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    Order of the Red Banner
    $5,950.00 Order of the Red Banner of Russian Federation, Type 1, #12702, circa early to mid-1920s. In very fine condition, absolutely extraordinary for the Soviet combat award of its vintage. The enamel is original, with no repairs and only minimal wear. The extended portions of the flagpole and torch are completely intact. Includes original serial numbered screw plate. This is one of the best examples of this decoration we have ever handled.

    $9,950.00 Large certificate for Honorary Revolutionary Weapon, a sword with the Order of the Red Banner of RSFSR inserted in the handle. One of only 21 Revolutionary Honor Edged Weapons ever issued.

    $750.00 Large certificate for Order of the Red Banner of RSFSR, issued on 4 November 1924 to Commander of the 172nd Rifle Regiment. Archivally mounted on linen and handsomely framed.

    $1,850.00 Order of the Red Banner, Type 1, Var. 2, Sub- var. 3 ("Mirror Reverse"), #13389, awarded in May 1940 to a reconnaissance officer for the storming of the Mannerheim Line during the Winter War against Finland. The recipient served with distinction throughout the rest of WW2 earning an Order of the Red Star at Stalingrad and two Orders of the Patriotic War 2nd cl., one for the crossing of the Dnieper in 1943 and another for the attack against Japan in 1945. The order is in good overall condition, with the usual enamel losses but never converted to suspension - very respectable for a Type 1 "Mirror Back" Red Banner. Includes original screw plate. Comes with comprehensive archival research.

    $2,200.00 Order of the Red Banner, Type 2, Var. 3, Sub-var. 1, #42211, with award document (order booklet), awarded to a T-34 tank driver. In May 1942, he fought so well in the Second Battle of Kharkov that he was recommended for an Order of Lenin. The award was downgraded by the command of the 21st Army to a Red Banner, still an uncommonly high decoration for an NCO, and it was bestowed in September 1942 by a Stalingrad Front decree. The order is a very uncommon specimen with sharply skewed mint mark. In good to fine overall condition, an attractive piece with a lot of combat character. Comes with archival research and English translation. This is a rare decoration to one of the unlikely survivors of the short and sharp battle that had turned out catastrophic for the Red Army.

    $995.00 Order of the Red Banner, Type 2, Var. 3, Sub-var. 1, #46539, awarded to a reconnaissance scout platoon commander for ambushing a Finnish recon detachment in no man's land in Karelia in April 1944. He personally killed 3 enemy scouts in the skirmish that resulted in total annihilation of the enemy group. The award is a very interesting late issue screw back that was customized to wear on suspension without completely removing the screw post. The obverse is in fine condition, free of enamel repairs. Comes with comprehensive archival research.

    $1,400.00 Order of the Red Banner, Type 2, Var. 3, Sub- var. 1, #68630, awarded to a deputy commander of a Mortar battery. In August 1942, he showed exceptional bravery and resolve when defending his position against the numerically superior enemy forces near the town of Belyov, on the first day of the German Wirbelwind offensive. The order is an interesting specimen with serial number at the upper limit for its sub-variation, 30 digits above the highest number recorded in the reference book "Order of the Red Banner" by Durov and Strekalov. An extremely attractive, completely unaltered piece in fine to very fine condition, much better than majority of screw back Red Banners. Comes with archival research.

    $1,400.00 Order of the Red Banner, Type 3, Var. 2 (Strekalov classification), so-called "Coat Hanger" Krasnokamsk Mint conversion from screw back, #63178. Awarded in November 1944 to a Quartermaster Colonel of the Leningrad Front. Comes with archival research. An extremely rare and desirable variation.

    $950.00 Order of the Red Banner, Type 4 Var. 1, #93650, with Award Document (order booklet) and a post-war Reserve Officer's Photo ID. Awarded in January 1944 to a navigator of a Pe-2 light bomber for highly effective missions flown in the second half of 1943 - many of them in the Battle of Kursk. On one of their most successful sorties, he and his crew attacked a railway station where they completely burned down a train of tank cars carrying 120 tons of fuel, destroyed a train loaded with German Army documents, killed 50 soldiers of the Vlasov's Russian Liberation Army that had just embarked on a troop train heading to Germany, and completely disrupted traffic on a major railway line. The order is a magnificent early example by the Krasnokamsk Mint, with characteristic details of the very first suspension type Red Banners, in superb condition. Comes with a copy of the award commendation.

