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  1. Gents, This OGI is currently at auction in the former Soyuz. The opening bid is set at $8,450.00 with a BIN price of $11,500.00. The recipient was a Guards senior sergeant serving as a T-34 tank gunner in a tank regiment subordinate to 4th Guards Tank Army when recommended for his OGI. In late April 1945, he participated in the capture of Potsdam followed by the capture of Prague in early May. In addition to his three Orders of Glory, he was one of the very few Full Cavaliers to have also been awarded three Bravery Medals (BM). His first BM was awarded for bravery whi
  2. Gents, Now that's Allied solidarity. The U.S. Army staff sergeant was assigned to XIX Corps. The photo was taken in April/May 1945 as U.S. forces linked up with the Red Army. Regards, slava1stclass
  3. RedMaestro, Thank you for your response. You can also look forward to my planned fourth book which, like the first three, will address in great detail elements of the same subject. Regards, slava1stclass
  4. Gents, In the 14 years since the original post above, online access to the Russian MOD archives now allows for greater precision regarding the above awards. Documented awards to U.S. Army personnel are thus revised upwards as listed below: Order of Suvorov Third Class - Four Order of the Patriotic War Second Class - 57 Order of the Red Star - 14 Order of Glory Third Class - 16 Bravery Medal/Medal for Valor - 17 Combat Services Medal/Medal for Military Merit - 21 Regards, slava1stclass
  5. Gents, This Full Cavalier "set" is currently available on the well-known auction site as offered by a seller in France. I say "set" because it is not a true set. While OGI serial number 2144 appears legitimate/original, it is a non-issued/non-awarded specimen that found its way out of the mint with the former Soyuz' collapse. The OGII and OGIII were added to make it a "set" and thereby secure a higher price. The seller's current (based on exchange rate) "Buy It Now" price for this "set" is $14, 954.38. Regards, slava1stclass
  6. BalkanCollector, His name was: Козлёнков, Анатолий Владимирович Regards, slava1stclass
  7. Gents, This very worn OGII awarded to a Full Cavalier is available for sale in the former Soyuz. The minimum asking price is $417.00. The recipient was a sergeant with duties as a sniper. He was credited with 194 confirmed kills. He was assigned to a rifle regiment in a rifle division subordinate to 5th Guards Army. He was also awarded the Bravery Medal during the war. Regards, slava1stclass
  8. Gents, A dealer in the former Soyuz is currently asking $19,413.00 for this Full Cavalier set. The recipient was a private serving as a rifleman when recommended and approved for an erroneous second award of the OGIII for action during the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation in late April 1945. That error would be detected and corrected in December 1951. The erroneous second OGIII order was amended to rightfully award him the OGI. Regards, slava1stclass
  9. Gents, Currently available on Amazon. Price: $4,399.00. "A World War II Citation for Legion of Merit for a Russian Officer named Colonel Constantine Pavlovitch Mokal, written on official White House Stationary, signed by President Harry S. Truman, the 33rd President of The United States Of America." Regards, slava1stclass
  10. Gents, This group sold for $9,265.00 on February 28, 2020, on a popular auction site located in the former Soyuz. Judging from the individual images included in the listing (which were not the best), I have my suspicions regarding the originality of several elements. Regards, slava1stclass
  11. Gents, This very fine OGI remains for sale via a well-known West European dealer. Current asking price: $11,340.00. All told, of the 2,656 Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory, 280 were decorated with their final Order of Glory for valor in the Battle of Berlin. One point of clarification. When USSR refers to it as "One of the very last OG1s," he means that its serial number approached the highest recorded OGI serial number for an issued award. He did not mean to say it was one of the last issued in terms of calendar date. OGIs were not strictly issued in serial-number seq
  12. Gents, I finally got around to cross-checking this list which GHB kindly provided. It turns out the one DFC, two DSC and 57 Legion of Merit recipients on the list are in fact already known recipients. Regards, slava1stclass
  13. Gents, In cross-checking the recipients' names in the August 22, 1944, Pravda article against U.S. Army records, I detected a major error. The Red Army personnel listed as having been awarded the Legion of Merit in the degree of Legionnaire were in fact awarded the Silver Star. That said, the above original post is amended as follows: August 22nd, 1944, U.S. Military Awards Presentation at AMEMBASSY Moscow: Distinguished Service Cross - 25 presented Distinguished Flying Cross - 25 presented Silver Star - 90 presented Legion of Merit (Commander) - 25 Legio
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