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Crusade Against Communism Medal
1942-1944


This medal was instituted by Royal Decree No. 1014 of April 1, 1942 and was awarded to military personelirrespective of rank as well as civilians who had distinguished themselves in the battles on the Eastern front. The medal could be awarded without bars, but the following bars were authorized: BUCOVINA, BASARABIA, DOBROGEA, NISTRU, ODESSA, BUG, NIPRU, AZOV, CREMEEA, DONET, MAREA NEAGARA.

The medal is dated 1941, and it was awarded through 1944. After 1944, Romania was occupied by the Soviets, and this award became obsolete. In fact if would have been very unhealthy to be found with this medal under the Communist regime that followed the War. 

This particular example has the original ribbon, which is in perfect condition except for a slight "pull" on the front. What appears to another pull on the reverse is actually a stitch which holds the clasp.

The clasping method used to secure the ribbon is unique to Romania. I have only ever seen this method on WWII era Romanian medals. The design would make replacing or cleaning of the medal much easier than most methods of attachment.

The medal reads:
Obverse:
CRUCIADA IMPOTRIVA COMUNISMULUI 

Reverse:
ROMANIA RECUNOSCATOARE 

Translation:
Obverse: 
Crusade against Communism

Reverse:
Romania is thankful

 


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Obverse: Crusade Against Communism Medal
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Reverse:
Crusade Against Communism Medal