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    I am trying to identify this medal that is amongst mainly Soviet Russian Insignia

    on a side cap obtained in Russia by the father of an Irish friend.

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    #13083
    jomsa editor
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    As you suspected, the inscription reads "For Minesweeping". Dick Flory

    #13097

    Hallo Dick, :D

    thanks for that titbit, any info on when, what criteria it was given for?

    Kevin. :D

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    Christophe
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    Hi,

    Don’t know a lot about this one, but it is not an official medal, nor somethng (badge…) official. One of the numerous private initiatives…

    Cheers.

    Ch.

    #13305
    Frank Dutil
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    Terribly sorry to contradict you Christrophe, but it is in fact as offical as they come. Badge for minesweeping, instituted on 16 May 1975 by Order #141 of the Minister of Defence of the USSR.

    Kevin, I’m translating the award criteria, should have it for you some time tomorrow.

    Cheers!

    #13307
    Christophe
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    Hi Frank,

    OK I stand corrected.. :mrgreen: Many thanks.

    Cheers.

    Ch.

    #13312
    Frank Dutil
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    Badge for Military Minesweeping.
    Instituted on 16 May 1975 by Order 141 of the Minister of Defense of the USSR.

    Awarded to members of the Soviet Navy who distinguished themselves in minesweeping duties, for the destruction and disarmament of sea mines, and who displayed skill and courage in the exercise of their functions.

    According to the regulations, the badge is conferred on the orders of the Commander of the Soviet Navy upon recommendation from fleet and flotilla commanders.

    The first badges were awarded to the Soviet sailors under rear-admiral Zuenko who cleared the Bay of Bengal and access to the main port of Chittagong in Bangladesh, and to the Soviet sailors under Captain 1st grade Apollonova who cleared 1250 square miles of the Gulf of Suez.

    You also have a second Soviet award on that hat: https://www.omsa.org/photopost/showphoto.php?photo=8936

    #13313
    Christophe
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    Badge for Military Minesweeping.(…) and to the Soviet sailors under Captain 1st grade Apollonova who cleared 1250 square miles of the Gulf of Suez.

    The Captain 1st grade was a female… ;)

    Ch.

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    Many thanks for the info regarding the items on the hat, I have passed the info onto the owner
    Is it possible the hat is a put together for tourists to buy?

    #14724
    Christophe
    Participant

    Absolutely, it is. You find these on every Russian flea market, and even in Berlin… :(

    Cheers.

    Ch.

    #14726
    Frank Dutil
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    Many thanks for the info regarding the items on the hat, I have passed the info onto the owner
    Is it possible the hat is a put together for tourists to buy?

    Oh yes! You’ll also find them at just about every gun show or flea market in North America!

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