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  1. Gents, Price was lowered $505.00 and is currently set at $8,990.00. Regards, slava1stclass
  2. Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory - Present Day Market Realities My interest in Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory (which extends back some 15 years) has led me to the following general observations ref the collectors market for Full Cavalier sets that has developed in the United States and Europe over this period. I offer the following as my personal observations and welcome your comments/opinions. The Hierarchy of Collectability (defined by dealers' asking prices for a Full Cavalier set ranked from most expensive to least expensive) as of 24 February 2006: 1) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals with accompanying Full Cavalier award booklet that includes photo of recipient, official military commissariat stamp on photo and date when booklet was issued plus all standard entries. 2) Same as 1) above but the photo does not have the official military commissariat stamp and the booklet lacks an entry for date of issue. 3) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals with accompanying Full Cavalier award booklet but award booklet is missing the photo, official military commissariat stamp and date booklet was issued. 4) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals with accompanying Ordenskaya Knizhka with or without photo. 5) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals with accompanying Voenniy Bilet. 6) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals with research e.g. Special Awards Card for HSU and Full Cavalier and/or Standard Awards Card and/or copies of Glory Award Citations. 7) Order of Glory 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class medals that stand alone without accompanying documentation of any sort. NOTES: 1) Over the past 15 years I have encountered a few category 1) Full Cavalier sets that also included the associated Ordenskaya Knizhka (OK). These occasions have been far and few between. In those instances where I have seen them, all of the other accompanying awards (e.g. Red Star or Medal for Valor) were never included/available with the set. For this reason, I have not included a separate ranking for category 1) - 3) Full Cavalier sets that might also include the OK since, in my judgment, dealers don't necessarily adjust the price upwards unless the orders/medals identified in the OK are also with the group. 2) The above ranking does not consider Full Cavalier sets that include duplicate Orders of Glory in their make up. While the duplicate(s) may be original in every respect, their presence markedly detracts from the sets' historic/monetary value. BOTTOM LINE: My observation is that dealers' asking prices for a Full Cavalier set generally follow the above guideline. I look forward to your thoughts. Regards, slava1stclass
  3. Gents, Interestingly, this set did not sell or was pulled from the auction at some point. Regards, slava1stclass
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. Wound Stripe Wonder

    To all: This gentleman took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. Regards, slava1stclass
  11. 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
  12. The following U.S. Army decorations were awarded to Red Army personnel for heroism or meritorious service in World War II: Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) - 53 Distinguished Service Medal (DSM) - 20 Silver Star (SS) - 119 Legion of Merit (LOM) - 321 By degree: - Chief Commander - 7* - Commander - 35 - Officer - 85 - Legionnaire - 194 Bronze Star Medal (BSM) - 40** Notes: *Documentation is available to verify the award to MSU Zhukov. Awards of the LOM in the degree of Chief Commander to MSUs Govorov, Meretskov, Rokossovskiy, Vasilevskiy as well as General of the Army Eremenko and Chief Marshal of Aviation Novikov, however, are based solely on photographic evidence. **Information available in an OMSA publication suggests that the number of BSMs awarded to Red Army personnel was higher. This is likely true since many BSMs were awarded at the U.S. Army corps level and below. The number above reflects only those BSMs to Red Army personnel authorized by War Department General Orders. I came across no hard evidence to confirm that either the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) or Soldier's Medal (SM) was awarded to Red Army personnel. This same OMSA publication, however, indicates that three DFCs and one oak leaf cluster (OLC) to the DFC as well as one SM were awarded. As with awards of the BSM, it is also likely that the number of LOMs awarded to Red Army personnel may be higher for the reasons cited above. Should you wish to confirm the award of any one of the above U.S. Army decorations to a specific Red Army soldier, please contact me via private message. I will be happy to check my list and furnish specific information concerning the awarding authority. The U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal awarded to top Soviet ace Pokryshkin (Triple HSU) is clearly seen in the below photo. Regards, slava1stclass
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. Wound Stripe Wonder

    Gents, Another "seven striper." Picture dates to July 5, 1945. Regards, slava1stclass
  19. Gents, An extremely crisp image of the U.S. Army Bronze Star Medal awarded to Guards Captain V. P. Kuzyukov. During the war, Kuzyukov commanded the 101st Guards Independent Reconnaissance Company assigned to the 98th Guards Rifle Division. The division participated in the Vienna and Prague operations and was subordinate to the 3rd Ukrainian Front. Kuzyukov's Bronze Star Medal likely resulted from a reciprocal field award presentation as U.S. and Soviet forces linked up in Czechoslovakia at war's end. Kozyukhov's sole Soviet decoration was the OPWII. At the time this photograph was taken (August 1946), the 98th Guards Rifle Division had converted to/been redesignated the 98th Guards Airborne Division. Regards, slava1stclass
  20. Gents, In the end, it sold in the $2,600.00 to $3,000.00 range. Regards, slava1stclass
  21. ARAB MEDALS -- Morocco

    Gents, I have come across a reference to two Moroccan decorations that were allegedly awarded to an American Medal of Honor recipient during WWI. He was a sergeant assigned to the 1st Division. The only information I have to work with is the following, "Recognition by the Moroccan Government, two medals, Senior and Junior." Might anyone venture a guess as to which medal(s) might be referred to here? Thank you. Regards, slava1stclass
  22. Gents, This Order of Bogdan Khmelnitskiy III Class was awarded to a Full Cavalier of the Order of Glory. It is currently at auction in the former Soyuz. At the moment, the high bid stands at $2,445.00. In general, the OBKIII was infrequently awarded to enlisted men during the war. That said, only a handful of Full Cavaliers were recipients. The real takeaway, however, is that any orders and medals awarded to Full Cavaliers (beyond their three OGs) tend to command a premium. Regards, slava1stclass
  23. Gents, Request your assistance in identifying two decorations on the attached image. First, the fifth decoration on the top row (to the right of the Medaille militaire as you view the image) and then the first decoration on the second row (to the left of the Italian War Cross as you view the image). Thank you. Regards, slava1stclass
  24. Medal Identification - WWI Medal of Honor Recipient

    Peter, Your characterization, "...this fellow was a genuine hero with multpile awards who still felt it necessary to gild the lily!" is spot on. For some guys, there is never enough. See these for more on him: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daniel_R._Edwards http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cdm/ref/collection/tc/id/53223 Regards, slava1stclass
  25. Medal Identification - WWI Medal of Honor Recipient

    Gents, After a bit of digging, I have some possible candidates. None of them makes sense. When reading about the recipient's personality and his oversized braggadocio, however, I guess I shouldn't be surprised. His very dubious entitlement to the British MC is yet another indicator. It appears the first medal in question is either the Belgian King Albert Medal or the Belgian Political Prisoner's Medal 1914-1918. In this same vein, the unidentified cross in the second row may well be the Belgian Civic Decoration 1914-1918. I've attached images of all three for your review/comparison. Again, he is a legitimate WWI Medal of Honor, DSC, Silver Star and Purple Heart (w/ 1OLC) recipient. The French Legion of Honor, French Croix de guerre with bronze palm, Belgian Croix de guerre with bronze palm, Italian War Cross and Montenegrin Medal for Military Bravery all also appear legit based on his WWI service. The French Medaille militaire I'm less certain of. Regards, slava1stclass