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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. 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".
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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:
  9. Here is the citation. This one is an examples when on the way through the approval channels the award was changing, either upgraded or downgraded. Sometimes quite dramatically. I have seen one downgrade from Order of Aleksander Nevsky to medal For Battle Merit. Though in that case the reason was obvious overestimation in original recommendation. Well, here, in case of Kulik's award, the original recommendation was for the Order of Great Patriotic War I class on 29.10.1944. The next day, the first superior, the commander of Waterway Area Defence, approved OGPW1. At the next level the recommendation was downgraded to OGPW II class by vice-admiral Zukov (do not confuse with Georgy Zukov ). But then the award decree #37 from 05.12.1944 has Kulik's name in the list of Red Star awardees. Text of the citation: In the 1944 campaign combat missions he revealed himself as a steadfast warrior. During mine sweeping mission close to the enemy coast on 28-05-1944, the boats were attacked by 30 enemy planes (J-87 and Me-109). In this engagement the machine-gun crew lead by comrade Kulik repelled 4 attacks, forcing the enemy to disorderly drop the bombs in the water with no effect. On 05-06-1944 conducting similar operation the boats were again attacked by enemy aircrafts. In this fight Kulik's crew shot down one J-87. In the landing operations Kulik's crew supported our infantry on the ground by accurate fire. His crew shot and destroyed 13 floating mines during the campaign. For exhibited resolve, gallantry and effective command in the battle recommended for the order of Great Patriotic War I class. signed by the Commander of 11 patrol boat squadron Subcommander Prosyannikov 29 October 1944
  10. Well, the list expands. This is not a ducky-pheasant. It is a dove! Unlike European culture, a dove in Japanese traditional culture is a symbol of war, not peace. A dove (hato) is symbolic animal and messenger of Hachiman - the the syncretic divinity of archery and war and the divine protector of Japan, the Japanese people and the Imperial House, the Minamoto clan ("Genji") and most samurai worshipped him.
  11. I know of 3 symbolic birds in Japanese culture: a crane, a pheasant, a crow. It is definitely not a crane. I hope not! Cranes look much different. Could be a three-legged crow (Yatagarasu). But here the most important attribute - three legs - is nowhere in sight. So I go with duck-looking pheasant.
  12. In Japan the pheasant is a divine messenger for Amaterasu, the great sun goddess. Amaterasu is a focal point of the Shinto pantheon. She is the ruler of the heavens, so her association with the pheasant made this creature an important symbol of power, abundance and promise. Me thinks so.
  13. Very tasteful and nice! Will use it from now. If I may suggest, the magnifying glass should magnify a bit more. To my taste at least.
  14. Latgale guerrilla regiment (Latgales partizanu pulks) was formed of several guerrilla groups operating against the Bolsheviks in northern Latgale. By the autumn of 1919, the number of the regiment reached 1500 people. February 23, 1922 Latgale guerrilla regiment was disbanded and partly converted into a battalion, which was accepted on April 1 2nd Battalion of the 9th Infantry Regiment Rezekne. The badge of the regiment was approved November 10, 1921. It has the form of a Maltese cross covered with black enamel, with 1mm silver edging. At the upper end of the cross - silver "dead head", on the bottom - regiment formation year "1919". In the centre there is the Latvian national emblem (the first version): the rising sun with three five-pointed stars. Between the ends of the cross - crossed swords, 40 mm long. This military unit takes its origins from several guerrilla groups formed in the occupied Bolsheviks Augshkurzeme townships (Upper Kurland). After the retreat of the Red Army scattered guerrilla units were combined into Augshkurzemsky guerrilla regiment on June 13, 1919. June 20, the regiment was included in the Latvian army, and on August 16 converted to the 3rd Battalion of the 3rd Infantry Jelgava regiment.
  15. Wonderful and evocative!
  16. Oh, thanks, TacHel. The pleasure was mine researching this! As you see it is not quite like some other ORBs. The award decree contains 15 recomendations for the HSU! The whole assault team. They all went up approved for HSU all the way from regiment to army council level. But then at the end they all got ORB instead. The regiment itself was one the destinguished ones and also participated in battle of Berlin. The awardee survived the war.
  17. The 4th grade soldier's St. George cross # 174604 should be app. 1904 for Russia - Japan war. The Russian letters "Ж" stands for Yellow, and "М" for Metal. So if it does not look yellow, it is no right, IMHO.
  18. The rivets on the reverse imply that the frontal elements are presumably reused from real pieces (a "common" practice in low tier jewellery). But take, f.ex. central medallion, it only resembles the common Prussian medal design, but not quite the same. I cannot match it to other Prussian medals. Maybe I am wrong, but I think it is custom made up after medal's design.
