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  1. Nick, do you know if there is any chance to trace the number and find the recipient?
  2. Order of the Red Star

    RS 147438 - March 1943. Caucasus front. RS 147804 - December 1942. Caucasus front. Note, smaller number was awarded 4 months later. 147556 is still possible to be from Stalingrad battle. But needs to be researched in archive.
  3. Hello. 10 years have passed... Is there any information on the status of these awards?
  4. Old Russian poster - translation please

    This is a addendum page to the issue#24 of "Bessarabian Gubernia News" newspaper from 4 (17) March 1917. It contains abdication of Nicholas II (top part) and Grand Duke Michael abdication (lower part). Text is English is here: http://www.histdoc.net/history/abdic.html
  5. Hello, This is an interesting front line award. it is also a little illustration of the subject covered in the thread "Paperwork discrepancies". Please, meet Guards Master Sergeant MISHKIN NILKOLAJ EMILYANOVICH, Ukrainian born 1922 in the village Pokrovsky of Artemovsk district, Stalingrad region. VKP(b) member since April 1943, secondary school, in service 1940-1945. Service position: 1 Gu. Mechanised Red Banner Brigade, Head of Radio Station. He was working in a coal mining enterprise as head of electricians team after the war (April 1946). Lived in the town Lisichansk. So in the award register card written in in 1946 at the local Military commissariate he is called a "head of radio station". Do you have mental picture what he did? Well, lets see. The citation will help (Red Star # 293568 awarded 14.10.1943). It is written closer to the events and by the people actually involved (in this case). MISHKIN's position is described as "Car Commander of Reconnaissance Company 1 Gu. Mechanised Brigade". It is somewhat different to "head of radio station". RS 293568 citation: "During liberation of town Druzhkovka, comrade Mishkin's crew rushed into town centre and discovered 3 enemy firing position, two of which were destroyed and 10 hitlerites killed by his machine-gun fire. The left tire was hit by fire. Despite the damage, the vehicles was safely evacuated from the battle field. During liberation of town Nikolaevka comrade MISHKIN's crew was ordered to rush into Nikolaevka and draw enemy fire for revealing enemy positions. The crew reached Nikolaevka and was subjected to enemy artillery, mortar and tank fire. Despite the hail of enemy fire, comrade MISHKIN after 30 minutes long barrage returned to the company position with valuable documents." Here are Druzhkovka and Nikolaevka marked on German map of 1941. to be continued...
  6. Here is a very interesting page describing BA-64 restoration project. Very informative! And here is some information in English. Also quite good.
  7. Mishkin was commanding armoured car BA-64. It has a crew of two people, one of which was Mishkin himself. The car commander was also the radio operator. In facts of his award citations describes him as "car commander and radio operator".
  8. I think the first two ribbons are Bravery Medals.
  9. Display Eagles

    Hat off for the master! Very inspirational!
  10. Hello! I am looking for a little help here. Is it possible to find the recipient of this GCVO star # 245 ? Tried to search on our forum and found so far that it is not very easy. There is a reference about GCVO #272 which was awarded to a Danish General in 1908. Any tips are welcome! Thank you! And I wonder where the cross is?
  11. Moving up

  12. Double OG III

    Not only it is a downgrade from OPWI but also a rare case of awarding two OGIII to the same person. Note, that the first citation you posted is describing the event in Dec 1944, and the second (downgrade) describes the events in Jan 1945. The corresponding award decrees came in a wrong sequence. January Award was awarded before the Decembee one (12Feb vs. 25Feb). I think the paperwork process failed this time. Probably in downgrade process they didnot pay attention, that he is currently awaiting approval for another OGIII.
  13. Interestingly, he was awarded all 3 medals in a course of 10 days. The first BM on 11 March. The two others are on 19 March 1945. And the two last ones seem to be for the same feat on 03 March 1945. One is downgrade from OGIII. They are awarded by two different decrees, but on the same day. And it seems PETROV's name came into both decrees.
  14. Hello, I think this is the first version (whole bronze) used in the period 1866 - 1882 (later it was made of silver). The Academy was established during Aleksander II reign.
  15. Hello, Andreas! I sent you a PM about the painting.
  16. Please, meet Guards First Sergeant Kniazev Ivan Mitrofanovich, a T-34 gunner of 226th detached tank regiment. His T-34 was "one of first tanks to reach river Elbe", the meeting point of the Soviet Army and the American Allies. Kniazev was awarded order of Glory III class for the action on 12 January 1945, on the first day of the Vistula-Oder offensive. His tank was taken out by the German AT battery and he was badly wounded. Here is the citation: Tank gunner First Sergeant KNIAZEV showed exceptional military skill in delivering precise artillery fire and courage on the battlefield during the breaking of enemy defences 12.01.1945. The tank rushed into enemy defence position at village BOREK reference point 228,9 and was met with dense AT fire from the edge of the woods west of MAGIEROW. Comrade Kniazev one by one took out 3 AT cannons, 1 fortified AT position. When the tank reached the woods edge it was hit by the AT fire and caught fire. Comrade Kniazev was wounded, but despite that he dismounted machine gun from the burning tank and opened fire at the retrieving enemy infantry killing 8 hitleriets and capturing 4. For courage, bravery and resourcefulness in battle, comrade Kniazev is worthy of order of Glory III class. This was Kniazev's 3rd sustained wound. He was lightly wounded in 1942 and badly in 1944. The "edge of the woods west of Magierow" is still there in 2016. A tank from 226th Detached Tank Regiment of 5 Gv.A. 226th Tank regiment commander KOROBEINIKOV
  17. Thank you for sharing! His middle name is AmankuLovich, i.e. АманкуЛович The citation is not available online. There are only single citations from 21st Rifle Brigade of the NKVD available online. Research options are limited, but not zero.
  18. Sure there is info available on 21th. But it would be nice to see "the face".
  19. Everything is perfectly readable! Bill has covered almost all of it. "BB" stands indeed for Internal Troops. But "УО" stands for "Украинскй Округ", i.e. Ukrainian District. The 21 detached Rifle Brigade VV NKVD was disbanded in November 1945 while being located in Ukraine.
  20. Medals for generals...

    It is just an asymmetrical intelligence strategy. The amount of resources used in CIA to figure it all out is eating 3,14% of their budget. And they are still lagging...