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Orden "Camilo Cienfuegos"

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Orden "Camilo Cienfuegos"

Order of Camilo Cienfuegos. Another high order, 7th in precedence in Cuban ODM hierarchy. Camilo Cienfuegos was one of the four most popular leaders of the Cuban Revolution. A Marxist, not a Communist, more closely aligned with Che.

Statutes of the order, courtesy of Lukasz:

Article 1. The ORDER "CAMILO CIENFUEGOS" is awarded to the members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces in the active military service, in the reserve and retired, as well as to the military of friendly countries, for extraordinary merit in developing and accomplishing combat actions, in defense of the achievements and sovereignty of our socialist country.

Article 2. The ORDER "CAMILO CIENFUEGOS" is made of gilt metal.

Article 3. The ORDER "CAMILO CIENFUEGOS" is conferred in recognition of the following types of merit:

a) shooting down a bomber or a fighter-bomber by the means of the Air Force;

b) shooting down two armored helicopters or three transport helicopters by the means of the Air Force;

c) shooting down three or more bombers or fighter-bombers by the means of anti-aircraft missiles or contributing to their destruction in the complex conditions of the situation in the air;

ch) shooting down two or more aircraft or helicopters by the means of the anti-aircraft artillery;

d) destroying three or more enemy tanks or armored carriers;

e) sinking three or more enemy barges or transportation or personal amphibious vehicles;

f) neutralizing an enemy artillery group;

g) destroying two or more tanks or pieces of artillery with the support of tanks or armored vehicles;

h) sinking a transportation barge for troops, combat equipment or artillery support by the means of small firearms;

i) capturing and fetching to our lines important enemy arms or equipment;

j) destroying a submarine or a supporting barge;

k) removing, under the enemy fire, damaged vital parts of equipment or arms;

l) successfully assisting, under the enemy fire, in a combat action of the unit or subunit;

ll) assisting at the risk of one's life the commander of the unit during the combat, accomplishing combat objective with him;

m) annihilating superior enemy forces while commanding the unit or subunit with its forces and means;

n) destroying at the direct risk of life the enemy equipment or arms thus securing the success of our troops;

?) saving the life of comrades at the direct risk of one's life;

o) achieving combat success resulting from participation in the planning of combat actions and distinguished commanding the troops;

p) demonstrating other deeds or acts of personal valor and bravery.

The following articles describe the physical appearance of the order and ribbon bar, the obligations of the recipients and the deeds for which the order can be revoked. Article 9 states that the order may be conferred posthumously; article 10 details to whom the insignia will be handed in such a case.

Example of the medal ribbon:

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Nice photograph of Camilo before his rather mysterious death in a plane crash:

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I recall that the only portrait Che had on his study wall was that of Camillo.

Incidentaly I think that it's quite hard to be a Marxist, and not a Communist!

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Hello,

A badge of this order from my collection.

Sorry for bad condition but it's hard to fine this order.

Regards.

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OK, here are the statutes of the order. I cannot help thinking that the legislators must have been much inspired by the Soviet Order of the Patriotic War.

Article 1. The ORDER "CAMILO CIENFUEGOS" is awarded to the members of the Revolutionary Armed Forces in the active military service, in the reserve and retired, as well as to the military of friendly countries, for extraordinary merit in developing and accomplishing combat actions, in defense of the achievements and sovereignty of our socialist country.

Article 2. The ORDER "CAMILO CIENFUEGOS" is made of gilt metal.

Article 3. The ORDER "CAMILO CIENFUEGOS" is conferred in recognition of the following types of merit:

a) shooting down a bomber or a fighter-bomber by the means of the Air Force;

b) shooting down two armored helicopters or three transport helicopters by the means of the Air Force;

c) shooting down three or more bombers or fighter-bombers by the means of anti-aircraft missiles or contributing to their destruction in the complex conditions of the situation in the air;

ch) shooting down two or more aircraft or helicopters by the means of the anti-aircraft artillery;

d) destroying three or more enemy tanks or armored carriers;

e) sinking three or more enemy barges or transportation or personal amphibious vehicles;

f) neutralizing an enemy artillery group;

g) destroying two or more tanks or pieces of artillery with the support of tanks or armored vehicles;

h) sinking a transportation barge for troops, combat equipment or artillery support by the means of small firearms;

i) capturing and fetching to our lines important enemy arms or equipment;

j) destroying a submarine or a supporting barge;

k) removing, under the enemy fire, damaged vital parts of equipment or arms;

l) successfully assisting, under the enemy fire, in a combat action of the unit or subunit;

ll) assisting at the risk of one's life the commander of the unit during the combat, accomplishing combat objective with him;

m) annihilating superior enemy forces while commanding the unit or subunit with its forces and means;

n) destroying at the direct risk of life the enemy equipment or arms thus securing the success of our troops;

?) saving the life of comrades at the direct risk of one's life;

o) achieving combat success resulting from participation in the planning of combat actions and distinguished commanding the troops;

p) demonstrating other deeds or acts of personal valor and bravery.

The following articles describe the physical appearance of the order and ribbon bar, the obligations of the recipients and the deeds for which the order can be revoked. Article 9 states that the order may be conferred posthumously; article 10 details to whom the insignia will be handed in such a case.

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Lovely information and images on this thread (as elsewhere). Thanks, all! :cheers:

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Well, based on the statutes, looks like a high combat order. My friend in Germany asked about this and had to choose, I told him to get one of these, so hopefully when he returns to Europe we'll get some good scans for the archives!

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My Orden:

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(thanks to Greg)

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My Orden:hi, i am back to canada have a few orders rare if you like send me a note best regards greg

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(thanks to Greg)

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Hello gentlemen, what puzzles me is the fact that orders documents are never visible... howt they do look like?

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