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St George Cross for Bravery, 4th class, #630497, awarded in 1915 to Corporal Mikhail Tolmachev, 12th Velikolukskiy Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division, 17th Army Corps, Southwestern Front.

The name of the recipient, brief citation and serial number of the award are shown in the Vol. X of the Combined Listings of the Recipients of the St. George Cross, 1914-1922 by S. B. Patrikeev.

In silver, measures 40.9 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 33.8 mm in width; weighs 11.1 g. The serial number is stamped in standard manner on the horizontal arms.

In outstanding, excellent condition. The details of the center medallion are exceptionally well preserved and crisp, nearly pristine. The arms are likewise free of any wear visible without magnification with the ex

The name of the recipient, brief citation and serial number of the award are shown in the Vol. X of the Combined Listings of the Recipients of the St. George Cross, 1914-1922 by S. B. Patrikeev.

In silver, measures 40.9 mm in height (incl. eyelet), 33.8 mm in width; weighs 11.1 g. The serial number is stamped in standard manner on the horizontal arms.

In outstanding, excellent condition. The details of the center medallion are exceptionally well preserved and crisp, nearly pristine. The arms are likewise free of any wear visible without magnification with the exception of a barely noticeable bump to the reverse on the right tip of the lower arm. Very attractive even toning to silver throughout. Overall, a superb piece, nearly impossible to upgrade condition- wise.

Corporal Tolmachev's 12th Velikolukskiy (i.e. "Of the [town] of Velikie Luki") Infantry Regiment was a very illustrious unit. It was formed in 1811 just before the Napoleon's invasion of Russia and took part in the Battle of Leipzig in 1813. It distinguished itself in storming Warsaw in 1831 and subsequently all of its servicemen would wear a special honor scroll commemorating the event on their full-dress headgear. It also performed exceptionally well in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877-78 for which it was awarded with a St. George banner.

During the Great War, the regiment was a part of the 2nd Brigade of the 3rd Infantry Division, 17th Army Corps, Southwestern Front (army group). In the first year of the war, it shifted between several armies of the Southwestern Front facing mostly the Austro-Hungarian troops in Galicia and Carpathians. Following some bloody but ultimately unsuccessful Russian offensives in the first half of 1915 and the loss of Lvov (Lemberg), the regiment joined the 8th Army, then under the command of General Brusilov (who would become famous the next year after the Brusilov breakthrough).

Corp. Tolmachev distinguished himself in combat against the Germans on 24 September 1915 when his unit was deployed near the town of Dubno in Volhynia (Volyn) region of western Ukraine. The specifics are unknown as the terse award citation only mentions the date of action and his "distinction in battle". It is clear however that the fighting was particularly fierce on that day judging by the fact that several other servicemen of the 12th Regiment were awarded with a St. George Cross for the same action.
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