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  1. Gents, Price was lowered $505.00 and is currently set at $8,990.00. Regards, slava1stclass
  2. Gents, Interestingly, this set did not sell or was pulled from the auction at some point. Regards, slava1stclass
  3. Gents, This well-worn OGII to a Full Cavalier is currently available for sale in the former Soyuz. You can detect just the faintest traces of gilding on the central medallion. The Full Cavalier was a junior sergeant 45mm anti-tank gun gunner assigned to a rifle regiment. Sadly, this is another example of a Full Cavalier set being broken up with little regard to preserving the complete set of three decorations. This set's OGI was on the market as a stand-alone piece within the past five years. Regards, slava1stclass
  4. Christian, He was a rifleman serving as a private in a rifle regiment/division subordinate to the 69th Army. His final OG was awarded in late April 1945 for action during the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation. Awarded an OGII and two OGIIIs during the war, his second OGIII was amended to an OGI in 1951 at which time he attained Full Cavalier status. Regards, slava1stclass
  5. Gents, It's that time of year once again - "The New York Sale" auction is scheduled for January 9-11, 2018. This year's auction includes one Full Cavalier set to a Guards Junior Sergeant T-34 tank mechanic-driver. He was erroneously awarded three OGIIIs during the war. On August 19, 1955, two of his three OGIIIs were amended to an OGII and an OGI and he officially attained Full Cavalier status - 10 years after the war ended. He was also awarded a BM during the war. Full Cavalier sets to tank crew members are far and few between. The opening bid is set at $12,500.00. Regards, slava1stclass
  6. Gents, This OGI to a Full Cavalier recently sold in the former Soyuz for $8,500.00. He was a senior sergeant artillery gun crew commander assigned to an artillery regiment in a rifle division. His OGI was awarded for valor in combat in Poland in late winter/early spring 1945. Regards, slava1stclass
  7. Wound Stripe Wonder

    Gents, Until happening upon these images, I had not realized the Russian Federation Armed Forces had reintroduced the wound stripe. HRF Senior Praporshchik Grigoriy S. Kirichenko wears the gold wound stripe (severe wound) and HRF Lt Colonel Alexandr L. Sterzhantov wears the red wound stripe (light wound). Each was awarded the Hero of the Russian Federation title (June 21, 1995, and September 25, 1999, respectively) for action against Chechen insurgents in the North Caucasus. Regards, slava1stclass
  8. Gents, Another great photograph from the May 12, 1945, award ceremony - it's the first time I've seen this image. In this picture, GEN Patton presents Lt Gen Zakhvatayev with a U.S Third Army unit flag. This photograph recently sold on the well-known auction site for $49.95. Regards, slava1stclass
  9. Ferdinand, Your above comment is certainly spot on. Huge credit to the Russian Ministry of Defense and other entities for the monumental feat of bringing to light primary source material that otherwise would have been too difficult for most to access. Credit, too, to the web-design team responsible for the database search tools which allow for tailored, precise and rapid queries. I've found very few instances of incorrect data input (resulting in bad search results) as they built/loaded the site e.g., actual NL on podvig is for a BM, however, the podvig web page graphics/info for that award indicate it's for a CSM. My only wish is that the powers to be would finally include all the NLs for the 15 MAY 46 PSS decree - in my case for the Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory. While HSU NLs associated with the 15 MAY 46 decree are available on podvig (based on the official awarding stamp on these HSU NLs' reverse side), those for the Full Cavaliers approved via the 15 MAY 46 PSS decree are not. I find this odd especially considering the fact other post-1945 PSS decrees e.g., for wound awards, are available. Regards, slava1stclass
  10. Gents, In response to many requests, my book is now also available in paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/197349860X?ref_=pe_870760_150889320 Regards, slava1stclass
  11. Gents, Currently available for sale on a dealer's site. This exceptionally pristine OGI was issued close to 25 years after the war ended to replace an erroneously-issued second OGIII to the same soldier. The recipient was a corporal assigned to a rifle regiment with duties as a rifleman and later submachine gunner. He was also awarded the ORS and two BMs during the war. Price: $9,495.00. Regards, slava1stclass
  12. Pattons Soviet Awards

    Gents, This image is from a set of 15 photographs currently for sale on the well-known auction site. They depict a reciprocal award ceremony and reception involving the United States Army 80th Infantry Division and an unknown Soviet unit in Liezen, Austria in mid-May 1945. In this image MG Horace L. McBride, Commanding General, 80th Infantry Division, is seen wearing both the Order of Aleksandr Nevskiy and an unknown class of the Order of the Patriotic War on his uniform jacket's right pocket flap. The unidentified Soviet Major General wears the Legion of Merit in the degree of Legionnaire (confirmed via a separate photograph) although it is difficult to discern in this image. Regards, slava1stclass
  13. Gents, These two images are from a set of 15 photographs currently for sale on the well-known auction site. They depict a reciprocal award ceremony and reception involving the United States Army 80th Infantry Division and an unidentified Soviet unit in Liezen, Austria in mid-May 1945. The first image depicts two Soviet officers at the post-award ceremony reception who had been awarded the U.S. Army Bronze Star Medal. The second image is a first for me. The Soviet female lieutenant wears the U.S. Army Combat Infantryman Badge below her Bravery Medal. Clearly this resulted from a soldier-to-soldier token badge swap and was not officially awarded. Regards, slava1stclass
  14. Wound Stripe Wonder

    Gents, Another "seven striper." Picture dates to July 5, 1945. Regards, slava1stclass
  15. Gents, Currently available at auction in the former Soyuz. Order of Glory awards to aviation personnel tend to command a premium - even more so in cases of double awards let alone those to Full Cavaliers. Senior Sergeant N. Ya. Pavlenko was an IL-2 Shturmovik aerial gunner. He was awarded the OPWII, OGII and OGIII. He was credited with two confirmed shoot downs - a Fw-190 (cited in his OGIII recommendation) and a Me-109 (cited in his OPWII recommendation). He flew with the 637th Assault (Ground-attack) Aviation Regiment, 227th Assault Aviation Division. The current high bid for this low serial number set is approximately $675.00. Regards, slava1stclass