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Old 03-15-2003, 12:25 AM   #1
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Komsomol Dembels

Can anyone ID this badge or is it just a variation of the small komosomol badge?
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Old 03-20-2003, 06:20 AM   #2
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No idea. Regional office variation?? Anything on the back??

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Old 03-20-2003, 02:19 PM   #3
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Here is the back, sorry not much to go on.
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Old 03-20-2003, 02:41 PM   #4
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Actually...

This is a 2 pin setup...

The top, red piece is VLKSM pin that eveyone had!
The bottom one is some other Communist pin...

It looks like one was glued on top of another!

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Old 03-20-2003, 05:22 PM   #5
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Rusty,

The bottom piece is made from an soldiers belt buckle. It's a perfect example of Dembel' (soldiers returning home) art.

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Old 03-20-2003, 06:32 PM   #6
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Thanks very much Nota!
That makes perfect sense as the badge was pinned to a Dembel' uniform for a Motor Rifle infantryman. I did have my doubts as the authenticty of the badge as it looked like it was crudely constructed. Apprently this type of badge was quite popular with demobbed infantrymen as I have seen it on uniforms on more than one occasion.
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Old 04-25-2003, 07:32 PM   #7
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Another variation
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Old 04-25-2003, 07:48 PM   #8
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Interesting, when exactly did these dark coloured VLKSM badges start being issued to members of Komsomol organisations...?
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Vikingraider1,

These were never issued, but rather manufactured by soldiers returning home after their turn of duty, and served only to dress up their uniforms.

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Old 04-26-2003, 05:06 PM   #10
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Thanks Nota but I know that the badge was manufactured by the soldiers but the VLKSM badge in the centre is a darker colour than some of the ones I seen. Have you any idea when these were issued? I have a M1956 parade uniform, actually dated at 1969 and it has a VLKSM badge with a medium shade of red, so this darker version is obviiously newer.
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