Orders and Medals on Soviet Postage Stamps By Mahdi Bseiso continued

900 days, surrounded by Hitler's troops from three sides and by the Finnish from the fourth. Leningrad was constantly being fired at, but not one single German stepped into the well-protected city. VolgogradHero of USSR Commemoration became a "Hero-City" after Hitler sent 29 selected divisions to capture this city. The Soviets were fast to respond and managed to surround this enormous army for 200 days, after which German generals and Field-Marshal Von Pailus himself surrendered on January 31, 1943. For such heroic acts, it would not be possible to issue such a "Gold Star" Medal for every participant in the army, so the cities represented by its entire people were awarded instead. It is also interesting to note that there are more stamps honoring heroes of USSR without picturing any medals, than the ones that actually have a drawing of the Gold Star next to the heroes. Consider the set below, which honors heroes Horuzhaya, Smirnov, Polbin, Vilkov, Zaslonov, and Sivko. Only two out of six stamps in this set have the actual medal drawn, despite the fact that all six people were awarded the title "Hero of the Soviet Union." (continued)
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