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  1. Egorka

    Wearing other state orders, Chinese Empire officials

    We can all learn from this thread!!! I have! I think, I will use the same approach too. Or is it copy-righted? In that case I will do the same out of spite.
  2. Egorka

    Wearing other state orders, Chinese Empire officials

    Thank you very much for sharing! Very impressive and educational!
  3. Note, that the sabre handle and the rifle butt were also removed. I think someone as trying to make a generic silver star out the order.
  4. Hello! Please, meet sr.lt. VOROSCHENKO Maksim Ivanovich, 1916, former company commander 1177 rifle regiment, 377 rifle "Melitopol" division. After sustaining severe through and through chest wound in March 1944 moved to the reserve officer regiment of 4 Ukrainian front. The OPWII is awarded after his wound . Citation is signed in June 1944. By October 1944 , he is back in line as a company commander of 896 rifle regiment, 211 rifle division. Note the condition on the photos. More details are to follow...
  5. Good eye! You almost gave me a heart attack. And rightfully so. The averse photo appears to be NOT of the piece I have. I reused the photo from the seller, who must have mixed them up. I will need to make averse photo of my object and post it here.
  6. Well... about 65Gb of data. Not much, as it's been estimated that the Internet weighs about the same as a medium-sized egg (50g). 😀 Example of the information in the protocol: ORB # 114821 being awarded to Petty Officer 2st Class PROKAZOV, Baltic Fleet. ( http://gmic.co.uk/topic/74228-boris-prokozov/?tab=comments#comment-673823 )
  7. Yes,It think this is the same one. The hammer and sickle is indeed fell victim of the "restoration"... Plus, due to thermal impact in replacing enamel the surface got new artefacts. But I believe it is the same badge. What do you think?
  8. Linking a serial number to a name and unit is also possible with award handout protocols. I have the Navy protocol document set at my disposal. It covers almost all the Marine awards and the recipient names. With some extra online effort, this allows identification of by far most of the Navy numbered awards.
  9. Paul, that is the same order. First how it looked dug up and later when enamel restored. I would have kept it as it was. But the traders though to get more money that way... Money makes this world go round... Shame... But I was grabbed by the story and decided, that this unfortunate restoration should not be an obstacle for me.
  10. The awards marked "БУТАФОРИЯ" were produced for theatres and movie production.
  11. 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"
  12. 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.. .
  13. Very high quality production. Thanks for sharing!
  14. Egorka

