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  1. Here is an interesting Order of the Red Star awarded by decree in 1942 to Nikolai Semyenovich Gershon. By the time the Order was given out in 1986, he had changed his name to Nikolai Semyenovich Mikhlin. It's interesting to see that an award in the range of 3,700,000 was awarded by decree in December 1942. Mikhlin was living in Leningrad at the time his award was finally presented to him, not out in the wilderness, so his name change must have been the reason it took so long to get to him. Anyway, onto the research... Nikolai Semyenovich Mikhlin Sniper Squad Leader - 3rd Guards Motorized Rifle Division Award Card 3 November 1986, RSFSR, Leningrad, Kyibyshev Regional Military Commissariat 1. Last name: Mikhlin 2. Name and patrionymic: Nikolai Semenovich 3. Nationality: Russian 4. Gender: Male 5. Birthyear: 1921 6. Birthplace: Shklov, Mogilev Oblast 7. Party membership: n/a 8. Education: mid-level 9. Military rank: Guards sergeant (reserves) 10. Time in Red Army: 05.1940-06.1945 11. Place of service at awarding: Sniper Squad Leader – 3 Guards Motorized Rifle Division 12. Place of work at present: “Kontakt 4” – welder/instrumental technician 13. Home address: Leningrad, Rubinshtein St. Bldg. 26, Apt. 11 14. Awards: Designation Serial Number Awarding Organization Red Star 3.766.117 5 Army dated 4 December 1942 Verified by Kyibyshev Regional Military Commissariat Colonel A.A. Yushchenko on 03 November 1986 Award Sheet 1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Gershon, Nikolai Semenovich 2. Rank: Guards Sergeant 3. Duty position: Sniper Squad Leader – Blocking Battalion, 3 Guards Motorized Rifle Division Recommendation for the Order of the Red Star 4. Born: 1921 5. Nationality: Russian 6. In Red Army: since 1940 7. Party membership: Comsomol member 8. Previous combat: Western Front, Karmanov Region, Smolensk Oblast August-October 1942 9. Wounds or shell-shock: n/a 10. Previous awards: n/a 11. Inducted by: Kalinin Regional Military Commissariat, Leningrad 12. Home of record: Leningrad, Mezhdunarodnii Prospekt Bldg. 711, Apt. 34 Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment He has operated as a sniper squad leader since 5.9.42 on our defense’s lead edge near Kostino, Karmanov Region, Smolensk Oblast. By his personal example he has motivated his squad’s soldiers to destroy the enemy, which as a result his sniper squad has destroyed 239 fascist invaders from 5.9.42 to 7.10.42, of which Gershon personally killed 39. Prior to entering into combat Comrade Gershon applied full zeal to train his squad in the skill of sniper shooting and trained brave, accurate riflemen for action in combat. Signed Blocking Battalion Commander Guards Captain Mironov and Guards Politruk Alfimov on 8 October 1942 Endorsed Commander, 3 Guards Motorized Rifle Division, Guards Lieutenant Colonel Vochkov on 14.10.1942 Endorsed 5 Army Deputy Commander General-Lieutenant Fod(?)nskii and Division Commissar Ivanov on 31 October 1942
  2. Hi All! This is another recent pickup of mine, a group to Guard Senior Lieutenant Trofimov Nikolai Dmitrievich. He apparently made it from Moscow, through Stalingrad, to Berlin. And he earned a red star (#2,124,058) and OGPW (#659,192) along the way...I think. Those two awards didn't come with an order book, so the only way to know for sure is through research, I guess. If anyone wants better pictures, let me know. Thanks! -Alex
  3. This is one of my favorite groups. It belonged to Guards Lt. Colonel Mikhail Aleksandrovich Tolkachev. Colonel Tolkachev joined the Red Army on 18 September 1938 and served until 11 December 1964. He served through WW2 and and advised the Red Chinese. He was a career tanker, though his positions during the War included service with motor rifle units. The greatest thing about this group was that he kept the photos he took at the end of the War! It sheds an interesting light on the road to victory (so to speak) at the vanguard of the 3rd Guards Tank Army, where he served as the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations for the 22nd Motor-Rifle Brigade attached to the 6th Guards Tank Corps. During the War, he earned the Red Banner, two OGPW 1sts, and the Red Star. His citations include the following: In the village of Medvezhinskoye 27 January 1943, after all our rifle commanders were killed during an enemy counterattack, he stopped a squad from the