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    Soviet Union in World War II, Battle of Stalingrad, Soviet awards (1924-1991), Mongolian awards (1924-1991), Bulgarian awards (1908-1943)

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  1. Much research can be done online these days (GPW-era citations, war diaries, maps, KIA lists, etc.), but you still need a researcher to link a serial number to a specific recipient and to obtain documents other than GPW-era citations (pre-GPW and post-GPW citations, service records, personnel files, etc.). I don't do translations anymore, but you can contact me for the research.
  2. 'Russia Great Patriotic War'? Do you mean an Order of the Patriotic War? Can you post an image so we know what we are discussing? If it's a real one it can be researched, but my experience with Russian flea markets is that they don't sell original orders and medals, for the simply reason that such trade is prohibited in Russia by law.
  3. I'm pretty sure these are two different pieces. Just compare these details:
  4. Are you sure both images show the same piece? The hammer and sickle emblems are certainly two different pieces, and the edge of the sabre looks different as well on both orders...
  5. Well, technically the Red Banner is a higher award than the Orders of Kutuzov, Suvorov, Khmelnitsky, etc., even though those are much rarer.
  6. The hammer and sickle emblem is heavily polished and the entire piece is severely tarnished, making it not the most attractive piece out there, but it seems to be an original one.
  7. I don't think so, the order is on eBay currently. A final chance to get this one for a fair price ;-)
  8. I don't have anything relevant to add, just wanted to remark that both photos show a lovely cloth version of the Mongolian pre-1961 enamel ribbon for the Order of the Red Banner (near the center on the first photo and bottom left on the second photo). Compare to this enamel one: http://gmic.co.uk/topic/16721-enamel-ribbon-bars/?tab=comments#comment-162557
  9. It's good. Everything he sells is original.
  10. That's about right. They have some wound award decrees from the early 1950s though, but this 1972 award won't be on the website.
  11. It's a little linguistic joke; if you were to pronounce the word 'copy' as if it were Cyrillic it would sound like 'soru'. But all jokes aside, the order is fake unfortunately. Yes, they did make fakes in the 90s.
  12. The buyer must have realized his mistake, because it's back: https://www.ebay.com/itm/282970027524
  13. The center medallion has just been polished quite rigorously I think. They even did a bit of the rim, as the last photo shows. The serial number in particular is absolutely textbook, it's very hard to fake that.
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