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This very nice Red Banner (S/N 107213) was originally on a 5-sided suspension, but has been converted to screwback. It was awarded on 29 April 1944 to Senior Lieutenant Ivan Ivanovich Mamoshin. I'm guessing the conversion was done by the recipient, perhaps to match his other screwback awards, or maybe he did not want to wear his (only) order dangling from a piece of cloth. The modification is pretty obvious, so I don't think it was done by a seller to deceive, and I doubt it increases the value much. In any case, it is pretty neatly done.

Sr. Lt. Mamoshin went MIA (propal bez vesti) on 4 February 1945 and was declared dead on 25 March 1945 (I think, because one of his service records gives this date as "pogib v boyu").

Mamoshin also received a Red Star on 31 August 1944 and a Nevsky on 9 March 1945 (so posthumously).

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Here is his wartime record card. Because he died in combat, no other record card was written up after the war.

Translation:

Record card

Last name: Mamoshin

First name: Ivan

Patronymic: Ivanovich

Rank: Senior Lieutenant

Duty position and unit: Deputy battalion commander in the 69th Mechanized Brigade

Awarded:

- Order of the Red Banner - By Order nr. 066/N of 29 April 1944 - For combat with the German invaders

Home address: 3rd Guards Tank Army, 1st Ukrainian Front

Personal particulars

1. Year of birth: 1913

2. Place of birth:

3. Party membership and period: Not a member

4. Nationality: Russian

5. Period of service in the Red Army:

6. Awarding data is located in file nr.:

Awards presented:

- Order of the Red Banner - Nr. 107213 - Temporary certificate nr. V-046946

The rest after dinner. :cheers:

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And the reverse:

Translation:

Award sheet

1. Last name, first name, patronymic: Mamoshin, Ivan Ivanovich

2. Rank: Senior Lieutenant

3. Duty position, unit: Deputy commander for combat affairs of the 2nd Motorized Rifle Battalion, 69th Mechanized Brigade, 9th Mechanized Corps

Recommended for: Order of the Red Banner

4. Year of birth: 1913

5. Nationality: Russian

6. Party membership: Not a member

7. Participation in the Civil War, the following combat actions for the defense of the USSR, and the Patriotic War: Krim Front from 1 September to 10 November 1941, Northcaucasian Front from 5 June 1942 to 10 August 1942, 1st Ukrainian Front from 20 November 1943

8. Suffered wounds and contusions in the Patriotic War: No

9. Since when in the Red Army: Since February 1940

10. Drafted by which RVK: Sevastopol RVK

11. Which earlier awards (for which merits): Not awarded

12. Permanent home address of the recommendee and the address of his family: City of Chkalov, Soviet Street, house 17, apartment 36 (wife: Klavdia Ivanovna Mamoshina)

Short, concrete description of personal combat feat or merits:

As deputy battalion commander, comrade Mamoshin showed himself a courageous, brave, and decisive commander during the entire period of combat. During the fighting for the town of Bazalia on 5 March 1944, comrade Mamoshin, located with the 1st Rifle Company, ordered the company forward, and was the first to burst into the town of Bazalia, killing up to a platoon of enemy soldiers in the process. Commanding the foremost detachment during the fighting for the town of Kupel on 8 March 1944, comrade Mamoshin inspired the men by personal example, and through an assault with the foremost detachment captured the southern outskirts of the town of Kupel, hereby killing up to 30 enemy soldiers and officers and neutralizing three firing points. Comrade Mamoshin deserves the state award "Order of the Red Banner".

Commander of the 2nd Mechanized Rifle Battalion

Senior Lieutenant [signature] /Kozak/

10 March 1944

Deserves the state award "Order of the Red Banner".

Commander of the 69th Mechanized Brigade

Hero of the Soviet Union

Guards Colonel [signature] /Sukhovarov/

17 March 1944

I recommend him for the state award "Order of the Red Banner".

Commander of the 9th Mechanized Red Banner Kiev Zhitomir Corps

Guards Lieutenant General [signature] /Sukhov/

19 April 1944

Is to be awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

Commander of 3rd Guards Tank Army

Guards Colonel General [signature] /Rybalko/

Member of the Military Counsil of the army

Guards Major General of Tank Troops [signature] /Melnikov/

29 April 1944

Edited by Ferdinand

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Reverse:

It mentions that from August to October 1942 he was encircled near Rostov and then spent some months in an NKVD camp. Also in 1942, his party membership was revoked (coincidence?).

Mamoshin was born in Sevastopol on 19 January 1913, married, and party member since 1932. He was at the front since September 1941 and was a Senior Lieutenant since 21 June 1943.

Edited by Ferdinand

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And reverse:

According to this he was born on 6 January. He was severely wounded on 30 March 1944.

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And a list of officer casualties of the 69th Mechanized Brigade. Mamoshin is the only loss on 4 February 1945:

So, as deputy commander for combat affairs of the 2nd Rifle Battalion of the 69th Mechanized Brigade, he was wounded in Western Ukraine on 30 March 1944. After that, he spent four months in a hospital, and in that period he was awarded his Red Banner. This was his first award. In July 1944 Mamoshin became the first adjutant of the 1st Motorized Rifle Battalion of the 69th Mechanized Brigade. On 31 August he received a Red Star. Mamoshin was killed in action in February 1945. On 9 March 1945 he was posthumously awarded an Order of Aleksandr Nevsky.

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What a terrible hard luck story-- everything that COULD have happened bad to the poor guy , DID happen.

There is only one way I can think of that HE went missing in action but his Order is still above ground--

somebody, sometime, took it off his body. :(

A German at the scene?

Or a grave-robbing ghoul?

(Some MORON cleaned out the pockets of my Swedish great-uncle, killed in France with the Australian army in 1918, and neatly sent all his identification back to "Oz," where the papers sit in the National Archives-- and his body was "lost." :banger: )

Edited by Rick Research

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Somebody, sometime, took it off his body. sad.gif

A German at the scene?

Or a grave-robbing ghoul?

Most probably Germans.

I have the same Order for a pilot who went MIA in 43.

If it was from the grave/ground, the condition of the award would be quite different.

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