker-led evacuation of its 25000-men strong army garrison - became legendary, a matter of pride for generations of Russian sailors.

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