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  1. 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
  2. The text on the postcards: "Heroic deed by Garros. Zeppelin destruction." "War in the air. Destruction of a German zeppelin by a Russian airplane." So the first postcard refers to specific person - French pilot Roland Garros, who did NOT perform any aerial ramming attacks during his carrier. Similarly, I don't know of any aerial ramming attacks on a zepellin by a Russian aviator in WWI. There are two known Russian pilots who did Nesterov (died) and Kazakov (survived), but they both attacked another airplane. So this brings me to the point: These postcards do NOT depict an aerial ramming attack. I have to say I am surprised myself, as that is kind of how they look like!
  3. The first one is the action by French ppilot Roland Garros. The second is unrelated I think.
  4. Looking good! Do you have the names on the veteran names for the orders 50888 and 172198 ?
  5. Hello. I would like to consult the honorable members of the forum. Earlier this year I aquired the set of miniature medals to Cpl. S. Maunder. As you see from the pictures, the ribbons are very worn, and the star's ribbon is torn to pieces. I also aquired some proper silk ribbons. So should I fix the star? Or all four maybe? Otherwise, what is acceptable practice in the case is a medal comes completely without a ribbon? Can I replace it f.ex with contemporary old ribbon from another medal and call this repaired medal original? You see, how far can I go before we say it is tampering with the object? Cheers! Igor
  6. 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.
  7. Clever!!! Nice presentation. Are these normal frames, which were remade into shadow boxes?
  8. We can skip the call if you wish and just show up at your place for the ceremony. Please, memorise the Russian anthem before next Tuesday. The Wiki page is charming.
  9. Assembly of Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory, Moscow, 1970. From Rizhen'kin personal papers.
  10. OGI 848 - Andrey Nikotovich SAL'NIKOV (1915-1982). Two full OG awardees. Sal'nikov (left) and Rizhen'kin (right).
  11. The medals are multiplying like mushrooms after rainy summer day.
  12. I would also add, that the handwriting stile in the award booklet is not convincing at all, and reminds me of a a student handwriting from 1990s. Not a hard evidence, but one should also have in mind nonetheless.
  13. Guards Colonel Gretsov Victor Nikitovich (1907-1986) who signed the citation.
  14. Hello, Brian1941 IMHO, I am in doubt... The screw plate is not from such OPW2. The hanging device is questionable by these photos. And finally the order it self. I don't like the sabre guard - too thin. I don't mention the enamel repair. This might not be a problem depending on your collection criteria. I usually don't mind f.ex. if the research is good. IMHO of course. Maybe someone else have an opinion.
  15. Cool research! I am envious!
  16. Discovered interesting bit today.Regiment Commander KOREBEINIKOV is visiting US 3rd Armored Division ("Third Herd"), Leipzig, 26 April 1945. Getting a tour of M-24 "Сhaffee".
  17. Thank you for the tour! Here is the description and symbolism of operation "Anthropoid" monument, erected 2009: Scroll for English. The round stone is not part of the monument (at least according to the description). It existed at least from 2003 (checked historical Google Earth maps). It is not maked as a monument on the online resource I managed to find... Maybe it is just recreational object?
  18. Hello all, Doing research for one of the forum members interesting situation was observed in the paperwork. The citation was written for one medal and went all the way through approval channels without modifications. But the final decree was for another medal. This alone is not something very unusual. But in this case the twist was, that the original recommendation in the citation was for a civil medal "For Labour Valour", but the final decree for military medal "For Battle Merits". This natural raised a questions: "How come?" and "Is this paperwork for the same award or different ones?" Well, the answer is rather simple actually - human factor. The awardee (a woman) was a civilian while performing her duties as typist/secretary/bookkeeper for Army HQ. Her immediate superiors were not properly informed on the relevant award statutes, and decided to recommend her for a civilian award. Later the central award comity corrected the error and issues decree for medal "For Battle Merits". So this story led me to think of one of the documents describing such discrepancies and human factor in Soviet paperwork. Translation follows shortly.
  19. Translation: 23 April 1943. 106 Rifle Corps Command, Personnel Section. To all Heads of Staff. Despite the existence of regulations regarding awarding personnel distinguished themselves in the fight against the German invaders elementary requirements for proper paperwork are still not fulfilled. More specifically: Award decrees are written on non-standard issue paper, carelessly, often with misspelled names. The citation are often filled in inappropriately, with a lot of abbreviations and shortenings, the front side questionnaire is not fully answered. There are instances when the responsible personnel lacks knowledge of order statutes, and often recommend servicemen for an inappropriate award. F.ex. according to statute, the order of "Aleksander Nevsky" is reserved for platoon, company, battalion, regiment, or division commanders. But there were cases when deputy Heads of Staff and Heads of Staff were recommended. There are cases of recommendations for inappropriately low award. Or f.ex. a group of officers were recommended by personnel without high enough authority. There were recorded instances when recommendations were hastily submitted again for the same feats without allowing for proper paper processing time. This introduces lots of confusion and excessive paper exchange. The personnel of the detached units, which are assigned to the direct control of armies and fronts, are recommended by decrees issued by their own commanders. But sometimes the papers are wrongly submitted directly to the army HQ, which lead to double award for same single feat. In all the cases, the recommendations approved by the direct superiors are to be submitted directly to the HQ of the appropriate armed forces. In paperwork strictly follow the following guidelines: A) all the award decrees issued by authority of regiment and division commanders are to be signed by ink, wax sealed and submitted to HQ of 106 Rifle Corps in two copies, amended by a copy of recommendation, and two copies of statistical overview (form #4). The second copy of recommendation is to be kept in the unit. B) When filling in the questionnaire on the recommendation front side the items “position” and “unit” are to be filled in without shortenings and abbreviations; in “participation in Patriotic war” write since what time and on what front; in “party membership” write party seniority and membership booklet number; in “wounds” item do not write the date, sevirity and front; in “previous awards” write previous awards and the decrees # and date; in “home address” write family members full names. C) When approving the recommendation don not abbreviate the unit names, f.ex. “SP”, “SD”, “AP”, “OSISB” and others have to be written as full names. D) Do not stitch together the submitted document. Instruct all the relevant personnel in order to eliminate the aforementioned flaws in award process, which is a very important work. Head of personnel section of 106 Rifle Corps, Sr. Lieutenant VELICHKO Aid to Head of personnel section 106 Rifle Corps, Captain MIKHAILOV
  20. Well, indeed! It pulled off $510. Have we missed out on a very-very rare ORB? I bet the new owner reads this thread and laughs at us.
  21. Hi Eric. MONDVOR page does NOT cover the variations in serial numbers. It only covers variations in the actual order shapes. Saying that, it is indeed very questionable item, IMO. My initial comment on the other forum about engraving was driven by desire to say, that this unusual number engraving hand is genuine and known on this range of ORB. But on this particular one we have an imitation of this unusual hand, because the whole item looks dodgy.
  22. 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: