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This Red Banner (#201168) was awarded to Colonel Vasily Fyodorovich Smyshnikov, chief of the Smersh of the 4th Shock Army. Unfortunately the archive didn't have his award sheet or service record. I'm sure this is an interesting guy...

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Record card, reverse:

Translation:

Order booklet nr. 061515

1. Last name: Smyshnikov

2. First name and patronymic: Vasily Fyodorovich

3. Military rank: Guards Colonel

4. Sex: Male

5. Year of birth: 1905

6. Place of birth: Village of Blochnikovo, Byelorussian SSR

7. Party membership (since which year): Member of the VKP(b) since 1925

8. Education: Incomplete secondary

9. Nationality: Russian

10. Since which year in the Red Army: From 1922 to 1923 and since 1930

11. Place of service (name of unit) and duty position at the time of the awarding: Chief of the Smersh counterintelligence department, 4th Shock Army

12. Current Place of service and duty position: Deputy chief of the Smersh counterintelligence department of the Steppe Military District

13. Home address of the awardee: City of Almaty, Kalinin 118, apartment 15

14. Record of all awards presented:

- Order of the Badge of Honor #12892, order booklet nr. 061515 of 12 July 1940, Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, 1940

- Order of the Red Star #126634, , temporary certificate nr. 659608 of 19 February 1943, Order of the Kalinin Front [?] nr. 0336 of 31 March 1943

- Order of the Red Star #250478, temporary certificate nr. 1042508 of 11 September 1943, Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 7 August 1943

- Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class #40803, temporary certificate nr. B-805482 of 1 August 1944, Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 22 July 1944

- Order of the Red Star #920182, temporary certificate nr. 040420 of 1 December 1944, Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 3 November 1944 for long service

- Order of the Red Banner #201168, temporary certificate nr. D-612908 of 1 May 1945, Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 21 April 1945

- Medal for the Defense of Moscow, certificate nr. T-020942, Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 1 May 1944

- Medal for the Victory over Germany, certificate nr. E-0061975, Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 9 May 1945

Signature of the awardee: 136 last name

I confirm the correctness of the data and the signature of the awardee: Chief of the 3rd section of the personnel department of the Steppe Military District

Lieutenant Colonel [signature] /Tyushlyayev/

1 November 1945

Edited by Ferdinand

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Nice score on this research! Congratulations on researching this nice salty Red Banner! :beer:

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