The pin represents a combination of the main symbols of the Soviet government. In the center of the pin there are a bayonet, sickle, hammer and star, joined together, and an above flapping red revolutionary flag. The whole composition is framed with a laurel wreath interwoven with a red ribbon at the bottom. The inscription on the ribbon reads: “Veteran”.
The bayonet, hammer, sickle and star symbolize readiness for the armed struggle and the unity of the army, workers and peasants in pursuit of a common goal – to reach the communism.
The red flag of victory is a symbol of the state sovereignty of the USSR and the unbreakable alliance of workers and peasants in their struggle to build a communist society.
The laurel branch is a symbol of troth to duty, valor and glory of the Soviet soldiers.
Fastening is on a safety pin. The method of painting is cold enamel.
The pin was made in the USSR in the late 1980s and was never reproduced.
The distinctive features of the rarity original pin are the manufacturer’s unique mark and stamped price on the back of the pin. In the Soviet Union due to the absence of the freewheeling economy, goods prices had been fixed for the whole country.
The text stamped on the back of the pin “Tz50K” means “Price 50 kopecks.” In modern Russia one could buy nothing for such a sum of money.
The pin is a valuable collector’s item.
DOSAAF USSR was a popular defensive and patriotic organization, whose purpose was to promote the strengthening of the country’s defense and training of workers to defend the socialist fatherland. The idea of creating defensive organizations for the civilians occurred in 1927.
The organization was engaged in teaching everyone aviation, parachuting and radio sports, driving vehicles, shooting fire-arms and air guns, preparing young people for a variety of military specialties, development of other military applied sports.
Me, who is writing these lines, is also one of the last graduates of the organization. I graduated it with distinction in 1993. My specialty was radio-electronic warfare.