This medal is better known as the Russian Front Medal. This one shows signs of wear. Some of the finish has flaked away from the zinc. This is common with most zinc based medals. They do not hold their finish well. It still shows nicely. The ribbon is very short (1 5/8 inches long). It seems almost as if the soldier cut the excess to have ribbon to sew through his button hole. There are those that like pristine items and those that like evidence of wear. This one says...I have been at the front.
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