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  1. Hello, I cannot comment about originality of this specific item. But if this should be aa good one, then it St. George cross issued by so called Don Republic in the period 1918-1921 ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Don_Republic ). The actual attribution to Don Republic is actually debatable, but that is how these crosses are called. St. George on these looks more like a cossack. The quality of the Don Republic crosses is usually low and variable. So this fits to the sample you show here. Here are a couple of examples.
  2. It seems after some detective work and help from other engaged collectors, the person on the photo was indeed positively identified as the recipient of the OAN # 27361 - Sr.Lt. KODUCHENKO.
  3. Hello, I would like to share this interesting, IMHO, research for the Red Star 42359 from my collection. Please, meet private SEMYON PAVLOVICH PLOKHOTNYUK, born 1919. In service since 15 Nov 1941 on Tikhvin front. He was a medic bearer in 60 rifle regiment, 65 rifle division, 52 army, Volkhov front. Bestowed Red Star by decree from 30 July 1942 for the actions, that took place at least before 17 March 1942. The commendation doesn't specify specific dates, and it seems to be written collectively for a period, but this is an assumption. So here goes the citation. Very short. "While under enemy fire, he evacuated 26 wounded with their arms from the battlefield to the battalion medical point. Regiment commander signature Regiment commissar signature" The veteran was wounded: the original "no wounds" was struck out, and written "wounded". There is time gap between the commendation date (before 17.03.1942) and the actual decree by Volkhov front command (30 July 1942). Probably in connection to his hospitalisation and later recovery, the veteran was retrained as a rifle unit leader. This part of the research is not fully done yet (will come later), but the next we see of the veteran is in January 1944. On 22 January 1944, St. Lt. PLOKHOTNYUK, the commander of 1 rifle company, 781 rifle regiment, 124 rifle division, Leningrad front is recommended for the "Alersander Nevsky" order. The citation reads: "Becasue Sr.Lt. PLAKHOTNYK on 21 January 1944 was one of the first to break through the enemy defence and successfully chased the retreating enemy and took over the station "Mga". Also his company was one of the first to push the enemy out of the station "Tsnigri" and took control of it. 22 January 1944. Commander of 781 rifle regiment" The 124 RD commander changed OAN to Red Banner, which was actually an upgrade (ORB was the second highest award, after the order of Lenin.) But on 29 January 1944, the decree #040/n issued by 67 army bestowed the veteran with "Aleksander Nevsky" order. Unfortunately, Sr. Lt. PLOKHOTNYUK fell in the line of duty on 24 of January 1944. It is practically certain his OAN was never issued and his award remained on paper.
  4. Thank you Tony for sharing! Very interesting!
  5. Soviet fieldpost letter

    Here is the translation of the letter (see previous post). Nothing very exciting, but still give a little feel of the atmosphere. "22.III.44 Hello, my dear ones! I don't know why you don't receive my letters. I write you very often. Though, not letters every time, some times just post cards, but do so often. We have spring here in full spring. Warm sunny days. But the weather here is not to rely upon (being grumpy here). A little frost can come again. I feel my self quite well, but stomach pains still trouble me, but it will soon go away. I am very happy El'ka is doing so well. How is Dimka's health? He is getting ill quite often. I regularly receive letters from Debka. She is upset with you writing seldom to her. Right now, we are sitting in the dugout. Have just been enthusiastically singing, but soon strained our voices, and now everyone is busy with his own stuff. Some of us are eagerly eliminating shchi soup. I am writing this letter. The others are still quietly singing to themselves. Our team is coherent and we work as a team. In fact I am very lucky: many other envy our teams coherent team work. Well so far that is it. Greatings to everyone. Big-big kiss from me. Juriy " HSU citation for ONUSAITIS for the action on 13-14 July 1944 during forced crossing of Nieman river. "13 July 1944. The 1 rifle battalion lead by Guards captain ONUSAITIS was the first one to force cross river Nieman and advanced to the right bank. Comrade ONUSAITIS prepared for crossing using locally available materials: logs, shelter tents, rafts and organised the crossing to the right bank. The crossing went successfully and with low casualties despite hurricane of enemy machine-gun, artillery and rifle fire, despite strong current and width of the river (up to 200m). Comrade ONUSAITIS was among the first soldiers and officers to cross the river to the Western bank, where he personally took over the command against counterattacking enemy and for extension of the bridgehead. Comrade ONUSAITIS personally commanded the preparation work as well as the battalions combat operations in repelling German counterattacks, which they attempted 8 times during 13 and 14 July. Being on the combat line, he lead and inspired the troops by personal example, raised them for assault, and while being severely wounded through and through by a bullet in his chest he left the battle only after he got fully immobilised and fell unconscious. Comrade ONUSAITIS' battalion eliminated over 150 Hitlerities during the engagement in defence of the bridgehead. He personally eliminated 8 German soldiers with his personal weapon. Bold and daring actions of battalion commander comrade ONUSAITIS allowed to extend the bridgehead and facilitated forced crossing of the whole regiment, as well as provided for further success in capturing town Alytus. Comrade ONUSAITIS is worthy of title HEERO OF SOVIET UNION, order of LENIN and GOLD STAR medal. 16 July 1944 Commander of 95 Gu. rifle regiment , Guards Lt. Colonel LESCHENKO" The maps of the bridgehead and the citation. The end.