battalion and personally led the soldiers into an attack. As a result of this surprise counterattack, our soldiers retook the village and forced out the enemy. After the enemy had fled, our soldiers launched another attack and destroyed the enemy forces. He acted with exceptional courage. His first Order of the Patriotic War was awarded in September 1943. He was initially nominated for a second Red Star, but it was upgraded to the Order of Kutuzov 3rd Class. Other minds prevailed however, and he was awarded the OGPW 1st Captain Tolkachev, as a Chief of Staff of the 1059th Rifle Regiment, immediately participated in the preparation of operations carried out by the regiment between 22 August 1943 and 28 September 1943. In combat, during the offensive, he provided prompt leadership. As a result of the implemented plans that have been developed with Comrade Tolkachev?s active participation, the troops broke through heavy German fortifications of the on the western bank of the Severnaya Dontsa river in the village of Krivaya Lyka from 4 to 5 September 1943 and advanced, taking over the villages of Krivaya Lyka, Zakatnoye, Kolenniki, Bezkrovny, Rai-Alexandrovka, as well as the mountain of Slovyanska and the height 168,4 towering over Slovyansk. The taking of this height provided for the advancement of our troops to the west and south-west of Slovyansk, to the village of Shostakovka, where the enemy attempted to stop the advancement of our troops. As a result of the able and prompt leadership of Captain Tolkachev during the attacks, up to 950 enemy officers and soldiers, 8 trucks carrying goods, 2 artillery and 1 mortar batteries, 10 earth and timber pillboxes were destroyed. Ten motorcycles, 3 warehouses with ammunition, 30 bicycles, 2 fuel warehouses, 6 machine-guns and other smaller pieces were captured. Comrade Tolkachev deserves to be awarded the Order of Red Star. His second Order of the Patriotic War was awarded in January 1945 with the following citation: During the course of brigade?s military campaigns, Guards Captain Tolkachev, as a Deputy Operations Chief of Staff, maintained the operations of his department at top levels. By providing timely information about the situation on the battlefield, informing the sub-units of military orders, and ensuring their complete fulfillment, he helped the brigade to successfully fulfill its military objectives. Comrade Tolkachev actively participated in the crossing of the rivers Nida and Pyalitsa by the sub-units of the brigade. The crossings of the rivers were exemplary. For his courage and bravery he deserves to be awarded the Order of the Great Patriotic War 1st Class. His final wartime award was the Order of the Red Banner in April 1945. He was initially nominated for an Order of Lenin, but it was downgraded to the Red Banner. Comrade Tolkachev works as the deputy head of operations. During the course of brigade?s military actions, he has showed himself as a courageous, developing commander. On 24 April 1945 during forced crossing of the Teltov Canal, Guards Captain Tolkachev, who was among the infantry under heavy enemy artillery fire, organized the crossing of the Canal with only locally procured materials. During street fighting in Berlin, Comrade Tolkachev organized effective coordination between the means of enforcement and advancing infantry. He is brave and resolved in battle, fulfills the orders of his commanders without regard for his life. For courage and bravery in battles he deserves to be awarded with the Order of Lenin. What an amazing wartime record! And yet, as can be seen by the photos, he never lost his wry smile. A truly amazing man that I would have loved to have met in person. Enjoy the following posts.... Dave
  4. Gentlemen, In the thread “Red Star Awarded for Battle of Kursk” an interesting point was raised with regard to the rarity of decorations and awards for The Battle of Kursk. Rather than send Soviet 1000’s thread off in another direction, I thought that we could use a separate thread dedicated to this question of rarity and for posting Kursk awards. I would like to start by presenting Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class, #15515 which was issued on 6 August 1943 to Col. Vladimir Mikhaylovich Kramar, assistant operational department commander, Headquarters of the Central Front. The award citation notes that “During the July operations, comrade Kramar strenuously worked...”.
