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Medal "For Battle Merit"
Medal for Merit in Combat.jpg
Medal "For Battle Merit" and its ribbon (obverse)
Awarded by  USSR
Type Military medal
Eligibility Citizens of the Soviet Union
Awarded for "Combat action resulting in a military success, courageous defense of the state borders, or successful military and political training and preparation"
Status No longer awarded
Established October 17, 1938
Total awarded 5,210,000
Next (higher) Medal of Ushakov
Next (lower) Medal of Nakhimov
Ribbon of the Medal "For Battle Merit"

The Medal "For Battle Merit" (Russian: Медаль "За боевые заслуги") was a Soviet military medal awarded for "combat action resulting in a military success", "courageous defense of the state borders", or "successful military and political training and preparation".

It was created on October 17, 1938 by the decision of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union. Like the Medal "For Courage", its status was revised to prevent the medal from being given for years of service (a practice that was rampant in the USSR) rather than actual bravery during a battle. More than 5,210,000 medals were awarded between 1938 and 1991.

See also

  • Awards and decorations of the Soviet Union


  • Great Soviet Encyclopedia
  • Kolesnikov G.A. & Rozhkov A.M., Orders and medals of USSR, Moscow, Mil. lib., 1983.

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