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Here we have a Medaille Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42 by Rudolf Souval packet! This was awarded to individuals who served on the German Eastern Front during 15 November 1941 to 15 April 1942. It is constructed out of a die struck zinc-alloy base that has been silver washed, chemically blackened and lacquered. The round shaped obverse depicts an early national closed winged eagle clutching a stagnant swastika in its talons, in front of a laurel leaf and berry branch, all below an M35 pattern helmet and a model 24 grenade. The reverse reads: “Winterschlacht Im Ostem 1941/42” (Winter Battle in the East 1941/42), which is above a crossed sword and laurel leaf and berry branch and below that same helmet and grenade. To the top is an internal loop and ring. The ring is unmarked and the award exhibits typical R. Souval die characteristics (feet, grenade lip, and ‘N’). The rings holds approximately 7 3/8 inches of original red, white and black rayon ribbon. It measures approximately 1 3/8 inches wide by 1 5/8 inches tall. The award comes housed in its appropriate tan brown paper packet. The obverse of the packet reads: “Medaille “Winterschlacht im Osten 1941/42” (Ostmedaille)”, in black print. The reverse reads: “Rudolf Souval Wien 62/VII” which is surrounded in a rectangular black box, to the bottom left. The slit where the top fold goes into is ripped 3/8 of an inch to the edge. It measures approximately 2 5/16 inches wide by 4 1/8 inches tall. A fine assembly!
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