"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"
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!