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How Many OPWs CAN You Wear, Comrade?


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Hi all,

Here are some photos that were sent to me by a seller I'm dealing with (Zozlo) who thought our members might enjoy them. :cool:

I actually just realized there are only two pics... the "third" being a closeup of the group shot. :speechless: If a moderator could please correct the title I'd appreciate it. :beer:

The first is an individual officer in greatcoat, the other being a group showing alot of gongs:

I particularly like this one from the group shot which shows a five time OGPW awardee! :speechless1: Being one who loves and has an ever breeding collection of OGPW's I thought this one was the best. :love::jumping:

Many thanks Zozlo! :beer:

Dan :cheers:

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Is this the highest number known awarded to an individual?

Hi Paul,

Zozlo had sent me over this additional information. Was hoping he'd post it as I suggested same but I think he hit the bed before he got my next email. Here's what he said in reference to this:

"The Only Information That We Can Mention That 5 Orders Of GPW Is The Maximum Number For One Person Ever, Also Second That For Nowadays Only 2 Such Knights Known With 5 GPW... Mamonov Ivan Ivanovich & Our Unkown Officer And The Third That This Guy Had All 5 "War" Orders, Not 1985 Anniversary..."

I'm assuming that's either all 2nds, or a combination of 1sts and 2nds. Interesting that he refers to these two individuals as Knights... assuming he means Cavaliers although I think "officially" in the Soviet awards system that those with all three classes of the Order of Glory and the Order of Labor Glory are referred to by that name/title.

Also, not sure if more could be worn if say either or both of these gents survived the war and made it to 1985 and were awarded one of the 85 issues... if that's a possibility then assuming a total of six including the 1985 issue.

But please, if any of our more learned members knows better please correct me on this.

I did manage to find this over at SAF by Alexscl, one of their Russian members:

"Patriotic War ? 5 orders ? 3 of 1st class and 2 of 2nd class ? HSU Fiodorov I.E.

Patriotic War 3 of 1st class ? General Major Jzilin A.N., HSU Colonel Goriachkin T.S."

Hoping someone can give us the answer to this. :unsure::beer:

Dan :cheers:

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Interesting that he refers to these two individuals as Knights... assuming he means Cavaliers although I think "officially" in the Soviet awards system that those with all three classes of the Order of Glory and the Order of Labor Glory are referred to by that name/title.

'Kavaler' (Cavalier / Knight) is simply the Russian word for recipient / awardee.

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Actually, rather puts one in mind of the English actor Robert Shaw in his younger days. Construction troops Colonel Vasily Gavrilovich Novannik/Novanik Zhovannik/Zhovanik (take your pick--on there both ways), attested by Kiev Military District 28.7.60-- wearing the M1955 parade uniform superceded--by regulations--in 1958.

Now MY Triple OPW IS scary looking--

naval administrative Captain 1st Rank Leonid Pavelovich Pankratov on 13 December 1958:

My name is Drakkala. I vant to drink your bluuuud....

:speechless1:

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NOT counting the 1985 jubilees-- REAL ones--

I'd say 2 "real" OPWs were fairly common for mid level officers but

3 seems levels of magnitude less common.

How about anybody with 3 or more? I've only got the Comrade Captain 1st Rank out of all the tossed out RVK file photos I pawed through in the 1990s. :rolleyes:

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...Construction troops Colonel Vasily Gavrilovich Novannik/Novannik (take your pick--on there both ways), attested by Kiev Military District 28.7.60-- wearing the M1955 parade uniform superceded--by regulations--in 1958...

Rick,

I believe that it is Zhovanik, Vasily Gavrilovich.

Marc

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Marc-- of course! :banger:

Absolutely correct! :cheers:

This is what happens with having one eye and eeverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrybody posts alllllllllllllllllll their Cyrillic when it is night time where I am, sitting here in the dark because this is the only room in the house all my computer clutter fits into.

Brendan (iut being daylight here in the swamp :rolleyes: )--

1) Guards Cpatian Krasov, attested 17.12.45 by 276th Artillery Brigade.

2) artillery Colonel Aleksandr Matveevich Yarov attested by 689th Howitzer Artillery Regiment (pre 1948)

3) very same fellow (and congratulations on two to the same person at different times :cheers: ), same rank, attested July 1952 by 10th Guards Mechanized Division.

Notice that Colonel Yarov has NOT updated his screwback Red Banner-- he has "hidden" it in second place under an EMPTY ribbon on his medal bar.

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