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  1. Gents, In a span of just over three years, this thread has been viewed an additional 50,000 times now hitting the 100,000 unique views mark - the first thread in GMIC's Russia forum to do so. By far, it remains the Russia forum's most popular non-pinned active thread. Thank you for your continued interest. Regards, slava1stclass
  2. Gents, This set to a Full Cavalier is currently available with an online dealer at an asking price of $16,900.00. The OGII and OGIII are mint-issued official duplicates. The group includes the recipient's Full Cavalier booklet. When recommended for his OGI, he was a Guards sergeant major serving as the senior enlisted man in a machine gun company assigned to a motorized rifle battalion. The battalion was subordinate to a Guards mechanized brigade in a Guards mechanized corps assigned to the 2nd Ukrainian front. The action cited in his OGI recommendation occurred in Hungary in December 1944. His three OGs were his sole decorations during the war. Regards, slava1stclass
  3. Gents, This very nice OGII was awarded to one of the very few Full Cavaliers who was assigned to a Guards airborne unit. As a Guards senior sergeant, he was recommended for his OGI while serving as a gun commander in a battery assigned to a Guards airborne artillery regiment subordinate to a Guards airborne division in the 53rd Army, 2nd Ukrainian Front. Additionally, he was among those Full Cavaliers who saw action against both the Germans and the Japanese. In addition to his three OGs, he was also awarded an ORB (for action against the Japanese), ORS and BM during the war. Regards, slava1stclass
  4. Gents, This OGI was awarded to Guards sergeant major who was serving as a recon platoon leader assigned to a Guards tank brigade subordinate to a Guards tank corps in the 3rd Guards Tank Army, 1st Ukrainian Front. It was awarded for valor in fighting to capture the city of Czestochowa, Poland in January 1945. In addition to his three Orders of Glory, he was also awarded an OPWI (downgraded from the original HSU recommendation) and two ORS during the war. Regards, slava1stclass
  5. Gents, Let me preface this post by stating that while this OGII and OGIII are not associated with a Full Cavalier, they are indeed special in and of themselves in that they were awarded to a Hero of the Soviet Union (HSU). As we know, four Full Cavaliers of the Order of Glory were also awarded the HSU title. Less well known, however, is the fact that slightly under 100 HSUs were also awarded the Order of Glory Second and Third Class. This recipient is one such example. These OGs recently sold separately at auction in the former Soyuz. Opening bid on the OGII was $700. It sold for $701. Opening bid on the OGIII was $200. It sold for $251. The recipient was a Guards private serving as a squad leader in a submachine gun company in a Guards rifle regiment subordinate to a Guards rifle division assigned to 8th Guards Army when recommended for the HSU title. He and his men gallantly fought off a large German counterattack on the night of March 24, 1945, using a large quantity of captured German Panzerfausts. They destroyed 11 armored personnel carriers, three tanks, five self-propelled cannons; killed 250 and captured 30 Germans. Beyond his Gold Star Medal and Order of Lenin, the two OGs were the only other decorations he received during the war. Regards, slava1stclass
  6. Gents, At present, the inventory of Full Cavalier-related items across major U.S. dealers remains low/static with minimal sales action. Most sales are transpiring in the countries of the former Soyuz. Regards, slava1stclass
  7. Gents, This set to a Full Cavalier is currently available with an American dealer. The asking price is $12,750.00. The recipient was a Guards sergeant major with duties as a forward observer squad leader assigned to a Guards rifle regiment subordinate to a Guards rifle division in the 1st Belorussian Front. He was recommended for his OGI for valor during the Battle of Berlin. Additionally, he marched in the Victory Parade in Moscow on June 24, 1945, and would later serve as a guard at the Nuernberg War Crimes Trial in Germany in 1946. He was also decorated with two BMs during the war. Regards, slava1stclass
  8. Gents, A very nice OGII awarded to a Full Cavalier that is presently at auction in the former Soyuz. The current bid stands at $462.00. The recipient was a corporal with duties as a senior forward observer in an artillery regiment subordinate to a rifle division in the 1st Belorussian Front. He was awarded his OGI for action during the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation in April 1945. He was also awarded a CSM during the war. Regards, slava1stclass
  9. Gents, The opening bid of $363.00 was not met and the auction ended with the item unsold. Regards, slava1stclass
  10. Gents, This extremely worn OGII to a Full Cavalier is now at auction in the former Soyuz. The current bid stands at $363.00. The recipient was a Guards senior sergeant and squad leader assigned to an independent Guards sapper battalion subordinate to a Guards rifle division in the 1st Belorussian Front. He was recommended for his OGI for valor during the Berlin Strategic Offensive Operation in April 1945. He was also awarded an ORB, ORS and two BMs during the war. Regards, slava1stclass
  11. Gents, Still available on the well-known auction site. BIN price was dropped to $31,000.00 on March 21, 2021, after having been at $38,500.00 for quite some time. Regards, slava1stclass
  12. Gents, This is one of two OGIIs awarded to this Full Cavalier during the war. It sold at auction in the former Soyuz on March 14, 2021, for $802.00. The recipient was a senior sergeant serving as a gun crew commander in an anti-tank artillery regiment subordinate to 11th Tank Corps. He was recommended for his OGI for valor during the Battle of Berlin. In addition to his four Orders of Glory, he was also awarded an ORS and BM during the war. Regards, slava1stclass
  13. Gents, In early December 2019, this OGI (serial number 1966) to a Full Cavalier sold on an auction site in the former Soyuz for $8,091.00. When recommended for his OGI, the recipient was a Guards sergeant major serving as a platoon leader assigned to a submachine gun company in a Guards rifle regiment subordinate to a Guards rifle division. His division was subordinate to the 1st Baltic Front at that point. His OGI, however, was not authorized until December 1980. It was issued to replace an erroneous second award of the OGIII which he received during the war. Regards, slava1stclass
  14. Gents, For the first time in several years, there were no Full Cavalier items up for auction in the recently concluded annual "The New York Sale": 2021 The New York Sale Russian Orders Medals Regards, slava1stclass
  15. Gents, Well, it appears Zhukov appreciates the information contained in my first book. 😉 rozenas.pdf (ceu.edu) Regards, slava1stclass Onward to Berlin Cite in Academic Paper.pdf
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