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    TOP Soviet Military Orders
    $49,000.00 Order of Nakhimov, 2nd cl., #162, bestowed in August 1945 upon a submarine officer of the Black Sea Fleet as retroactive award for his submarine service in 1941-42. At that time, the recipient was deputy political commander of the 1st Sevastopol Submarine Brigade, Black Sea Fleet, and took part in sinking of two enemy vessels (one of which was the infamous Romanian ship Struma carrying Jewish refugees.) He also distinguished himself while serving in the same capacity in the defense of Sevastopol and Novorossiysk.

    With just 471 ever bestowed, the Order of Nakhimov 2nd cl. is one of the hardest to find Soviet awards - and also one of the most beautiful. Only 28 of them were issued to submariners. This extraordinary piece is in very fine condition. Comes with a copy of the award recommendation and wartime service record.

    $14,600.00 Documented Group of Two: Order of Suvorov 3rd cl. #3143 and Order of Kutuzov 3rd cl. #7717 (rare version with serial number and mint mark at 6 o'clock), with the order booklet. Awarded to a rifle battalion commander. He was the first to cross the Bug River (marking the Soviet western frontier) in August 1944, and led an assault that carried three fortified German lines during the January 1945 offensive in Poland. For the former feat, he was recommended for the Title of Hero of the Soviet Union, but received "just" the Kutuzov 3rd cl. Both awards are in excellent condition. The group includes comprehensive archival research and English translation.

    $4,200.00 Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky 3rd cl., Type 1 (with separate center medallion), #1266, with order booklet, awarded in March 1944 to a Guards Rifle Battalion Commander. The decoration was bestowed for clearing villages on the east and west banks of the Dnieper in several audacious infantry assaults that inflicted extremely heavy losses on the Germans. This extraordinary soldier was wounded in combat five times, and later in the war was made a Hero of the Soviet Union for breaking through fortified German defense line during the Vistula - Oder offensive. The order is in superb condition, practically impossible to upgrade condition-wise. Comes with massive amount of archival research and English translation.

    $2,300.00 Order of Alexander Nevsky, Type 1 Var. 3 suspension converted to screw back by its recipient to comply with the post-1943 regulations, #12836. Awarded in August 1944 to a courageous artillery officer for destroying German tanks, artillery pieces and infantry, and repelling 8 counter-attacks near Lvov. In good overall condition, an attractive example despite partially restored enamel. Comes with complete archival research.

    $1,400.00 Order of Alexander Nevsky, Type 2, #5905, awarded to a reconnaissance platoon commander for courage and leadership during the July 1944 offensive in Estonia. He found locations of many enemy weapon emplacements thus helping to destroy them and making possible a breakthrough on the Narva River, and led a recon detachment that boldly attacked and destroyed a numerically superior enemy force. Enamel restored on two of the arms, fair to good overall condition. Comes with archival research and English translation.

    $3,200.00 Order of Alexander Nevsky, Type 2 (riveted construction), #9822, awarded in August 1944 to a tank battalion commander. He and his battalion inflicted heavy losses on the enemy and made a decisive contribution to the capture of the city of Polotsk in Belorussia during the Soviet Bagration offensive. In addition to the Order of Alexander Nevsky, this heroic tanker also earned Order of Suvorov 3rd cl. (#2947), three Orders of the Red Banner and a number of other decorations. The Nevsky is an extremely attractive piece in very fine to excellent condition - among the best Type 2 Nevskys we have seen. Comes with archival research.

    $2,700.00 Complete Documented Group of 3 Awards: Order of Alexander Nevsky, Medal for Valor and Medal for Victory over Germany. The Nevsky is an extremely scarce version with serial number 12229 engraved at 5 o'clock. All three decorations are in near mint condition; the Nevsky in particular is literally impossible to upgrade condition-wise. The recipient, an Infantry platoon commander, had been wounded in combat four times and incapacitated by the end of the war. Comes with archival research and translation.

    $1,100.00 Order of Alexander Nevsky, Type 3, #17974, circa 1944. A relatively scarce sub-variation of an early "Deep Dish" Type 3 with a small, slightly curved down mint mark located near the bottom of the reverse. Enamel and gilt professionally restored. Good overall condition.

    $1,600.00 Order of Alexander Nevsky, Type 3 "Deep Dish" variation, #21795, awarded in February 1945 to commander of an illustrious infantry regiment for a series of offensive actions in Hungary and Czechoslovakia. His unit was the first to break into several major cities including Debrecen - for which it was given an honorific title of "Debretsenskiy". It is interesting to see that the award recommendation which was originally for a Red Banner - technically a higher decoration - resulted in a bestowal of Order of Alexander Nevsky. The order is in very fine to excellent condition. Comes with comprehensive archival research and full English translation.

    $1,975.00 Order of Alexander Nevsky, Type 3, "Deep Dish" version, #30751, awarded in April 1945 to an Azeri national, a commander of a tank-borne Guards rifle company with the 6th Guards Tank Army. Riding on top of American-made Sherman tanks, he and his men stormed several villages in western Hungary during the offensive to Vienna and inflicted severe losses on the SS troops that confronted them. The badge is a beautiful and uncommon piece featuring deep counter-relief of the star and distinctive "shadow" of the starburst on the reverse. It is in excellent condition and includes original silver screw plate. Comes with a very interesting award commendation that specifically mentions fighting against SS troops.

    $1,250.00 Order for Service to the Homeland, 3rd cl., #0794, awarded in 1975 to Commander of a Guards Spy Airplane Regiment of the Soviet Pacific Fleet. The award was bestowed for excellent leadership over his unit and as well as reconnaissance missions he flew himself over the Indian and Pacific Oceans in 1973-75, during the last phase of the Vietnam War. The order is one of the first awarded immediately after the institution of this decoration in 1974. A very scarce early version, it has characteristic file marks to the tips of the arms on the reverse and no counter-relief; only a few hundred specimens have these features. In very fine to excellent condition. Comes with archival research.

    $1,100.00 Order for Service to the Homeland in the Soviet Armed Forces, 3rd cl., #80445, awarded in May 1987 to a navigator of an AN- 12 transport airplane for exemplary service in Afghanistan. He took part in combat operations in many areas including Khost, Herat, Kunduz and Kandahar. On at least one occasion, he saved his crew and machine by detecting a rocket fired at his airplane upon takeoff and directing the evasive countermeasures. The order is in near mint condition. Comes with a photocopy of the award record card and award recommendation.

    $395.00 Order for Service to the Homeland in the Soviet Armed Forces, 3rd class, #137730. In very fine to excellent condition.

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