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I don't normally collect Soviet groups, but when I do...

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I haven't bought a Soviet medal group in ages. I don't really collect these anymore, even though I owned several hundred over the years (I started collecting Soviet medals in 1992...) Anyway, I saw this one on eBay and ended up being the only bidder (it wasn't bargain priced, but still...) In all the groups I've owned, very few (less than 10) have had the amount of random paper this one has (and that I like!) There are a plethora of ID cards, booklets, and other documents, to include his death certificate, for both he and his wife. They never had children, so I'm assuming she passed on and the group was sold from there. 

I don't know if this group has been in the collecting world before as it's simply pristine...to include having homemade cardboard washers under the screwback disks on the orders and Guards badge! One of the things I really liked about the group is that the bar he's wearing in the photo is the exact bar in the group and the Red Star has the enamel on the one arm broken in the photo! 

I just got this group in last night and still have yet to get around to translating it, but it appears he served in the Red Army from 1936 through the end of the war, and was then a Major in the reserves. He was born in 1910 (his wife in 1915) and he passed away in 1988. 

Just goes to show good stuff is still out there!!!

There are 27 photos to be posted...so enjoy!

Dave

 

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Correction...now that I looked at the photos...he joined the Red Army in 1932! 

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Very, very nice and complete group! You don't see them around too often with all the paperwork this group has. :beer:

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Wow!! This is rare!  I am glad that you were the winner.  Groups dont really come like this anymore!  Congrats.  What can you tell us about his service?

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Fantastic group - congratulations :-)

It is interesting, to find out, why he never got the "Medal for Combat Service" for 10 years in service. 

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Interesting! The whole life of a man in front of you... 

Edited by Egorka

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Were you able to get any of those documents translated?

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28 minutes ago, Bill Garvy said:

No, I have not. . .

Congratulations on scoring this really cool lot.  When you get around to it, we'd love to see some of the highlights. 

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Posted (edited)

Nice one. The gentelmen was from Belarus. He was a political officer (politruk) of his company of soldiers. He was aslo an assistant to the company's commander as well. Looks like he ended his military service in the rank of a captain. His wife's info is included as well (including his death certificate). It's interesting that one of his documents states that he was an agitator (political agitator?) of his regiment from 1943-45:-)

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Really nice catch, congrats

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