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The Soviet medal awarded to 107,540 Red Army personnel for the Defense of Kiev, Aug-Sept 1941. The First Battle of Kiev, according to the Germans, resulted in the largest encirclement of troops in history. The Germans captured an estimated 655,000 Soviet troops in roughly one month of fighting.

Reverse side of the commemorative medal issued on the 300th anniversary of the reign of the Romanov family on the Russian throne.

Russian Military Medal with Red Ribbon by borgovin on Etsy, $20.00

Every Russian Grand Duchess was conferred the Grand Cross of the Order of St. Catherine at her christening (or marriage into the Romanov family), and Princesses of the Imperial Blood were invested upon attaining their majority at 18.