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Old 01-13-2008, 10:32 AM   #1
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Waffenbruedershaft in gold to Soviet

This was awarded to General Kurochkin, who at one time was the commander of the Frunze Military Academy (picture to the right).
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Old 03-01-2008, 07:03 PM   #2
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The Waffenbruedershaft medal pictured is the bronze variation (actually looks more like copper). The gold variation will be a lighter gold plated medal with three orange stripes on the grey ribbon. Since gold is specified on the citation, I assume the other image is an example of the medal rather than part of the actual certificate. I've attached an image of the gold version below:

Ooops; my bad. Thanks to Mr. Pickard's fine book, I have found that in most cases it is the basic (lowest level) award that is pictured on the document- the actual level received is noted in the citation. So the document you have pictured is correct; the actual medal received would look like the one I have shown.
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Old 03-03-2008, 09:28 PM   #3
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According to Bartel's DDR - Spezialkatalog 1949-1990 from 1966-1968 the Gold was awarded with one band on the ribbon. Then from 1968 on the Gold went to three bands on the ribbon..

The date on this document is 1966 so the appropriate gold medal and ribbon with one band is depicted.
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I stand corrected. Is the Bartel's book still in print/available? If you know of a source, please either e-mail or send me a PM. Thanks.
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I stand corrected. Is the Bartel's book still in print/available? If you know of a source, please either e-mail or send me a PM. Thanks.
No dice. I bought it about 6-7 years ago.
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OK, I've received the "DDR Spezialkatalog Band 1, Staatliche Auszeichnungen der Deutschen Demokratischen Republik 1949 - 1990" by Frank Bartel. OUTSTANDING! Thanks to all for moving me in this direction. It really is a must-have for collecting DDR awards. Due to information received from this and Ralph Pickard's "Collecting Stasi Memorabilia", I have made a couple more purchases from a much more informed position. Thanks again.
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For all you doubting the wisdom of buy the reference before the book...:idea
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Re: Waffenbruedershaft in gold to Soviet

desantnik - A very nice award document from 1966. The time period for these to have been known to have been awarded before switching to newer award document was in the mid 1970s.
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Re: Waffenbruedershaft in gold to Soviet

Ralph, as always you rock.
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desantnik - Thanks...buddy. At least you are not calling me a rock this time. :D

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