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Lieutenant General Shevtsov V.A.


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Just arrived - acquired because of the Mongolian connection. Any chance of interesting research or likely just long service awards? Anybody who recognizes the Ukranian booklet?

  • Documented Mongolian Red Combat Banner order nr 4597 from 1988
  • Documented Soviet Red Star Order nr 3696152, 16 February 1982
  • Documented Soviet Order Service to the Motherland nr 5228, 30 April 1975
  • Documented Bulgarian Medal to be identified
  • Booklet for some kind of Ukranian air force (?) award
  • And 3 award booklets for common Soviet jubilee medals

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Bob,

 

I was thinking about buying this lot myself. What a great acquisition!  
 

The Bulgarian medal is the Medal doe Service to the People’s Army of Bulgaria.  
 

The Ukrainian award is the Badge of the Air Defense Forces of Ukraine, basically the equivalent of the Soviet “PVO”.  The Ukrainians merged their PPO with the Air Force in 2004.  Interestingly, it shows the General continued his service into the Ukrainian military up to 1995 at least.  A great crossover group!


I look forward to whatever research this yields.

Cheers,

Will

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Thanks

I've also received very helpful feedback via PM and will share the key points (thanks to the person reaching out to me who wishes to remain anonymous)

1. No surprise: pics I posted above is not of the complete group. It's been cut into smaller pieces as it came on the market in the former USSR. Hopefully research will help clarify what the full picture is and fingers crossed on possibly reuniting some pieces.

2. Somebody who's seen broader versions of this group informed me that a key element of the group was a double awarding of the "Strengthening of Brotherhood in Arms" medal, the first dated early 1980s and the second 1990, if memory wasn't failing this person. That duo was sold separately somewhere along the line. Apparently, this double awarding was an extremely rare phenomenon because the medal was technically not supposed to be presented multiple times. 

3. While I will be pursuing research, I was informed that both Soviet orders are likely for "military and political training" with a chance that Shevtsov's international missions would be mentioned in the Red Star citation (although those wouldn't be the "reason" for the award).

4. Finally, as mentioned by Will, the Ukrainian badge is for Anti-Aircraft Forces (which included fighter units). Seems to be official or at least MoD approved.

 

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Another PM update

https://fb.ru/article/242587/general-armii-shevtsova-tatyana-viktorovna-foto-biografiya-semya-kontaktyi-nagradyi

Shevtsov's daughter is also a general in the army... interesting career:

- from tax service to army and appointed deputy minister of defense by Medvedev

- range of awards: Honored Economist, Order of Merit, Labour Valor medal, honorary diploma of state duma, 300 years st Petersburg medal, 65 years of the kaluga region medal, return of crimea medal, order of friendship, etc.

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Thanks to somebody helping me with this group I received scans of the award documents missing - somebody else must be lucky to have them in their collection. Perhaps a slim chance to reunite at some point.

This includes the double awarding of the Strengthening of Brotherhood in Arms medal.

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Citation for the Order of the Red Star

Order of the Red Star [stamped]

Red Banner of Labor [stamped, crossed out]

 

OdVO [Odessa Military District]

 

Citation

 

 

1. Last Name, Name, Patronymic: SHEVTSOV Viktor Afanasevich

2. Rank: Major-General of Artillery since 1 November 1980

3. Position, Unit: Commander of Air Defense for the Odessa Military District, since May 1980

Recommended for: the Order of the Red Banner of Labor

4. Year of Brith: 1937

5. Nationality: Russian

6. Party Membership: Member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union since 1961

7. Participation in Armed Conflicts in Defense of the USSR or in the Great Patriotic War:

has not participated

8. Wounds and concussions suffered during the Patriotic War: none

9. In the Armed Forces of the USSR since: since 1 October 1955

10. Conscripted by which District Military Commissariat: Stanichno-Lugansk District Military Commissariat, Lugansk Oblast

11. Previously awarded: the Order “For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR” 3rd Class in 1975, and 7 anniversary and long-service medals

12. Home address of the prospective awardee: Odessa, Segedskaya ulitsa 1, apt. 93

 

Concise, concrete, description of feat of arms or merit

 

Major-General of Artillery Shevtsov V. A. has occupied his present position since May 1980. Before this, for the period of a year of a year, he was Chief of Air Defense Forces of the Ural Military District, where

the units and formations under his command scored well in military and political training.

