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    "Badge of Distinction of the Military Order with the Cipher of Alexander I for the Veterans of Prussian Army", Dmitriy Peters.

    "Badge of Distinction of the Military Order with the Cipher of Alexander I for the Veterans of Prussian Army", Dmitriy Peters. C. 2005. Russian language. 8.5" x 6" 230 pages.

    This St. George decoration was established in 1839, to commemorate the construction of the monument at the sight of the 1812 Battle of Borodino. It was awarded exclusively to the surviving Prussian recipients of the Iron Cross who had fought against Napoleon in 1813-1815. The book is an all- encompassing research of this rare decoration.

    It includes complete listing of all 4263 awards issued, with serial number, name and rank of the recipient. In many cases the date when the cross was returned to the Russian Chancellery after the death of its recipient.

    Altogether 1765 crosses were eventually sent to the St. Petersburg mint and were melted down, and only 2499 remained in Prussia. There is also an excellent 20-page chapter on the historical background of this award, starting with the conception of the Order of St. George (Badge of Distinction of the Military Order, as it was called then) in 1807. It cites many interesting examples when the award was bestowed upon foreign citizens, even prior to the institution of St. George Cross specifically for the Prussians.

    The book contains several b/w photos of the early St. Georges as well the 1839 Cross for the Prussian allies. Shameless plug: the Cross featured on the cover was photographed and sold by us!


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