1985 Soviet Union Second World War 40th Anniversary Commemorative Medal
On the final day of the Battle of Berlin on May 2, 1945, the Wehrmacht general Helmuth Weidling issued the following order to the German forces under his command: "On 30 April 1945, the Führer [Adolf Hitler] committed suicide, and thus abandoned those who had sworn loyalty to him. According to the Führer's order, you German soldiers would have had to go on fighting for Berlin despite the fact that our ammunition has run out and despite the general situation which makes our further resistance meaningless. I order the immediate cessation of resistance. Every hour you keep on fighting prolongs the suffering of the civilians in Berlin and of our wounded. Together with the commander-in-chief of the Soviet forces I order you to stop fighting immediately. WEIDLING, General of Artillery, former District Commandant in the defence of Berlin" So ended the battle for Germany's capital city - which cost the lives of an estimated 200,000 German and Soviet troops in just 16 days of fighting. The victorious Soviets built three war memorials in Berlin shortly after the war's end in 1945 to commemorate the sheer human cost and sacrifice involved in bringing about an end to the Third Reich Picture 4 shows the entrance to one of these war memorials at Pankow in Berlin - the German text reads "Uncover your head! Here are Soviet soldiers, heroes from the great war 1941-1945, laid to eternal rest." (Photo Credits: Wikimedia) Forty years after World War II's conclusion, the Soviet government issued a commemorative jubilee medal that every surviving Soviet veteran had the right to acquire and wear - this is the medal you see in this listing Item specifics: ----------- Circular brass medal - 35 mm in diameter, attached to a pentagonal mount with a 24mm wide red and green silk ribbon Medal obverse - fireworks, a Soviet soldier holding a PPSh submachine gun alongside a female factory worker and a collective farmer (to acknowledge the efforts of both the battle and home fronts) Medal reverse - Crycllic inscription (Юбилейная медаль «Сорок лет Победы в Великой Отечественной войне 1941—1945) which translates to "Forty Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941–1945" Issue date: April 12, 1985 Mintage: 11,268,980 ----------- Condition as seen in photos Will provide a clear German-made Lighthouse sleeve free of charge to store the medal and provide long-term protection against excessive human handling Ships for free to local destinations via Singpost normal mail Registered mail available on request and at extra charge. Payment via POSB/DBS Bank Transfer or PayPal. Local pickup with cash on delivery at the mutual convenience of both parties is also an option for this listing if you are concerned that the medal will get lost in the mail - please PM for details Thanks for looking!