  5. Just when you think that items and research have betrayed you, you get surprised. That is one thing I like -- I think -- about this "hobby". Solo Order of the Red Banner #264731.
  6. Hello gents, finally i have a researched OGPW 1st class. And it looks interesting, but the citation is unfortunately handwritten and i have a hard time to gather any info at all from it. Interestingly this research came with three award cards. One for this OGPW 1st class:
  7. Here is the group, award booklets, Orders Books, Medals Book will follow. The ONLY things missing from this group, 1938 to 1991 are his 1938 Khasan Badge and Award Book, and the document to his 50th Abnniversary of the Ukrainian KGB Badge.
  8. I bet you all haven't seen an award card like this before! I'll let folks stretch their Cyrillic reading abilities to figure out who this award card belonged to... Dave
  9. Hi everyone, i got my first soviet group yesterday and its much too nice not to share it with you. I will post the group and Rick will add some personal data. Thanks very much to Rick for his effort to translate the research for me. Comrade Aleksandr Andreevich Gavrilenko was Ukrainian and served in several Rifle units. But let Rick tell the Rest. Here is his Order book with entries for two Military Merit Medals, a Red Star and a Red Banner.
  10. I have received some prelimary results from some research I ordered from a fellow forum member. There may be more that I will share when it comes in... very soon! Anyway, this research is for my screwback Order of the Red Banner. I bought this at a highly discounted price from Igor M back in 1992. It was discounted because some of the enamel had been damaged/replaced. Here is the medal
  11. This very interesting group was sold recently in Russia. Cavalier helped "Egyptian Comrades" with radar installations ...
  12. Hi all. I got this one from Rick (Stogieman) back in 2006. It's now in the collection of Kapusta Norm over at SAF but as he's said it "may" come back to my collection some day. I'm posting this with his kind permission... the research and pics are his with the exception of the two of the award itself which, if memory serves were from Rick (Stogieman) from when I got it from him... was actually a shot of this one and a T1 MMM but I cut it down just to show the T1 BM. Many thanks to both Kapusta Norm and to Stogieman. And awaaaaaay we go! First the award itself:
  13. Unfortunately this group was recently split by the seller … At least in this thread it will remain intact Cavalier
  14. Major of Medical Service was awarded with Order of Red Star for providing medical assistance to citizens of Democratic Republic of Vietnam (air defence of Haiphong) during bombing raids of American aviation in 1967/1968.
  15. I a posting the research of a double Red Banner Group. What is special about this group is that I was able to find the second red banner from a collector in Australia, so was able to reunite them, so will continue to search for other missing awards. First Red Banner award sheet: Document pertaining to Order Red Banner #229.156 Information card Order Booklet No 511128 Last name : Ushakov Name and patronymic: Boris Vladimirovich Rank: Lt. Colonel Sex: Male Birth year: 1921 Birth place: Moscow Party membership: Member of the All-Union Communist party (Bolsheviks) since 1945 Education: High School Education Nationality: Russian Joined red army: 1940 Place of service and duty position at time of awarding: 17th Air Combat Army, 179th Guard Fighter Pilot regiment. Commander of the Air Squadron Place of service at current time: 17th Air Combat Army, 179th Guard Fighter Pilot Regiment. Commander of the Air Squadron Home address: Moscow, 112 Prolomnaya, 1a, apt. 3 Awards Award name Award number Document number Reason for awarding OGPW I 113.668 M / R 017112 Order #016 of the 3rd Guard Fighter Pilot Regiment of 28.10.1944 Order of Red Banner 229.156 M / R 893219 Order #044/N of the 5th Air Combat Army of 26.03.1945 Order of Red Banner 229.161 M / R 893268 Order #085/N of the 5th Air Combat Army of 23.05.1945 Order of Red Star 1.846.503 M / R 805732 Order #0125/N of the 5th Air Combat Army of 13.06.1945 OGPW II 553.176 M / R 805758 Order #0112/N of the 17th Air Combat Army of 29.08.1945 For Victory Over Germany G 014784 By Decree 09.05.1945 Liberation of Budapest A 002724 By Decree 09.06.1945 Capture of Vienna A 010981 By Decree 09.06.1945 Combat Service Medal Un - Numbered By Decree 15.11.1950 Order of Red Star 3.516.461 511128 By Decree 30.12.1956 Chairman of the Headquarters of the 179th Guard Fighter Pilot Regiment Guard Lt. Colonel Glazov 10 May 