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Wreath with Sword Fight: Gold Finnish Cross of Liberty


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The "wrestling donut" device is one used on Finnish Crosses of Liberty to indicate that it was a combatant military award. The full size of this is the suspension above the Cross.

A gold device on this red and white ribbon indicates a 3rd Class. A silver device (see that scan) would be 4th Class, and gold device on different ribbons was the 2nd Class in the initial 1918 and renewal 1939 and 1941 versions--so dated on the back.

Germans received the 1918 and 1941 types. This is quite a scarce device on German ribbon bars, as here, though normal on Finnish ones. For complete ribbon bars with these, see the main Article text section.

This is on a German ribbon bar, but I have no doubt that aall these devices were actually Finnish-made. They are identical to those found on Finnish ribbon bars. German military effectss deaalers seem to have skipped devices altogether or just used the normal German style swords.


From the album:

Ribbon Bar Devices Gallery

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