Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg"

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Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg"
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Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg" (obverse)
Awarded by  USSR
Type Campaign medal
Eligibility Citizens of the Soviet Union
Awarded for Participation in the capture of Königsberg
Status No longer awarded
Statistics
Established June 9, 1945
Total awarded ~760,000
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Ribbon of the Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg"
Reverse of the Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg"

The Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg" (Russian: Медаль «За взятие Кёнигсберга») was a World War II campaign medal of the Soviet Union established on June 9, 1945 by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR[1] to satisfy the petition of the People's Commissariat for Defense of the Soviet Union for recognition of the participants of the battle to capture the city of Königsberg from the armed forces of Nazi Germany. The medal's statute was amended on July 18, 1980 by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR № 2523-X.[2]

Medal statute[edit]

The Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg" was awarded to soldiers of the Red Army, Navy, and troops of the NKVD, direct participants of the heroic assault and capture of Königsberg as well as to the organizers and leaders of combat operations in the capture of this city.[1]

Award of the medal was made on behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on the basis of documents attesting to actual participation in the capture of Königsberg. Serving military personnel received the medal from their unit commander, retirees from military service received the medal from a regional, municipal or district military commissioner in the recipient's community.[1]

The Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg" was worn on the left side of the chest and in the presence of other awards of the USSR, was located immediately after the Medal "For the Capture of Budapest".[2] If worn in the presence of Orders or medals of the Russian Federation, the latter have precedence.[3]

Medal description[edit]

The Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg" was a 32 mm in diameter circular brass medal with a raised rim on the obverse. On its obverse at the top, a small relief five pointed star with divergent rays. Below the star, the relief inscription in bold letters on three rows "FOR THE CAPTURE OF KÖNIGSBERG" (Russian: «ЗА ВЗЯТИЕ КЕНИГСБЕРГА»). At the bottom, the relief image of a horizontal laurel branch. On the reverse at the top, a relief plain five pointed star, below the star, the relief date in three rows "10 APRIL 1945" (Russian: «10 АПРЕЛЯ 1945»).[1]

The Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg" was secured by a ring through the medal suspension loop to a standard Soviet pentagonal mount covered by a 24mm wide silk moiré ribbon with 2 mm green edge stripes and five 4 mm wide alternating stripes, three black and two green.[1]

Notable Recipients[edit]

The individuals below were all recipients of the Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg":[4][5]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of June 9, 1945" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1945-06-09. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  2. ^ a b "Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of July 18, 1980 № 2523-X" (in Russian). Legal Library of the USSR. 1980-07-18. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  3. ^ "Decree of the President of the Russian Federation of September 7, 2010 No 1099" (in Russian). Russian Gazette. 2010-09-07. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  4. ^ "List of recipients of the Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg" compiled from en.Wikipedia". English Wikipedia. 
  5. ^ "List of recipients of the Medal "For the Capture of Königsberg" compiled from ruWikipedia" (in Russian). Russian Wikipedia. 

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