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Finnish Winter War collection

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Some Finnish Winter War awards I have been fortunate enough to pick-up over the last few years. 

Starting with the: 

Kainuu Cross

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Koivisto Cross

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Kollaa Cross

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Ladoga Medal

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Lapland Cross

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Middle Karelian Isthmus Cross (1st Division)

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Middle Karelian Isthmus Cross (2nd Division - without the helmet)

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Muolaa Cross with ribbon

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Pitkaranta Cross

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Summa Cross

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Taipale Cross

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Tolvajarvi Cross

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Western Karelia Isthmus Cross

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Medal of Liberty (1st Class)

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Medal of Liberty (2nd Class)

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Cross of Liberty (4th Class)

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Cross of Liberty (3rd Class)

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Mourning Cross

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Winter War medal with Taipale clasp and swords

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The Winter War medal was instituted Aug 2. 1940. It was awarded to around 700.000 people. It is a commemorative medal for the war that was in the winter of 1939/40, october 1939 to mars 1940.

 
 

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Hi Graham,

An excellent collection, thanks for sharing it with the membership.

Regards

Brian

 

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Thanks Brian,

One more to share.

Commemorative Medal of the Winter War for foreigners in bronze:

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Nice collection :)

Was it possible to be awarded the Lappland Cross but not the Winter War medal?

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Kvart,

Thanks.

I am fairly sure that if you were eligible for the Lapland Cross you were also eligible for the Winter War medaI.

The criteria to be awarded for the Lapland Cross was that you had to have fought in Lapland during the Winter War.

The criteria to be awarded the Winter War medal was that had to be in some way involved in the Finnish war effort.

I do know that the Lapland Cross was awarded to foreigners, so maybe you could just receive the one only if you were a foreigner. 

Regards,

Graham

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