  19. The article was published in March 2014 and the hero was alive then, age 82. This is Google translated so hold on tight to your chair! Noble Shepherd Greeting After Kasiettїї-IB, the charity is a blessed region. After the period during which thrive even more union-lake box and prosperity, and that is true fame. Here dripping with the blood of the umbilical cord, the lives of everyone living in the past to change the model also was happy. We realize that most daўazaluu great man - the Hero of Socialist Labor, depicted on terry Abdraev, could be. During the last century 70 berekelїї district "CEE workshop" of the spheres is one of the leading animal husbandry developed farms used to. And ordinary shepherd, white papers duldu- Lou, the owner of several governmental awards, Kyrgyzstan Greeting Abdraev share valuable as the master of the economy. Let us be the beginning of the speech. After the year 1932, nearly one-step standard Tєlєktїn hips Ashuu davanındagı Greeting had been born into the summer. After that occurs geothermal lake in obedience to the authority of the issuer and the Soviet people around kolhozdoşturuu, arteldeştirїї Convinced that shared moment. Times are changing for the period which must be placed in the time of the new born baby be blessed, and may have led to the greatest serenity that they had the best of welcome kasiettїї CEE workshop are invited to prayer in the sacred name. Indeed, in those years there were more єlkєbїzdє lake in the courtroom unlike many regions of storing çєlkєmdє benevolence tєgїlїp. Therefore Kuttubaydı blessed with the population that led to the lucky people that kєrїşє. Moreover the proportion of childhood çoўoygon terry ten years as a flock of sheep and began his career as an attendant. During the years of the Great Patriotic War Lenin- degrees blocking more than one million people who wanted to ensure the meat jїndї soў- kєldїktєrdїn terry Abdraev, was there, too. Despite kiçїїsїnє war landscaped rear orukçuluk Kuttubaydan skewed past life. All across the front, eager to help, he was added to the sweetness. Tїyşїktїї years, caregivers welcome component has been published thanks somoldun District contentment. Bova's first formal Machiavellian thrilling prize. Was that reward lucky, whatever the result of hard work and the various gifts of welcome guys escape. Elїїnçї district, regional newspapers ushered in the "United We drive the success of herders" interview, this is a gross. Commitment to the Union at the time, was a dream that serves actively on behalf of the motherland beautiful. Such patriotic sentiment is supported by the heads of districts and confidence terry Bova is very large. So once honorable profession shepherds Redeemer natural air command destined for fame and glory, was summoned єtєlgєlїї єmїrdї-month award each year. Take care of the sheep fat asıragandın admires himself in the lake's natural dilemma does, durable. When he ancestral kindiktїї їçїnbї, so learning a few tricks. In the middle of the month in the summer, the cool night air of sheep grazing in a pasture directly, şirelїї Sometimes fortified towns grew back ridges, tired, tired, and the Government and the party was doing to increase each year before the plan. Its competitions is the victory of the Socialist Republic was a nine-time winner. This peerless feats of heroic Guess what? 1970 hundred ewes 150-160 out of commission here, kasiettїї sat reach leading positions in the region of Naryn. Greeting Bova introduce the practice of shepherds, publish newspapers, magazines, radio and television continued to broadcast. Several times in the national, provincial and district level seminar on his palace, pasture and deployed its effective їyrєnїşçї experience. Worldly union justified the toil of his pedigree, "Animal Farm Wizard" on account of the high-rank powers Ryshkany overall, into joy. Working across the Union is an unprecedented rallies delegate its kєkїrєgї full of awards, medals and photographs, and "Ala Mountain shelter shepherd pakçan" daўazalaşıp, the union announced a number of newspapers and magazines. He prepared many times on television, services, radio replaced ukturuu- s. Still, it's hard to become a star of applause. 2 was awarded the Order of Lenin, the Soviet Union, the highest-ranking and senior award. Awards, medals, honorary certificates ñ calculate the WTO. In 1976, work was the culmination of baalanışının Sotsia- imperialist awarded the title of Hero of Labor. Smart people are happy in general in this case. In his Aytaliev tєkmєlїk rosy there tєkkєnї. In addition, 7 years ago, is not it, "everyone living in the lake Manas", the festival remained Soў- television essay about the Rio seized'd seen sїyїngєn. Yes, the hero from afar uksaў meet him and hear is a proverb, and the man at the same time, seventy five oclock jєpjєnєkєy, quiet old age. Today it is very draev the formal name of their nation's history as a legend and hearth. Healing a long illness at the age of 82, he refused to share oh behavior. His work, daўazası will be mentioned as a model for youth.
  20. Yes, please, share his photo. In the mean while I found a whole article about the hero. Are not you in luck today? You just need to lean Kyrgyz language first.
  21. Paul, there is a name on the award certificate: ABDRAEV KUTUBAY. He was born in 1932. So very unlikely to have any WW2 period medals. He was awarded HSUL in Dec 1976 for his work a Senior Shepherd in Sovhoz «Сон-Куль». He could have looked like this.