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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


Koivisto Cross


Kollaa Cross


Ladoga Medal


Lapland Cross


Middle Karelian Isthmus Cross (1st Division)


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


Muolaa Cross with ribbon


Pitkaranta Cross


Summa Cross


Taipale Cross


Tolvajarvi Cross


Western Karelia Isthmus Cross


Medal of Liberty (1st Class)


Medal of Liberty (2nd Class)


Cross of Liberty (4th Class)


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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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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. 



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