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  1. "Slava," thank you for the update. Since this is an aged thread overall, it bears noting here (as mentioned elsewhere) that Dave Schwind's outstanding book Blue Seas, Red Stars has documented awards to American naval personnel in detail. Another of our fellow members is currently working on an extensive article about awards to Army personnel that will surely provide us with an even more accurate count (higher total than the above). In one exchange, for example, 60 Legions of Merit / Bronze Stars to the Soviet Army were reciprocated with 60 awards to the American Army ranging from Combat Servic
  2. Gentlemen, (Marse and mayerse in particular) While I would defer to true experts, it seems to me the lettering of the obverse isn't quite right. Corrections welcome. *Edited to add the caveat, and to reduce specificity
  3. Following up with some hi-res scans. What do these reveal? Thanks,
  4. Thank you, Owain! I anticipate having the medal in hand in a couple of weeks and will post proper scans at that time.
  5. Colleagues, can anyone identify and provide some information about this Syrian medal? This is the only image available, obviously photoshopped. The side with the artillery is the obverse, and the blue/white side is the reverse. Thanks in advance!
  6. Nick, thanks for posting. This looks like an award to a foreigner. Could you please post the 1st and 2nd pages of the document in full, without any obstruction?
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    Soviet Russian USSR researched medal group consisting of Order of Service to the Homeland 3rd Class #17xxx and Order of the Red Star #369xxxx awarded awarded in 1975 and 1982 respectively to the chief political officer of a division and subsequently of the entire Odessa military district, 100k troops. This is a rather rare pairing to find. Both awards are in excellent condition, as per scans. Original screw plates included. The group is supported by 10 pages of archival research including Award Record Cards confirming that both awards belong to the same recipient (4 pages + 2 additional pages for an unnumbered medal not included, images not shown), as well as citations (4 pages). Orders of Service to the Homeland (also known as the Order of Service to the Motherland) that were actually awarded are quite scarce. According to highly regarded references, fewer than half of the orders minted were actually handed out. Many examples on the market are unawarded pieces sold out of storage after the fall of the Soviet Union. There are also a tremendous number of fakes, as well as original pieces that have been tampered with. Additionally, many pieces have suffered enamel damage. Professional English translations of the archival research available upon request. By request of the researcher, I can only disclose the serial numbers of the orders to the final buyer. $1000 (listed price in EUR is GBP is only an estimate at the time of posting). Payment by PayPal (other methods only by advance agreement). No returns. Shipping to the USA only, $10. International buyers – if interested, please contact me in advance to arrange shipping. Thank you!

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    Description Order of the Red Star #3747427 "rotating-tool"/“бормашина” variation awarded to sniper Mikhail Lavrentevich Ponomarenko in 1976 for heroism in battle in February 1945. The order is in excellent condition, as seen on the scans. It is a very early example of the “бормашина” variation (“rotating tool”... referring to the serial number engraving). According to a standard reference, the lowest known number for the type is 3747114. Ponomarenko was 22 years old and a Komsomol member at the time he earned the Red Star. He joined the Red Army in March 1943 and was wounded at least three times – Aug. 43, Dec. 43, and severely in April 44. He also earned a Bravery Medal in August 1944 for the forcing of the Donets River. His Red Star citation reads: “During the offensive against the city of Otovice on 2/26/1945, Red Army Soldier Ponomarenko showed great courage and bravery. He was among the first to break into the town and with his sniper fire destroyed 3 Hitlerites.” Includes archival research in electronic format (14 pages, including an additional “Award Record Card” for Ponomarenko’s Bravery Medal... images will be provided in original color). English translation available upon request. An extremely rare "бормашина" variation Red Star to a sniper! $450 (listed price in EUR is GBP is only an estimate at the time of posting). Payment by PayPal (other methods only by advance agreement). No returns. Shipping to the USA only, $10. International buyers – if interested, please contact me in advance to arrange shipping. Thank you!

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  9. Very nice 👍 In short, Sprogis evacuated 43 wounded soldiers from the battlefield over two days. He served in an ambulance unit, so that figures. What's interesting is that the last pages of his citation (317-319 on Podvig) show that the Red Banner was approved all the way up to the commander of the 33rd Army, Lieutenant-General Efremov (as well as the relevant commissar). There is no notice of a downgrade. The original recommendation looks highly inflated by 1942 standards. A Bravery Medal or Red Star was more fitting even by 1945 standards. Here's the Podvig link for
  10. THIS ADVERT HAS EXPIRED!

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    Order of the Red Star #3747427 "rotating-tool"/“бормашина” variation awarded to sniper Mikhail Lavrentevich Ponomarenko in 1976 for heroism in battle in February 1945. The order is in excellent condition, as seen on the scans. It is a very early example of the “бормашина” variation (“rotating tool”... referring to the serial number engraving). According to a standard reference, the lowest known number for the type is 3747114. Ponomarenko was 22 years old and a Komsomol member at the time he earned the Red Star. He joined the Red Army in March 1943 and was wounded at least three times – Aug. 43, Dec. 43, and severely in April 44. He also earned a Bravery Medal in August 1944 for the forcing of the Donets River. His Red Star citation reads: “During the offensive against the city of Otovice on 2/26/1945, Red Army Soldier Ponomarenko showed great courage and bravery. He was among the first to break into the town and with his sniper fire destroyed 3 Hitlerites.” Includes archival research in electronic format (14 pages, including an additional “Award Record Card” for Ponomarenko’s Bravery Medal... images will be provided in original color). English translation available upon request. An extremely rare "бормашина" variation Red Star to a sniper! $450 (listed price in EUR is GBP is only an estimate at the time of posting). Payment by PayPal (other methods only by advance agreement). No returns. Shipping to the USA only, $10. International buyers – if interested, please contact me in advance to arrange shipping. Thank you!

    £355.00

  11. Thanks for sharing. Could you please post close-ups of the obverse and reverse and the second page of the document? Always good to have images for reference 😊
  12. The Nevsky is no good. For the OPW – get a straight-on picture of the reverse and a detailed photo of the serial number to be sure that it has not been altered. It should be fine but it's hard to be too careful, especially when other elements of the set are dubious. Speaking of which, the document shows signs of tampering.
  13. Sal, some iffy news and some better news. The iffy – something seems off about that group to me. Most glaring: in the order booklet, the 2 x Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class are in reverse serial number order and therefore in reverse chronological order. That doesn't make much sense. I also think the ink of the last three entries is suspect. In my experience, a hallmark of a concocted group is the presence of multiple, odd-looking entries after a perfectly legitimate one (the Order of the Red Banner). I hope someone with fresher expertise will comment further. In the meantime, yo
  14. Nick, I can't send you a PM for some reason – a pop-up box says you can't receive messages. Please remind me of your email address by PM. Thanks!

  15. Have to interject with some skepticism here on the grounds of the serial number. The earliest observed Red Stars for Afghanistan were in the 3,6xx,xxx range, and the last observed issues from the 3,5xx,xxx range were made in 1968-9. The possibilities that come to mind are that the order booklet was faked (not an uncommon occurrence), or the award was a total anomaly. Please do post photos – of the Red Star and doc plus the rest of the group – when you're able, hopefully before you've actually made the purchase.
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