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C 27 -- Khalkin Gol, 1039-2004

Pretty uncommon, can't have been many recipients?

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And the document interior spread. Yes, blue-coloured plastic. Not in great shape!

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And a closeup of the (very blue) recipient.

Edited by Ed_Haynes

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C 06 -- Choibalsan's Best Shooter

These have been well discussed on and off in isolated threads. This is the Type 1 badge (angled rifle);I don't have a Type 2 (horizontal rifle) yet.

There is variability in manufacturing over time, mainly reduction in weight. I have an older one (shown here) at 15.7 g and a leter lightweight (can we use that word in connection with Choibalsan?) at 14.15 g.

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C 18 -- 40 Years of the Victory over German Fascism and Japanese Militarism

1945-95.

A modest little badge for a big anniversary.

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C 19 -- Memory, 1945-1985

Presumably, a 40th anniversary badge for WWII?

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C 24 -- Khalkin Gol

An undated anniversary badge? Two varieties, in bronze and in aluminum.

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C 35 -- 50 Years of the MPA

1921-71.

Edited by Ed_Haynes

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C 57 -- 70 Years of the MPA

1921-91.

Enamel banged-about, sorry.

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C NIB 01 -- 30 Years of Khalkin Gol

1939-69.

Enamel damage, as is usual for these tiny badges (the medal is just 21 mm).

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C 26 -- 40th Anniversary of Khalkin Gol

1939-79. (Battushig shows this as "1939-1973" but the badge reads "1939-1979".)

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C 01 -- Army Pin

The grandfather of them all, the first pin for the Mongolian Army, ca. 1921. This one, though in generally good condition, has been altered for sewing directly onto the uniform.

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