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  1. Some comments on the operation mentioned in the citation. "landing operations at Ozereika, Stanichka" were the landing operations taking place 3-9 February 1943. Their objectives were to capture and expand bridge head and subsequently encircling the German forces in the port town Novorossiysk. Ozereika was the primary landing zone. Stanichka was a diversion action. But the event didn't envelop according to the plan. A number of mishaps happened so, that the main landing force was redirected to Stanichka and landed there. Later the expanded bridge head was held for 225 days. It's name was coined by Leonid BREZHNEV as "Malaya Zemlya" - "Minor Land". But during the war it was rather called "Cape Myskhako landing". The minesweeper T-412 "Areseny Rasskin" was assigned to the ill-fated Ozereika landing detachment. It towed the floating barge #6 carrying troops and a number of Stuart tanks. Several times the tow rope was broke due to stormy weather and fixing time caused T-412 minesweeper to be delayed. As the result it came later to the landing zone. The barges were towed to the shore by small tow boat, not minesweepers. The barge #6 reached the shore under heavy fire at 05:50 and landing commenced immediately. Soon after the barge, like two other landing pages were set ablaze and destroyed. Then among other many mishaps of the operation, maybe the worst, happened. The landing force commander reported that the landing failed and order retreat. This is despite the fact that some landed unit had certain success and needed reinforcement. Instead, trying to avoid further losses, the commander ordered retreat. The mistake was caused lack of communication with the landing force and poor visibility. The remained troops of the second landing wave were redirected to the Stanichka zone instead. The minesweeper "Areseny Rasskin" transported reinforcements (165 rifle brigade) to Stanichka on 6 February. The troops at Ozereika had initially won the landing egangement and manage to advance 4km into the land, but without resupplies and communication were overcome by the German-Rumanian reinforcements. Landing zones location: Ozereika landing zone: The aftermath.. .
  2. Very high quality production. Thanks for sharing!
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    Boris Prokozov

    Here is the record for ORB # 114821 being awarded to Petty Officer 2st Class PROKAZOV.
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    Boris Prokozov

    So great of a read! Thank you very much for sharing!
  5. A nice little catch - Red Star warded to radio section leader of minesweeper "Areseny Rasskin", Balck sea fleetю Master Sergeant I class KUZNETSOV NIKOLAY PETROVICH, 1919. Citation is written 18 August 1944. It is nicely depicts the operational history of the minesweeper T-412 "Areseny Rasskin": "During the Great Patriotic war, he proved himself as courageous, steadfast, highly disciplined, and technically skilful master sergeant. He took part in all missions of the ship since the first days of the war. Participated in Feodosia operation in 1941 and Sudak operation in 1942. Participated in all the missions for resupplying Soviet Army unit with arms and provision in heroic Sevastopol. Participated in the skirmish operations at Rumanian coast and destruction of the enemy convoy. Participant of the landing operations at Ozereika, Stanichka, and Solenoe lake. In all these engagements, master sergeant I class KUZNETSOV proved himself as excellent specialist and provided the ship with uninterrupted communication channel. His hardware equipment is always in excellent shape. He skillfully and selflessly performed his duty under any circumstances. There has been no failures of the equipment under his supervision during the period of the war. With his selfless and exceptionally hard work, he aided successful fulfilment of the combat objectives given by the Command. During the submarine rescue mission on 24-25 February 1944, in heavy storm, master sergeant I class KUZTNETSOV personally provided uninterrupted communication to the flagship and the home base. For selfless and exceptionally hard work, for providing excellent communication to the ship during combat operations, for personal courage in the struggle against the German invaders, master sergeant I class KUZNETSOV is worthy of "Red Star" order." Some photos of the minesweeper T-412 "Areseny Rasskin"
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    Soviet fieldpost letter

