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Title Papaschka cockade
Nationality Ukrainian
Period c 1918-45

This was worn by Ukrainian military after the Germans pulled out from occupation at the end of WW1 and, later, by Stepan Bandera's men, when they served in the Ukrainian Militia under German command in WW2 against the Russians. Blue and gold are, of course, the Ukrainian colours.

The badge itself is of two-piece construction: the trident element being pinned to the reverse. It would appear to be a gilt wash on a non-ferrous base of some sort. (The trident of Volodymyr the Great (950-1015), officially adoptd by the U in 1918.)

Its condition is excellent for its age. I bought three of these about ten years ago and this is the last one, recently rediscovered in my stores!

If you want to comment on this item—re quality, age, etc—please email me.

[Militaria : Badges : Ukrainian : 20th Century]


I have in the last six months inherited my late father Alan Swain's police memorabilia collection along with much paperwork receipts etc. I would like to pass on to you my thanks for such good dealership with my father going back to the late 80s and well into the 1990s.

Laurence Swain, UK, 20.08.2016

I recieved the medal today and I am very pleased with the quality. It is in excellent condition, both the medal and the ribbon, for an original.

M T, UK, 30.11.2006