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Badge awarded to a Soviet veteran for the 25th anniversary of victory over Germany

Object | Accession Number: 2003.449.5

Russian war veteran badge awarded to Ilya Yoffe in recognition of his service as an officer in the Soviet Army during World War II. The badge was instituted March 17, 1970 and was issued to all Soviet veterans for their gallantry and bravery during World War II as well as foreign citizens, veterans, and heads of delegations who visited the Soviet Union to participate in the celebration on May 8, 1970. This badge was issued to over 11 million people. On June 22, 1941, Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Ilya Yoffe was an enlisted student at the political military school in Bryansk. After completing his military education in February 1942, he fought on the First Baltic Front from April to May 1943, where he took part in the defense of Leningrad. In early 1945, he was transferred to the 269th Guard Rifle Regiment of the 88th Guard Rifle Division. From April 1945 until the end of the war, Lieutenant Yoffe fought on the First Belorussian Front. His regiment fought in the Battle of Berlin where he participated in street to street combat, capturing three fortified houses in the city and apprehending thirty German prisoners. After the conclusion of the war, Ilya moved to Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg).

issue:  1970 May 08
manufacture: Soviet Union
issue: Soviet Union
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ilya Yoffe
Record last modified: 2020-06-30 09:25:21
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