  6. An update on the subject in case the whole our community is holding their breath... It is still possible that than your officer on the photo is the Cavalier of this OAN 27361. The investigation is ongoing. The original doubt appeared because the HSU in the front row was the 128 Gu. RR commander, 44 Gu rifle division, i.e. different division. BUT! As was confirmed by other helpful collectors this photo is of Victory parade participants in 1945. And these men were in a PROVISIONAL (temporary) battalion, for the time of victory parade (end May - end June 1945). So they all indeed belonged to different units! And this is OK here. The provisional regiments were formed on front basis, and both KODUCHENKO and KREIZER were in the same area (NORTH GROUP OF FORCES formed from 2 Ukrainian front) by June 1945. So far so good! The doubt and discussion remains about some insignia and if it fully fits to KODUCHENKO. Will keep you posted.
  7. I have got recently the book and would like to express my admiration!!! What a great book! Both content and presentation. My congrats to the author on this achievement. This book will be surely a reference book for everyone interested and engaged in the subject! Well done and thank you!!!
  8. A little setback... The photo above is not related to this OAN. This is the photo of the Victory parade 1945 participants of 44 Guards rifle division. The HSU in the middle first raw is KREIZER Igor Ivanovich, 1922, 122 Gu. RR. Well, at least we ruled out wrong information.
  9. All original Alexander Nevsky , OPW , red star and HSU with a Lenin ? If you really plan to acquire an original HSU star, then maybe it makes sense to recreate the award set that particular veteran had?
  10. Here are a few examples of Majors from 1 Guards tank army. From a single Red Star to HSU. Anything in between is possible really. I just wanted to say, that setting your bar at HSU Star might be just too ambitious. Or not.
  11. Hello! If you want as authentic as possible, then, I guess, HSU is not the way to go. These were not a common awards, and I doubt you are planning to acquire one just for that purpose. Or am I mistaken? Otherwise such set would be possible, though not common.
  12. OK, then. Maybe I am just paranoid. Veteran: Sr. Lt. KODUCHENKO Mitrofan Vasil'evich, 1919. The order is for breaking enemy defense during the first day of Vistula-Odder offensive and subsequently taking control over village Biechów. Quite possibly (not 100% sure) the cavalier is one of these officers from 107 rifle division - the young Sr. Lt. in the middle of top row.
  13. I think the center medallion looks contrastingly new compare to the rest of the construction. But it might be just the quality of the photographs.
  14. Hello Marko, The usual answer in such cases - With the photographs available it looks like a bad one. I personally would not buy with photographs like these, assuming you don't buy extremely cheap. I would advice you to request sharper photos.
  15. Soviet fieldpost letter

    Another letter written by an HSU. Impressive military career, also post war. Please, meet ONUSAITIS Yuriy Iosifovich (1921 - 2005). The letter was written on 22.03.1944 when Guards Captain ONUSAITIS was a rifle company commander of 95 Gu. rifle regiment, 31 Gu. rifle division. Short biography: ONUSAITIS and his friend (they were 3rd year radio engineering students) tried to volunteer in June 1941 , but were sent home. Nevertheless few days later they were called in and after interviewing were sent to the scout and special operation school, which prepared for the missions behind enemy lines. After the school he was assigned to 88 detached scout company, 18 rifle division, Western front. The first mission was in October 1941 with objective to destroy a fuel depot and a bridge in Smolensk region. After the group was dropped in both objectives were fulfilled without any losses in the group. The second mission objective in November was one of the German HQ office, which was destroyed and a German Lt.-Colonel captured. But on their return, the group run into a German patrol and firefight ensued, in which ONUSAITIS was wounded in his left arm. After hospitalization, he was send to junior officer school and in February 1942 reassigned to the 328 rifle division (later 31 Gu. rifle div) as a rifle company commander. Wounded again in 1943 while being 1st company commander of the training battalion. He earned HSU title for the forced crossing of Nieman river on 14 July 1944, while being 1 rifle company commander of 95 Gu. rifle regiment. In this battle he was severely wounded in the chest (through and through wound). Despite that he remained in the line until he fell unconscious. He was sent to he hospital and returned in February back to the 31 Gu. rifle division engaging near Koenigsberg. He had the post of deputy regiment commander of 95 GuRR. But his chest wound opened again and he was sent away from the front line to the military coerces "Vistrel", located near Moscow. In 1954 he is graduated from the Frunze Military Academy. In 1957 colonel ONUSAITIS begins his study at Military Diplomatic Academy of Soviet Army. After graduation in 1961 and until his retirement in 1982, ONUSAITIS assumed a position in Main Intelligence Directorate of the Soviet army General Staff - GRU. He was the head of of GRU intelligence office at Carpatian military district of the Group of Soviet forces in Germany. In 1980-1982 he was the military advisor to the Afghan General Staff. to be continued...
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