WW2 German 5th Don Cossack Cavalry Badge for “Russian” Volunteer

$1,500.00

Excellent Condition

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A very rare badge worn by the only unit of Russian Cossacks to fight against the Bolsheviks on behalf of German in WW2. The members of this unit were immediately shot by the Russians if captured during the war. After the war, any Cossack that served the Germans and could not escape the Russians were also shot, hung, or otherwise dispatched and retaining this badge would have been an immediate death sentence for any Cossack. Consequently most were destroyed or buried and very few have survived. This specimen was stamped in a press as were all other originals and not cast in a mold. A very rare and original badge.

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