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Old 01-24-2004, 07:50 AM   #1
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New Convoy Medal - 60th Anniversary ?

As seen in the New Zealand Herald Tribune (12 January 2004).

"Convoy bravery award

A new decoration marking the bravery of World War II northern convoy veterans might be part of commemorations for the 60th anniversary of the end of the war next year, a Russian embassy official says.

Deputy head of mission Alexander Pisarev said the idea was being considered by the Russian Government.

Meanwhile, the Russian embassy wants to invite New Zealand veterans of the Arctic convoys to commemorations in Wellington on May 9 next year. The Russian Convoy Club says there could be up to 300 convoy veterans in New Zealand."

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Old 01-25-2004, 07:01 AM   #2
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Anniversary Medal Collection

I wonder if surviving veterans from other countries will also get this Award if it is minted.
40, 50 and maybe now the 60th anniversary Medal, the vets are going to have quite a Collection!
That would be an interesting group to have with docs.

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Old 01-25-2004, 07:07 AM   #3
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I wonder if surviving veterans from other countries will also get this Award if it is minted.
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There is no reason why they should not get it, as it will be issued by the Russian Federation. The local russian embassies should award it locally.

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RUSSIA-BRITAIN: WW II ARCTIC CONVOY VETS MEET IN RUSSIAN PORT

The 60th anniversary of the first Allied convoy arriving at the Soviet extreme north is celebrated on international programme Dervish 2001.
Today's reunion of Russian and British World War II veterans in Murmansk, major seaport in Russia's northwest, came as part of the galas.
The United Kingdom was represented far better than Russia--by 72 veterans, members of the North Russia and the Russian Convoy clubs, who came to Murmansk yesterday, as against 15 Russians--ten of Murmansk and five St. Petersburgers. Much more will join in later, when the celebrations shift to Archangel, another big seaport in European Russia's north.
It is a second joint Russian-British convoy commemoration. The pattern started with the Dervish 1991, in which the HMS London was taking part. Another British frigate, the Campbelltown, is presently in Murmansk for the celebrations.
The veterans had dinner together later to visit the Zadorny escort vessel of the Russian Northern Fleet and the Campbelltown, which is giving them a reception tonight.

No mention of an anniversary Award though

In this article British Vets are being Awarded 50th anniversary Medals but still no mention of an upcoming 60th anniversary award.

BRITISH NORTHERN CONVOYS VETERANS TO CELEBRATE 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF FIRST CONVOY AT LONDON'S IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM

British veterans of northern convoys will gather on Friday at the Imperial War Museum in London to mark the 60th anniversary of the first British six-vessel convoy arriving in Arkhangelsk (northern Russia).
The headquarters of the club of veterans of these convoys said that the ceremony, to be held in the museum, will pay tribute to 2,800 Britons who died in 1941-1945, discharging the noble mission of rendering help to the Soviet Union in its struggle against Nazism.
The veterans' club considers it symbolic that a solemn get-together will take place at this museum, whose compound contains a monument in honour of Soviet citizens killed in the Second World War.
Among the veterans expected to come to the celebration will also be those who have been given high Russian awards for their valour and heroism.
Although the war ended more than half a century ago, the Russian embassy in London annually, beginning with 1995, awards to northern convoy veterans the jubilee medal instituted in honour of the 50th anniversary of victory in World War II.
Veterans, expressing gratitude to Russia's leadership as they accept Russian awards, sometimes note with bitterness that they were not given the same kind of recognition from the British government. According to them, official authorities in Britain do not include northern convoy participants among Britons eligible for awards for participation in combat operations abroad. True, such injustice is not overlooked by British public opinion and some politicians. In February of this year, for example, Britain's Parliament launched a subscription campaign to demand that the government review its attitude to northern convoys veterans. This petition has been signed by 86 members of the House of Commons.

The Arctic Convoy veterans' associations have two separate campaigns. One is the institution of the Arctic Star to replace the Atlantic Star which was instituted at the end of the Second World War, the other is the formal acceptance and wearing of a Russian campaign medal, the Defence of the Soviet Arctic Region Medal, sometimes referred to as the Defence of the Soviet Polar Region Medal.

