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Established on 20 May 1942, the Order of the Patriotic War was a decoration of the Soviet Union for heroic deeds during the Great Patriotic War, the Soviet term for World War II. It was awarded to members of the armed forces, security troops, and partisans.
The decoration was the first Soviet order established during the war, and the first to be divided into two classes. There were 324,903 1st class and 951,652 2nd class issued.
It features a red enamel five-pointed star, made of silver, with straight rays in the background, and crossed sabre and rifle. The rays were golden for 1st class and silver for the 2nd. The central disc has a golden hammer and sickle on a red enamel background, surrounded by a white enamel ring with the words ОТЕЧЕСТВЕННАЯ ВОЙНА (Patriotic War).