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Hello everyone,

I just received an example of the Mongolian "We Won" medal (aka Victory over Japan medal, aka "We have Conquered" medal) with matching document. I'm pretty poor with cyrillic handwriting; can anyone translate the name of the recipient and the others who signed it? Are the latter names of any significance?






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Had my Russian wife take a look for you.

The chap's name is

Bobrov, Nikifor Ivanovich


Bottom bit says,

Komandir 3rd tankovoi divizii

Tv. Polkovnik Nochin  (tank platoon colonel Nochin)


There is a posiibility that the Colonel's name is Kochin if he was a sloppy writer.


Nice document.





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15 hours ago, Bill Harris said:

Thank you, Jan (and thanks to your wife, too!). So nice to have a name to associate with this medal. He sounds Russian rather than Mongolian.



Our Pleasure... You are 100% correct, that fellow is very Russian which is  not uncommon for this medal.

Have a look at the  KKG photo thread. You'll see plenty of Russians, and others, with KKG badges and the We Won medal.






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Thanks again, Jan. That is a very interesting thread. It makes me wonder, what was the criteria for the award of the "We Won" medal to Soviet personnel? Was it simply service within a defined area during a defined period, or was it restricted to officers or members of certain units? Does anyone know?

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  • 3 weeks later...

Thanks to Auke De Vlieger, I have found out a bit more about this man.


Nikifor Ivanovich Bobrov (b. 1905). Served as a political officer and commissar during the Great Patriotic War. Conscripted in 1928, attended political officer course in 1935. Participated in the invasion of Poland in 1939. Appointed commissar for a tank battalion in 1940. Contused during tank battle at Brody in June 1941, participated in defence of Moscow in Oct.-Dec. 1941, then slightly wounded at Staraya Russa in Sept. 1942. Attended advanced political officer course at the Stalin Academy in 1942-43. Retuned to the front in 1943 and served as deputy commander for political affairs for the 252nd Tank Regiment (1943-44), 84th Guards Tank Regiment (1944-45) and 165th Tank and Self-Propelled Gun Regiment (1945-47). Served in the campaigns to capture (or “liberate”, depending on your perspective) Budapest, Prague and Vienna, and was severely wounded during the latter. After victory over Germany he served in Mongolia during the short war against Japan. Postwar, Bobrov served in a variety of political positions: Party Commission Secretary for special units of the 6th Guards Tank Army, commissar of an automobile depot and a district ordnance warehouse, and battalion commissar. He retired from the army in Nov. 1953 and lived in Kiev, where he worked as a personnel inspector at a cardboard factory. His date of death is unknown.


Bobrov’s awards included two Orders of the Red Star, the Order of the Patriotic War, two Orders of the Red Banner, the Order of Alexander Nevsky, the Order of Lenin, the medals for the Defence of Moscow, the Capture of Budapest, the Liberation of Prague, the Capture of Vienna, Victory over Germany, Victory over Japan and “The Defence of Mongolia” (this latter probably the Mongolian “We Won” medal).




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