 

During his period of service in the [Odessa] district, he has proven himself a knowledgable, industrious and efficient general. He is well-versed in the aerial assault methods of probable enemies and in the combat deployment of Air Defense Forces for various types of battles. In resolving practical tasks, he is principled, full of initiative, and indefatigable.

 

The condition of military and political training of the units and formations of the Air Defense Forces under his command are [sic] rated “good” for 1980-1981 instructional years. Four brigades carried out combat gunnery drills on the State testing range with excellent scores, and a fifth brigade with good scores.

 

The state of personnel discipline within the Air Defense Forces is adequate. Internal order is per regulations. Weapons and equipment are serviceable and ready for combat use. There have not been any breaches of operational readiness.

 

He is devoted to the CPSU and the Socialist Motherland.

 

CONCLUSION: For high marks in military and political training, he deserves to be awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor. Reviewed and approved at the Military Council of the District, 22 October 1981, protocol 15.

 

Commander of the Odessa Military District

Colonel-General I. Voloshin [signed & stamped]

 

22 October 1981

Conclusion of Superiors

 

 

He deserves to be awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.

 

Supreme Commander of Air Defense Forces

Marshal of Aviation A. Koldunov [signed]

 

[stamped: Personnel Department of the Air Defense Forces]

 

 

4 November 1981

Awarding material reviewed at the meeting of the Military Council of National Air Defense Forces.

And for his Order of Service to the Motherland

Citation

 

 

1. Last Name, Name, Patronymic: SHEVTSOV Viktor Afanasevich

2. Rank: Lieutenant-Colonel

3. Position, Unit: Commander of the 140th Surface-Air Missile Brigade, Northern Group of Forces, since 11 October 1974

Recommended for: the Order “For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR” 3rd Class

4. Year of Brith: 1937

5. Nationality: Russian

6. Party Membership: Member of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union

7. Participation in Armed Conflicts in Defense of the USSR or in the Great Patriotic War:

has not participated

8. Wounds and concussions suffered during the Patriotic War: none

9. In the Armed Forces of the USSR since: since 1 October 1955

10. Conscripted by which District Military Commissariat: Stanichno-Lugansk District Military Commissariat, Lugansk Oblast

11. Previously awarded: not awarded

12. Home address of the prospective awardee: military unit field-post 93293

 

 

Concise, concrete, description of feat of arms or merit

 

He is a knowledgable, disciplined, demanding officer.

 

He is scrupulous in the performance of his official duties.

 

He is well-versed in the brigade’s equipment and weaponry and their combat use. During tactical exercises with the brigade, he proved himself a seasoned commander.

 

He leads the brigade’s staff with skill and expertise. He devotes great attention to matters of combat readiness, daily personnel training, and the strengthening of military discipline.

 

Per the results of military and political training for the 1974 instructional year, the brigade received a good evaluation.

 

He is responsive and attentive to request and needs of subordinates. He enjoys their professional confidence.

 

He is ideologically firm. In everyday life, he is modest.

CONCLUSION: For scrupulous performance of his official duties, he deserves to be awarded the Order “For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR” 3rd Class.

 

 

Commander of the Air Defense for the Northern Group of Forces

Major-General Rodsky [signed]

 

[stamped: Personnel Department of the Northern Group of Forces]

 

29 March 1975

 

 

 

[page 2]

 

Conclusion of Superiors

 

 

For scrupulous performance of his official duties, he deserves to be awarded the Order “For Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR” 3rd Class.

 

Reviewed and approved by the Military Council of the Northern Group of Forces, protocol №[illegible] of 30 March 1975.

 

Commander of the Northern Group of Forces

Colonel-General I. Gerasimov [signed & stamped]

 

30 March 1975

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