    Boris Prokozov

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

    Boris Prokozov

    So great of a read! Thank you very much for sharing!
  16. Please, meet Petty Officer I class Kulik Stepan Porfir'evich, gunlayer of the AA speedboat CK-418, 11 Patrol Boat Squadron of Waterway Area Defence. Born in 1919, he lived at least until 1985 when he was awarded OGPW2. Awards: Medal "For Battle Merits" # 2552391 , 25.04.1944 Order of "Red Star" # 923968 , 05.12.1944 10 commendations Badge "Excellent gunner" OGPW2 in 1985 Armoured small submarine chaser «БМО», project 194. Main armament is 37mm automatic cannon on the bow, one 45mm cannon and a pair of 12,7mm machine-guns, 10pcs of 120kg and 20kg depth charges. CK-418 was 2nd of 66 total built boats of the project 194. It was set afloat 5.11.1942 and commenced service on 21.06.1943. Kulik's Register Card showing earned awards: Some photographs of the Small Sub Chasers project 194:
  17. Hello! New addition to the collection. Please meet Guards Major Aleksej Platonovich Mischenko, the commander of the 301th Guards SPG regiment during 23.07.1944 - 25.05.1945. The regiment was formed on 20.05.1944 from 301th detached Guards Anti-Tank Artillery regiment. It was part of the 8th Guards Tank Corps during the rest of the war and was armed by 21 SPG SU-76M. The research will follow.
  18. Hello! Another interesting catch from Kassel militaria show this year. Please, meet Lt.-Commander of Engineers CHEKMENEV Ivan Kuz'mich, 1903. Entered the service in 1925 as a cadet on Black sea Fleet. Later in December 1926 after finishing the Navy school, he was trasfered to Amour flotilla and began his service as an mechanic on monitor "Sverdlov". He rose in the ranks and by 1936 became the head of "Sverdlov" 5th battle station, i.e. the head of electromechanics crew. 1937-1941 - cadet of High Navy school. After finishing the school, he was sent to Pacific Navy and entered as 5th battle station commander on minesweeper "Vekha". From 1943 he becomes chief engineer for the whole 6th minesweeper squadron. Awards: Red Star in 1935 Red Star in 1944 (long service award) Red Star for campaign against Japan (this one). Order of Red Banner in 1946 Order of Lenin in 1949 Order of Red Banner 2 in 1943.
  19. Hello, OGIII # 173482 bestowed on private BACHURA Stepan Dmitrievich, (25.05.1917 - 25.01.1993). One of the 2678 full cavaliers of Order of Glory. Private BACHURA was engineer and explosives specialist serving at the time of recommendation in 358 Engineering Battalion. He was awarded OGIII on 14.08.1944, OGII on 17.02.1945, and OGI on 15.05.1946 (post war). The OGIII 173482 was the action in the spring 1944, and particularly for actions on 11-13 May 1944. Citation reads: "Comrade BACHURA is courageous, disciplined soldier, a master in mine- laying. Always executing his orders perfectly, he conducted multiple complex engineering tasks on our first line in spite of difficult circumstances. He is awarded with the badge “Excellent miner” for excellent mine-laying and mine clearing. Comrade BACHURA presented examples of selflessness during the forced crossing of the Southern Bug river while building a ferry crossing. He built two piers under heavy enemy fire, which allowed for quick infantry crossing and timely resupply of our advancing troops on the right river bank. Comrade BACHURA didn't stop working under bitter enemy artillery barrages and airstrikes while building urgently needed Commander post for 28 Gu. Rifle Corps on 11-12-13 May. Thanks to comrade’s BACHURA selfless work and fearless conduct the task was finished 5 hours ahead of time, which provided the Corps headquarters with proper cover facilities and allowed them to conduct effective units control in the defence of the bridgehead on the right bank of Dnestr river. Comrade BACHURA is worthy of order “Glory III class. Commander of 358 Engineer Battalion Major signature. 16.05.1944" The Cavalier in his later years.
  20. 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).
  21. 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.
  22. Hello! Little more on the OGIII, which I acquired in London this Christmas. Please meet machine gunner Jr. Sergeant Andrey Gerasimovich ASAULENKO, 1913. From Spring 1944 he served at MG company of 1042 rifle regiment, 295 rifle division, 32 rifle corps. Awarded Bravery Medal in September 1944 and OGIII in March 1945. Wounded twice in 1945: lightly in January, and severely in February. OGIII was awarded for the actions on 29 Jan 1945 and 02 Feb 1945. The later action was assault on the village Warnick, which was located just East to town-fortress Küstrin (today Polish town Kostrzyn nad Odrą). The OGIII citation reads: "29.01.45 during enemy defence breakthrough on the German-Polish border near village Weitze, comrade ASAULENKO provided fire support to the rifle platoon in breaking through the enemy barbed wire obstacles. Being wounded in the leg, he didn't leave the battle ground until the village was captured. 02.02.45 in the battle for the village Warnick, comrade ASAULENKO was severely wounded and evacuated to the hospital. He is worthy of order of Glory III class. Commander of 1042 rifle regiment, Guards Lt-Colonel CHAIKA. 13 March 1945." The map showing actions of 295 rifle division in battle for Küstrin. Warnick is marked on the Eastern outskirts of Küstrin. The village Warnick (Warniki in Polish) doesn't exist today, but became a part of expanded town Kostrzyn. Location: https://goo.gl/maps/63WrsT1pvYA2 An interesting detail is that it appears ASAULENKO was a POW before his service in 1042 rifle regiment. We was liberated on 19 April 1945. His original service is indicated as a Private of 656 artillery regiment, 116 rifle division, 26 army. I think, he was captured in summer 1941 (but needs checking).
  23. Egorka

    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.
  24. Egorka

    Imperial Russian Order ?

    It is a fantasy piece in my opinion.