1946 Award sheet Order of the Red Banner # 229.156 Last name, name and patronymic : Ushakov, Boris Vladimirovich Rank : Guard Lieutenant Duty position and Unit: Unit Commander in the 177th Guard Fighter Aircraft Debretzensky Regiment, 14th Guard Fighter Aircraft Kirovgradsky Red Banner Division "Order Suvorov Second Degree", 3rd Guard Fighter Aircraft Yassky Corps Birth year: 1921 Nationality: Russian Party membership: not a party member In combat: has fought in the Great Patriotic War since 09/05/44, on the 2nd Ukrainian Front Wounds of Contusions: None In Red Army: 1940 Inducted by: staff Earlier Awards: Order "GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR 1st Degree" by the order of the 3rd Guard Fighter Aircraft Corps Permanent address: City of Moscow 112,1 Prolomna St, Apt. 3, mother - Ushakova Anna Aleksandrovna SHORT, SPECIFIC PRESENTATION OF THE PERSONAL BATTLE FEAT OR ACHIEVEMENT: On 10/24/44, he was awarded with the Order "GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR 1st Degree" for 37 successful flight missions, for taking down an ME-109 airplane, for the demolition of 1 steam engine and up to 30 soldiers and officers. After receiving the award, he performed 43 successful flight attack missions, as follows: 2 - as an escort of bomber planes, 29 - as a cover for the battle formations of ground troops, 10 - on a reconnaissance mission, 2 - on a "free hunt". Conducted 18 air battles during which he personally took down 3 enemy FW-190 airplanes. During his service as a unit commander, his unit conducted 75 flight missions, 12 air battles in which 5 enemy planes were taken down without crew member casualties. On 10/23/44, while performing the military task "free hunt", he encountered 4 FW-190s and attacked them as a result of which he personally took down 1 FW-190. The task was carried out perfectly. On 11/01.44, while covering for the ground troops as part of 4 LA-5 aircraft unit, he entered into battle with 6 FW-190 and as a result he personally took down 1 FW-190. On 12/22/44, while covering the ground troops with a passing bomb attack on the enemy troops and machinery and throwing bombs on a motorcar line, he flew down; hedgehopping took 2 motorcars by storm and demolished them. On 12/23/44, while covering the ground troops, he conducted passing bomb attacks on railroad stations. After the bomb attack, he was attacked by 6 FW-190 and 2 ME-109, during the air battle he personally took down 1 FW-190. The unit as a whole took down 4 enemy planes without any casualties. His brave actions, courage, and perfectly planned and executed air battles assured that he would achieve success in his battle operations. During his flight missions for reconnaissance of enemy troops and machinery he always performed his tasks successfully, supplied the commanding staff with valuable information about the enemy troops and machinery. Even when he was in difficult reconnaissance conditions under an enemy antiaircraft attack, he continued steadfastly ahead with his mission, never abandoning the leader, ready to assist at any moment, thus ensuring the success of any battle mission. For his excellent participation in battle, for his courage and bravery, for 43 successful flight missions, for personally taking down 3 FW-190 enemy planes, he merits the Government Award with the Order "RED BANNER" COMMANDER of the 2nd Aircraft Squadron 177th Guard Fighter Aircraft (Debretzensky Regiment) Guard Senior Lieutenant Mal'tzev 11 February 1945 For the courage and bravery shown during the battles with the German occupators, for the 43 successful flight missions, for personally taking down 3 FW-190s, he merits the Government Award of Order "RED BANNER" COMMANDER OF THE 177th GUARD FIGHTER AIRCRAFT DEBRETZENSKY REGIMENT GUARD MAJOR UGROBATOV 12 February 1945 He merits the government award of Order "RED BANNER" COMMANDER OF THE 14th GUARD FIGHTER KIROVGRAD RED BANNER AIRCRAFT DIVISION “ORDER SUVOROV" GUARD COLONEL YUDAKOV 14 February 1945 He MERITS the Government Award of Order "RED BANNER" COMMANDER OF THE 3rd GUARD FIGHTER AIRCRAFT YASSKY CORPS GUARD LT. GENERAL OF AVIATION PODGORNY 28 February 1945 He has been awarded the Order "RED BANNER" by order #044-N of 03/26/45 to the forces of the 5th Airborne Army. SENIOR ASST. DIRECTOR OF THE PERSONNEL DIVISION OF THE 5th AIRBORNE ARMY SENIOR LIEUTENANT SHVETZ
  16. Hi All, My name is Dan and I am looking for a Soviet Bravery Medal which number is 1005996. It sold from ebay and come with document. If any one got this medal or any information. Please contact me with this email : 317715375@qq.com Thanks a lot! Kind regards, Dan