The campaign for an Arctic Star
Service on the convoys (commonly referred to by veterans as the Arctic convoys) to Russia during the Second World War was recognised by the award of the Atlantic Star. The qualifying criteria for the medal clearly state that service on convoys to Russia counts towards the award of the Atlantic Star. The eligibility criteria for the range of medals instituted to recognise Second World War service were drawn up by the Committee on the Grant of Honours, Decorations and Medals (known usually as the HD Committee, see above), which advises the Sovereign on all matters relating to Honours and Awards. The Committee took great care with the qualifying criteria of all the campaign medals and stars, before submitting them to King George VI for His approval. The King approved the proposals in the late 1940s and subsequently ruled that no further medals should be instituted for Second World War service. His ruling remains in force today and there are no plans to institute any new medals, or to amend the qualifying criteria of any existing medals.

Those who served on the convoys to Russia feel that they have been treated unfairly as the qualifying criteria for the Atlantic Star include the requirement for a longer period of operational service than was the case for several other campaign stars instituted for Second World War service. Many are disappointed that they did not receive a separate Arctic campaign medal and they feel that the Atlantic Star does not adequately recognise their service. It is clear from contemporary documents that the HD Committee considered very carefully the question of recognition for service in the various campaigns of the war. The intention was to be as inclusive as possible to ensure that service in all the theatres of the war was acknowledged by the award of a medal. There is no evidence that service on the convoys to Russia was singled out in any way as being of less value than service given elsewhere and indeed it would appear that they felt service in the Arctic was worthy of special attention, short of a separate medal.

The awarding of Russian Medals to British veterans
Turning to the Defence of the Soviet Arctic Region Medal, the MoD have received a large volume of correspondence as a result of incorrect press reports saying the Government had refused to allow the acceptance and wearing of this medal. We confirmed with officials in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) that no request had been received by them from the Russian authorities requesting that permission be granted to issue this medal to British veterans. Therefore neither the MOD nor the FCO have refused an offer by the Russians, as has been reported. In the past, the Russian Government has offered medals to British veterans to commemorate significant anniversaries of the end of the Second World War, but this is a new initiative. We understand that it is as a result of negotiations between the Russian authorities and representatives of one of the Russian convoy veterans' associations.

An approach was made by the Russian authorities in the mid-1980s when their 40th Anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War Medal (also known more commonly as the Russian Convoy Medal) was offered to British ex-Servicemen. Originally instituted in 1985 and offered to British veterans shortly afterwards, permission was not granted for it to be accepted and worn at that time. Some years later, further official approaches by the Russians to the British Government through the FCO were reconsidered. In 1994 The Queen granted permission for this medal to be accepted and worn by eligible British citizens. This was considered acceptable in the light of changed circumstances in Russia since the medal was first issued, the improvement in relations between the United Kingdom and the Russian Federation, and the fact that the medal was a commemorative issue, recognising the passing of forty years since the end of the war, rather than a foreign campaign medal. It was made clear at that time that it was not envisaged that permission would be given for any future anniversary medals issued by foreign or Commonwealth Governments to be accepted and worn by British citizens where they related to services wholly rendered more than five years prior to the proposal to make the award.

Despite this, the Russian authorities made a similar approach to the British Government in 1995 when they produced their 50th Anniversary of Victory commemorative medal. They were advised that permission to receive and wear this medal would not be sought from The Queen as The Sovereign does not recognise awards that commemorate an anniversary where permission has already been granted to receive and wear an award for an earlier anniversary of the same event.

Following discussions we have had with our counterparts in the FCO we can confirm that if the Russian authorities ask for the Defence of the Soviet Arctic Region Medal to be officially recognised, the matter will be carefully deliberated by that Department, as are all similar requests from foreign governments.

British and Russian war veterans have gathered in the Russian town of Archangel to mark the 60th anniversary of the first landing of the World War II Arctic convoys.
Thousands of British and Allied men and women died in the convoys, which under heavy German bombardment and through appalling weather escorted supplies to Russia, to help the Red Army fight Hitler on the Eastern front.