    $340.00 Order of the Red Banner, Type 4, Var. 1, #183249, November 1944 length of service issue to a Red Army Colonel. The order is in outstanding condition - practically impossible to upgrade for a WW2 Red Banner. Comes with archival research and partial English translation.

    $260.00 Order of the Red Banner, Type 4, Var. 2, Sub-var. 2, #200678, awarded in November 1944 to a military commandant of one of the stations of a major railway line connecting Moscow area with the Kursk and Stalingrad regions. Although the award was issued for length of service, we can assume that the recipient served with distinction during the Battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, when this railroad played a vital role in carrying supplies and reinforcement to the combat zones. The order is in very fine condition. Comes with partial archival research.

    $230.00 Order of the Red Banner, Type 4, Var. 2, Sub-var. 3, #245262, circa 1945-46 issue. In very fine to excellent condition. An attractive piece practically free of noticeable flaws. Comes on a two-layer suspension in brass.

    $320.00 Order of the Red Banner, #285169, Type 4, Var. 1, circa late 1944 - early 1945 issue. In superb condition. Comes on original wartime suspension.

    $240.00 Order of the Red Banner, Type 5 Variation 1 ("Valik"), #336401, circa 1950. A distinctive and relatively scarce version. In excellent condition.

    $200.00 Order of the Red Banner Type 5, Var. 2, Sub-var. 2, #383321, circa 1952-53 issue. One of the less common post-war versions made by the Moscow Mint. In excellent condition.

    $5,800.00 Order of the Red Banner, 2nd award, Type 2, Var. 2 (screw back with Monetnyi Dvor mint mark), #1370, awarded in November 1942 to a Sergeant Major, a rear gunner / radio operator of a Pe-2 dive bomber of the Kalinin Front. By September 1942, he had completed a total of 151 combat missions, most of them for aerial reconnaissance. On one of his early missions of the war he shot down a German fighter with assistance of two other gunners of his bomber group. The fact that he was decorated with a Second Order of the Red Banner is an exceptionally rare case: almost all recipients of consecutive Red Banner awards were commissioned officers, not NCOs. The decoration itself is a beautiful early piece with some highly uncommon features. Comes with archival research.

    $6,500.00 Order of the Red Banner, 2nd award, Type 2, Var. 2 (Monetnyi Dvor screw back), #2395, August 1943 issue to a bomber pilot and commander of a night bomber regiment. He flew a total of 254 combat missions - many of them in support of the Soviet ground troops during the battle of Kursk. The order is fine to very fine condition, with minor repairs to enamel but never converted to suspension. Comes with comprehensive archival research and English translation.

    $950.00 Order of the Red Banner, 2nd award, Type 5, Var. 2, #22448, awarded in 1953 to an Air Force Colonel. In excellent condition. The recipient fought in the "Winter War" against Finland as a bomber pilot and served for most of the Patriotic War as chief navigation inspector with various fronts and military districts. Comes with archival research and a copy of recipient's WW2 order booklet which has a nice early photo of him.

    $2,250.00 Order of the Red Banner 3rd award, Type 5, Var. 1, Sub-var. 2 (Durov & Strekalov classification), #7165, circa early 1950s. This is a very scarce version of the 3rd Red Banner: only 500 specimens were ever produced. Excellent example.

    $5,800.00 Order of the Red Banner 4th Award, Type 5, Var. 1, #2058, awarded in 1952 to an Air Force Major General, a Hero of the Soviet Union who had earned a Hero Star in the 1939-40 Winter War against Finland. In 1937-38 he flew 113 combat missions on a TB bomber in the Spanish Civil War. In the early part of the Patriotic War he commanded a bomber regiment and took part in nearly all the major defensive battles including Leningrad, Polar Region, Moscow, Caucasus, and Stalingrad. He continued to fly combat sorties throughout the war to train and lead other pilots, and by the V-Day had added 73 combat missions to his already impressive pre-war tally. After the war, he continued to serve in the Air Force, graduated from the General Staff Academy and in 1953, took part in the purge of the Air Force of the Moscow District following the arrest of its commander Vasiliy Stalin (son of late Joseph Stalin.) Eventually he rose to an Air Corps commander and retired only in 1973 having the rank of Lieutenant General.
    The order is in excellent condition. Comes with archival research and copy of the article about the article about the recipient in the catalog "Heroes of the Soviet Union". A scarce fourth consecutive Red Banner award to an extremely interesting individual!

    $45.00 "The Order of the Red Banner" Durov, Strekalov, C. 2006, Moscow, Russian text. This landmark reference is a required reading for the serious collector of Soviet awards and is unlikely to be surpassed.

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