  17. As you can see this one has had the enamel in the top arm replaced at some point in it's history due to damage.
  18. I recently picked up this small group to Private Stefan Kuzmich Bolshunov during my trip to Estonia (I also visited Russia, Finland, and Sweden). Bravery Medal #2,844,012 - 1.6.45 Medal for Victory over Germany Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class (1985) #2,603,625 Also included are a case, documents for the Victory Over Germany medal and OGPW, two military ID books, and war invalid documents. The document for the Bravery Medal is missing, but its serial number and award date are included in both of the ID books. For now I will just post the group and the two medal documents. The military ID booklets are very heavily scribbled-in - a gold mine of information. Of the groups in my collection, this one probably has the most information available without even paying for research. In fact, I wonder if any research beyond the citation is even necessary, considering that essentially everything that would be on an award record card is here. I am going to get some help translating the ID's before I post them, though. Alex
  19. Hi all, During my travels, I got one interesting and abused piece of paper what shows only a Red Army officer rank and name. It turned out that the Junior Ltn. Kariste received United States Distinguished Service Medal because his valour during Velike Lukie operation. He trough back 7 german hand grenades and lost his arm, when the last grenade exploded. My main question is - how many these kind a States awards Red Army men received and does anyone knows what paper slip it can be exactly - complimentary card with the letter, etc? He was native estonian and lived after the war in the small coastal town called Haapsalu. Place, from where I bought that piece of paper as well.
  20. Thirteen Mongolian soldiers were awarded the Order of Glory 3rd Class for their feats in the war against Japan from August - September 1945. Out of 13 soldiers awarded the Order of Glory, 3rd Class, two were bestowed the title of Hero of the Mongolian People's Republic. Below is the information on one of the thirteen recipients of the Order of Glory, 3rd Class -Private Baljidyn Yondon. He was awarded the Order of the Glory, 3rd Class with serial number 555807 by the Decree of the Supreme Soviet of USSR in July 1946. AWARD LIST Last Name, Name, and Patronymic: Baljidyn Yondon Rank: Private Position, Unit: Gunner (наводчик) of 76 mm artillery unit Is recommended for the Order of Glory 3rd Class 1. Year and Place of Birth: 1920; Sarhat county of Southgobi province 2. Nationality: Mongol Khalkha 3. In the Mongolian Revolutionary Army Since: 1943 4. Party Membership: No 5. Participation in Battles (where and when): No 6. Wounds or Contusions Received: Doesn't have 7. Previous award: No 8. Drafted by what district military commissar: Southgobi aimag 9. Permanent home address (or the prospective awardee or his/her family): Hanha nuur county, Southgobi aimag Brief Description of Personal Feat or Merits During the combat on August 19, he personally destroyed one Anti-tank unit and one machine gun fortified nest with his artillery gun, thereby contributed to the advancement of the units. Commander of the Motorized Brigade of the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Army Colonel (signed) Nyantaisuren 31 August 1945
  21. The KGB really didn't make these easy Any answers/suggestions? Thanks in advance. Cheers, Alex First two:
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