    An interesting extension to my collection and excellent letter linked to the pilot Vsevolod RASPOPOV, who was shot down over Crimea and captured by Germans. See posts #11 of this thread. This is one is addressed to RASPOPOV's father, Yuri Alekseevich Raspopov, and written by a stranger woman. Greetings, Yuri Alekseevich. Your son Vsevolod RASPOPOV - the pilot who has been a prisoner of war in the town Simferopol for about 2 weeks. On the night of 13 March 1944, i.e. when Germans retreated, they were taken away in unknown direction. Their further fate is unknown? The previously captured pilots were kept and later transported to the West. They were captured at Syvash lakes. The engine broke, they tried to escape but were captured. I was working in the unit where the pilots were held. I supplied them with our newspapers and some other items. All these 4 pilots asked me to inform their families about them. I am SHUSHAKOVA Vera Tikhonovna. My address is town Simferopol, Zhelyabova street 15. Please, let me know if you received this message. My duty is to inform you and fulfil their wish. The house at the address Simferopol, Zhelyabova street 15.
  7. Hello, Guards private TOSHMATOV, 1913 was awarded just one order in WW2. But it took 42 year for him to get it in 1987... This is so called "award found its hero" decoration. Much longer delays are known than 42 years. Some of such awarding ceremonies were done after year 2000... Guard private TOSHAMTOV (145 Guards rifle regiment, 50 Guards rifle division) distinguished himself in the engagement near German town Baruth (50km South of Berlin) on 27 April 1945. Citation: He proved himself as steadfast and courageous defender of the Motherland when repelling enemy counter attack during the fight for elimination of encircled enemy force near the town Baruth /Germany/ on 27 April 1945. Comrade TASHMATOV, risking his own life, flanked the enemy and eliminated 11 enemy soldiers with his carbine, captured one German officer. Engagement description according to the combat journal of 50 Guards rifle division: The German forces of 712 infantry division and 21 Grenadier SS division were trying to break through in Western direction. They attacked 148 Guards rifle regiment and a group of app. 200 German troops managed to break through on the right flank, the area between station Baruth and the hill 58.4. By 10:00 the enemy force was counter attacked by 148 and 150 Guards rifle regiments and eliminated.
  8. Hello, This is an interesting award, I think. One of those small phaleristic peculiarities. The veteran: Captain of army service corps KALIN Dmitry Aleksandrovich, 1897. His whole military career in the Navy was as a clerk in service corps. The order itself is just a long service one and not for an outstanding field action. All his 3 orders are long service ones: Red Star #922702, Red Banner #164245, Lenin order #120941. Nonetheless, there are a couple of interesting facts about the veteran. Firstly, it was bestowed upon an "award officer" of the White Sea flotilla officer corps personnel department. I think it is interesting to have an award for a Navy officer responsible for award process for other officers. Another interesting fact is that according to his service record, he participated in the "Ice Cruise of the Baltic Fleet" in March-April 1918. This was an operation in which Rissian/Soviet Baltic Navy escaped capture by German troops in the ports of Tallinn and Helsinki. The operation was conducted in the Spring, when the Baltic was still packed with ice, so an ice breaker had to lead the convoys. KALIN served on the ship "Krechet". It was a special ship - the floating HQ of the Baltic Fleet Commander. This means KALIN departed from Helsinki on 11 April on the HQ ship "Krechet" together with the Commander of the Baltic Navy Alexey Schastny. Commanders fate was tragic - he was arrested shortly after his arrival to Petrograd (St. Petersburg) and sentenced to death for anti-reolutionary charges. "Krechet" (ex-"Polaris") was originally UK-built cargo-passenger ship (2280 brt, built in 1899). First was a civil passenger ship in Finland. Later floating HQ of Russian Baltic Navy. After the WWI was moved to Far East as cargo ship. The fate of the ship: it was sunk in December 1941 in the battle for Hong Kong (three other Soviet cargo ships damaged and captured by Japanese).
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    Imperial Russian Order ?

    It is a fantasy piece in my opinion.
  10. Sometimes casual search brings back some pearls... Document for the Medal Defense of the Caucasus dated April 21st, 1945. Signed by the commander of 43 Fighter Aviation "Sevastopol" Red Banner Regiment (43IAP) Lt. Colonel DOROSHENKOV. The medal and the document were issued to Captain KOCHETOV Aleksander Vasilievich. KOCHETOV was awarded with HSU title on 13 April 1944. Squadron commander HSU KOCHETOV (1919-1994) achieved at least 31 victories (20 personal + 11 in a group) in 120 aerial engagements, conducted over 450 combat sorties during WW2. The certificate and the handout protocol with matching document number. Interestingly, it seems there was a glitch in documentation process and the pilots of the 43IAP were handed out 2 Caucasus medals. There exist second handout protocol from November 1945. KOCHETOV has only one medal though on his postwar pictures. So, I guess, the mistake was corrected promptly. KOCHETOV in 1943. And a news paper article, Jan 1945, where 34 victories are mentioned. Different period photos: With his wife. Both before the war and in eternity.
  11. Stunning piece of history!!!
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    George Cross-yellow metal

    The 1st class St. George crosses in this range should be in gold (600/1000 proof). I think, the change from gold to “yellow metal” happened between 31000 and 36000. Also the ring, the letter «ж», and the serial number looks weird...
  13. Well, to know what kind of copy it is, one would need to have some information from the manufacturer. I have no idea what it could be located. If it is MEZHNUMIZMATIKA, then I already gave you info, that it produced some copies for sale in the western countries. But, as I know, they were producing quite high quality copies, often in precious metals. The quality of your copy seems to be on a lower side. Here is a reverse of an original VICTORY order.
  14. Thank you. I don’t know what else to say except it is a copy. I am 99,9% sure of that. The remaining 0,01% ... well, lets keep the dream alive!
  15. Hello, Could you, please, show the reverse of the order. MEZHNUMIZMATIKA produced copies during Soviet times (1980s) for sale in the West.
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