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    Posted 9 years ago

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    Here is a nice Original Kuban shield. It was brought back by a WWII Vet who served in the Army. One of the interesting things is, The man was Korean.

    Shows some nice patina and has a piece of thread hanging onto it from when it was sewn on the uniform. Tells me this was issued to a solider, And removed from a tunic. Possibly from a KIA German Solider???

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    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      Do you have any info on the meanings of the words. I think I have had or seen a badge marked kuban before. Actual translation is Cuban but obviously not correct. One word translates to lagoon but that can be misleading in translations as it can mean other things such as "lake". Other words don't appear to be German to my limited German. Maybe Latvian/ Estonian?
      I've dumped this on some dutch friends who speak German & know a lot about other dialects so maybe they can help. Did the guy say what area he obtained it from?
    2. Driewer Driewer, 9 years ago
      Well, the Kuban region I believe was in the Ukraine If I remember correctly. It was issued to Military personnel that protected the bridge heads in that region. Wikipedia says something about them being preserved. They were supposedly worn on all uniforms, combat tunics, and dress uniforms.

      There is limited information on this award. I do not have any idea what the words mean. Any idea about the Value? I know I got a good price on it. But The ones for sale drastically vary in price.
    3. Driewer Driewer, 9 years ago
      I bought this from a friend, He got it from a family member for the veteran. Those black wound, Ostfront medal, and the NCO gas defense badge, and now this Kuban shield Were all brought back from the same Veteran. So it tells me he ran into some soldiers who fought on the eastern front.
    4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      That's making more sense as the language had a Ruskie twang to it. Strange how a U.S. soldier came to have it?
    5. Driewer Driewer, 9 years ago
      Yes sir, It is strange really, The man was also Korean, and sounds like he was in before the war broke out. Very interesting story. But Im sure Divisions were took from the eastern front to the west. But Id say the Soldiers he took this stuff from, were probably from the eastern front.
    6. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 9 years ago
      Hoards of Germans fled west to surrender instead of being taken by the Ruskies as the Ruskies were really, really pissed off. That could easily explain it.
    7. Driewer Driewer, 9 years ago
      Good point there!
    8. Driewer Driewer, 9 years ago
      Awesome!! Thanks for the Additional information Jason!

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