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Partisan Medals - 1st and 2nd Class

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Gentlemen,

While we are on the subject of Partisan meals, I just have to share this picture of Dimitri Timofeevich Teterichev (back row, 2nd from left), commander of the ?Trailblazer? Partisan Detachment with some of his comrades. This strikes me as a coup by the guys down at central casting.

Best wishes,

Wild Card

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Here's a cool set, with the Partisan doc included in the back of the book! Unfortunately, I was never able to get complete research for him... :banger: The stuff wasn't classified, it just didn't exist in the archives!

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Dave and Wild Bill,

Your groupings are awesome!! I have never seen a bar with BOTH classes of the Partisan medal!

The photo is awesome! I bet not many people would have posed for a photo(the group photo) back then... just imagine if it had fallen into the wrong hands! :violent:

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Here's the citation for his Red Star...

AWARD CITATION

1. Surname, name, patronymic: Leschenko, Mikhail Dmitrievich.

2. Military Rank: Captain.

3. Position, unit: Party Leader of the 93rd Independent Tank Destroyer Division of the 21st Perm Red Banner Rifle Division.

Recommended for: Order of the Red Star.

4. Year of birth: 1908.

5. Nationality: Belorussian.

6. Party Membership: Member of the VKP/b/ from 1931.

7. Participation in the Civil War, military action defending the USSR and in the Great Patriotic War: On the fronts of the Great Patriotic War since 1941, Western, Karelia and 3rd Ukrainian Fronts.

8. Has Wounds and Contusions in Great Patriotic War: Two light wounds and one contusion.

9. From What Time In Red Army: from 1936.

10. What Call-Up Station: Stalinsky Call-Up station, city of Minsk.

11. Awards (For What Deeds): Order of the Red Banner and Medal of Partisan of the Great Patriotic War 1st Class for organizing a partisan detachment and for the struggle in the enemy rear.

12. Permanent Home Address: Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, Zhitomirskaya Oblast, 26 Levanevskogo Street.

Brief Description:

Comrade Leschenko has been at the front since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. During the temporary German occupation on the territory of Ukraine, Comrade Leschenko had been active for over two years in the ?Fyodorov? partisan detachment, and for this he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner and the Medal of the Partisan of the Great Patriotic War 1st Class.

He has been with the division since September 1944 as a Party Instructor of the 93rd Independent Tank Destroyer Division. He took part in actions near Kandalakshisk, where he showed personal courage and his ability to encourage the Communists and personnel to fulfill military objectives.

In January 1945, in the area of Abo-Kaloz /Hungary/ and Shaponia with the anti-tank units, Comrade Leschenko ensured the infantry?s movement forward, having repelled two counter attacks from armored vehicles. By skillfully placing the Communists and members of the Komsomol between subordinate units and by showing his personal combat example provided for the fulfillment of military objective set for the Division.

Comrade Leschenko deserves to be awarded the Order of Red Star.

Head of Political Instruction Department of the 21st Perm Red Banner Rifle Division Guards Lieutenant Colonel /Puzanov/.

Edited by NavyFCO

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This 1st Class Medal came with this temporary Doc, discussed on another Forum.

Here is the info I got from those experts:

Awarded to Janus Janovich Richter. Issued by the Latvian Partisan Movement HQ, attesting that Janus J. Richter fought in the partisan movement in Latvia, but not specifically authorizing a medal's awarding.

What do you think about this one, Rick?

Dolf

Edited by Dolf

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My 2nd Class Medal, obverse. No Doc for this one.

Dolf

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OOV, pls post better pics as the glare and focus on the obverse prevent any form of serious opinion. Without better pics I'd not be much of a fan of these medals :rolleyes:

Re scratches, it is sometimes a form of artificial ageing.... but it is hard to make out if these are just dings or heavier scratches.

Jim :cheers:

Edited by JimZ

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I am no expert, but I have the feeling that both are reproductions. The details are not crisp enough. Maybe, somebody can help you more than me.

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Hi Order of Victory,

I?m sorry, but I really do not feel comfortable with this medal (post #46). In doing a side by side comparison with the one in post #36, for starters, I find the following:

1. The upper line of Stalin?s mustache does not curve downward enough and the end does not really come to a point.

2. The detail of Stalin?s collar does not match well. The left part (as you look at it) is pretty much a pointed triangle and there is virtually no defined upper edge.

3. The stars at the ends of the banner along the bottom of post #46 are considerably larger and softer.

4. The lettering along the rim approaches being of a different font - compare the ?e? and ?c? at twelve o?clock.

I hope that I am wrong; it wouldn?t be the first time -

Best wishes,

Wild Card

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OoV,

I have been through this rigmarole a couple of times asking people to make a call based on scans, photos and weight and size. Hard work. In the end I was lucky enough to pick up a definitely genuine 2nd class and a 1st class which the experts accepted reluctantly after I bombarded another forum with a dozen images (the verdict was along the lines 'agh, just go away'). If you wish I could email high-res scans of what I've got for comparison. Stalin's collar, Lenin's tie, the way the lettering looks jointed, some kind of rectangle just above Lenin's forehead in the 1st class, folds in the ribbon on the left - all this could be a scanning effect or a sign of casting. I do not remember what Stalin's moustache is supposed to be doing but I think there were two legit variations. The connecting link is cut - means anything? I don't know. Can you measure them?

Sergei

PS Just found a picture I had, the one on the left is mine, the one on the right is definitely genuine. Hope this helps.

Edited by Sergei

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