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Ferdinand

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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. Russia seems to have manufactured a number of Soviet awards to be issued to veterans who were awarded a decoration during the Soviet era (generally during WW2), but never received it for some reason or another. I have seen images of recent award ceremonies during which Red Stars were issued. I presume they also had some former Soviet stock lying around which they could have issued in the 1990s. The other former Soviet republics seem to have presented the veteran only with the paperwork, not the award itself. I actually researched a Red Star this week which was awarded by a rifle division in August 1945, but according to the record card (which was filled out in Ukraine in 1999) the veteran, who was almost 90 years old at the time, was only presented with the award documents at his local commissariat in 1999.
  2. Smersh citations are often not on Podvig Naroda, but most of them are stored in the Central Archives and therefore they are not that difficult to locate. The NKVD archives, as you say, are a whole other story... Заградслужба is an abbreviation of заградительная служба, but the more commonly used term is заградотряд / заградительный отряд. It's also frequently translated as 'blocking unit'.
  3. 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.
  4. '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.
  5. I'm pretty sure these are two different pieces. Just compare these details:
  6. 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...
  7. Well, technically the Red Banner is a higher award than the Orders of Kutuzov, Suvorov, Khmelnitsky, etc., even though those are much rarer.
  8. 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.
  9. I don't think so, the order is on eBay currently. A final chance to get this one for a fair price ;-)
  10. 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
  11. It's good. Everything he sells is original.
  12. 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.
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