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Soviets in Afghanistan

Unissued award certificate for the Warrior Internationalist badge, printed in 1988. Comes complete with large red folder with gold lettering on the front cover. Shows facsimile signature of Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev.

Honorary Badge "To a Warrior - Internationalist", Leningrad Mint version, 1980s issue. Near mint condition.

Honorary Badge "To a Warrior - Internationalist", Moscow Mint version, 1980s. Very fine condition.

Afghan Medal for Valor, 1980s. In excellent condition and includes scarce regulation ribbon. This medal was awarded for bravery to both Afghan and Soviet troops.

For a selection of awards issued by Afghanistan during the Soviet occupation, please visit our category "Orders and Medals of Communist Afghanistan"(under "Communist Countries").


Combined Arms Specialist Badge (for officers), 2nd cl., 1960s- 80s.

To see other badges awarded by the Soviet Military, please visit our category "Soviet Army Badges Cold War Era" (under "Soviet Badges").


Badge for Selfless Combat Effort, Turkestan Military District, 1980s. Excellent condition.

Army Proficiency Badge (for enlisted men), 3rd cl., 1980s.

60th Anniversary of the Moskovskiy Border Guard Unit, commemorative badge, 1992. Part of the former Soviet Central Asian Border Guard District (KSAPO), this unit remained on the Tajik-Afghan border following the dissolution of the USSR and was constantly engaged in action against infiltrating Muslim militants and narcotics smugglers. Although a post-USSR issue, the badge is very much Soviet in its design and execution.

GRU Spetsnaz Winter Uniform, dated 1977 / 76. Includes heavy tunic in olive drab with additional separate button-in padded liner and tsygeika lamb fur collar, plus matching pair of pants, also with detachable liner. Size 52-5 (Medium / Large). This is a rare, very early issue of the winter uniform which was later modified to become a well known Afghanka. Both the jacket and pants are in superb unissued condition, with manufacturer's tags.

M 1968 Steel Helmet, dated 1985. The last Soviet model widely used in Afghanistan. The shell is marked Size 1 (Medium), but is large enough to easily accommodate up to size 61/62 (US size 7 3/4). In excellent condition, shows storage age only.

M 1968 Steel Helmet, Size 2 (Large), dailed 1978. The last Soviet model widely used in Afghanistan. The adjustable liner is meant to fit a 60/61cm (US 7 1/2 - 7 5/8) or smaller head, but the shell is large enough to easily accommodate up to size 64 (US 8). In excellent condition, shows storage age only.

Chicom AK-47 chest pouch, so-called "Lifchiki" (bra) used by both sides in Afghanistan. Dated 1983. In unissued condition.

Hat Badge of Presidential Guard of President Najibullah, 1989-92. Extremely scarce item used for a short time by the elite force protecting the president after the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan Excellent condition.

M 1941 Red Army field badge for a side cap, heavy, painted olive drab.

SVD Dragunov sniper rifle canvas cover, dated 1971. About 46" lengthwise, 54" folded. Unissued.

ShZ-71 Air Force leather helmet, winter version with fur lining, dated 1975. Scarce early model in near mint condition.