British veterans were greeted in Archangel as returning heroes. Wreaths and parades commemorated the Allied effort

Russian navy sailors rehearse for a ceremony to remember what was lost: 18 warships, 87 merchant ships and 3,000 British lives

British and Russian veterans toast with vodka. Some vets are angry the government has not rewarded them with medals

Robert Robertson, left, and Raymond Ball. Most convoy veterans were in their teens in the war and are in their 70s and 80s.

Percy Price, left, embraces Russian veteran Nikolai Chikharev. Russia calls the convoys a "northern saga of heroism"

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Old 05-25-2005, 12:29 PM   #5
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Former US President George Bush (father of George W) was awarded with 60 Yrs Victory medal by Russian President Putin.

Bush served in the US Air Forces during WW2.

Here's the link:

http://lenta.ru/news/2005/05/23/bush1/


"Former US President George Bush shows the medal he received from Russian President Vladimir Putin to commemorate his service as a US Navy pilot in World War II(AFP/Yuri Kadobnov)".
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Chinese veterans get Russian medals

China Daily

CHANGCHUN:

Four silver-haired Chinese veterans two men and two women received medals from the Russian Government yesterday for their help defending the former Soviet Union against the Nazis between 1941 and 1945.

The ceremony took place in Changchun, capital of Northeast China's Jilin Province.

All four veterans served with the No 88 Brigade of the Soviet Union Red army. The brigade was made up of soldiers from Korea, the Soviet Union and China.

"Most of my comrades-in-arms who took part in the war later worked and lived in the three provinces in Northeast China. However, most of them have passed away. The average age of the four of us in Jilin Province is more than 80," said 94-year-old Yan Jize.

"The war, 60 years ago, was one of the most terrible in the world. We will never forget that when the Nazi troops swept through the Soviet Union, these Chinese veterans fought to defend the country under assault," said Vladimir V. Goryachev, deputy consul-general of the Consulate General of the Russian Federation in Shenyang, speaking at the ceremony.

The medal awarded to the four veterans bears the image of the Kremlin, while on the other side is the date of the 60th anniversary of the Soviet Union's victory over Nazi Germany.

One of the veterans was 86-year-old Zhuang Feng, the former vice-director of the Publicity Department of the Changchun municipal Party committee.

She took out her photo album and showed off a group photograph taken with Chairman Mao Zedong and pictures of her wearing the Soviet Union army uniform.

In 1936 she decided to join the anti-Japanese army at the age of 17, with her two-year-old child in her arms and despite her parents' opposition.

Two years later, the Japanese army launched a number of attacks against the First Route of the Northeast Anti-Japanese Allied Army. Zhuang was nominated to be a platoon leader in charge of female soldiers.

Zhuang Feng, together with more than 500 soldiers of the Allied Army, joined the No 88 Brigade of the Soviet Union Red Army in Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province in the winter of 1939.

During her time in the Soviet Union, Zhuang and two dozen other female soldiers received intensive training in medical care and airborne techniques.

"On behalf of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Government I take this opportunity to tell the veterans how much we think of them. It is the highest honour the Russian Government gives to foreigners when commemorating the war," Goryachev said.

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Medal "60 Years Of Victory In The Great Patriotic War 1941-1945".

Here is an LMD Minted piece.
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Re: Medal "60 Years Of Victory In The Great Patriotic War 1941-1945".

Here is another Variation minted by another mint. The rim is rounded on this Variation unlike the bold corners on the LMD made piece.
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Re: Medal "60 Years Of Victory In The Great Patriotic War 1941-1945".

Here is the late Royal Marine Bernard Calvert taken from his (extremely poorly written) obituary in the 6th April 2013 Yorkshire Post.
He served on HMS Rodney and was also awarded the 40 and 50 Commemoratives too (though not pictured).
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Re: Medal "50 Years Of Victory In The Great Patriotic War 1941-1945".

Scans of the "sharp" and "smooth" variation:
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