Russian Front Medal

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Russian Front Medal

Post by Franz Repper » Wed Jul 29, 2009 9:46 am

Ok gents i was asked this the other day and it had me thinking would a soldier serving on the Finnish front get the Ostmedaille ?
As all the books I have state it was for the Russian front ! would Finland be classed as Russian front ? I would say yes as Finland and Germany were fighting the Russians
Denn jedem Kämpfer gibt ein Gott den Kameraden bei

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Re: Russian Front Medal

Post by laurence strong » Wed Jul 29, 2009 11:11 am

"....The region that this campaign medal was to represent stretched eastward of the Ukraine and Ostland and east of the Finnish-Russian border of 1940, known as the operational area "Finnland"..."

Source: WW2 German Medals Chris Ailsby

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Re: Russian Front Medal

Post by Franz Repper » Fri Jul 31, 2009 6:15 am

Thanks good sir :D
Denn jedem Kämpfer gibt ein Gott den Kameraden bei

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Re: Russian Front Medal

Post by Ronald Lameck » Mon Jun 20, 2011 10:56 am

I realise this reply comes very late: I just saw the question.
My wife's Onkel (later adoptive father) received "Die Medaille Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42 (Ostmedaille)" [The Winter Battle in (the) East 1941/42 Medal] on 6 October 1942.
From June, 1941, he was an Obergefreiten [Corporal] with Krankenkraftwagen Zug 616 [Ambulance Platoon 616], part of Gebirgsjagerregiment 138 [Mountain Hunter Regiment 138] of Gebirgsdivisionen 3 [3rd Mountain Division]. It was attached to XVIII Gebirgs Armeekorps [18th Mountain Army Corps] of the Armee Lappland [Lapland Army - later known as 20th Mountain Army].
I take this information directly from the official certificate he was given when he was awarded the medal.
So, to be brief, the answer to your question is an unqualified YES. Soldiers on the Finnish front also received the medal.

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Re: Russian Front Medal

Post by Ronald Lameck » Mon Jun 20, 2011 11:00 am

P.S. Are you aware that the soldiers who received this medal generally referred to it as "Die Friezefleischordnung" [The Order of (the) Frozen Flesh]?

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Re: Russian Front Medal

Post by achim » Wed Jun 22, 2011 12:56 pm

Hello Ronald,

in Landser-slang it's called Gefrierfleischorden, your english explanation is right.

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Re: Russian Front Medal

Post by fridgeman » Wed Aug 10, 2011 3:03 pm

The ribbon of the medal looked like this: Image

A landsers slogan about the medal and its ribbon goes like that:

""In der Mitte die Straße, außen der Schnee, und um uns herum die Rote Armee."

In the middle of the street, snow on the sides, surrounded by the red army.

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Re: Russian Front Medal

Post by Mike Higgins » Mon Feb 06, 2012 9:15 pm

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Hard to see but the dark line, look to the north of Finland and you can pick up the dark line marked ND, this line marks the cut off, everywhere to the right (east) of the line qualified for the Ost Medal. Hope this helps you Franz.

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Re: Russian Front Medal

Post by kash » Thu Mar 01, 2012 10:17 am

Never heard the Lansders slogan explaination before. Shows that GI humor is universal!

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