Order of the Patriotic War
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Order of the Patriotic War 1st cl., Type 2 Var. 2, #302876, awarded posthumously in November 1943 to an infantry platoon commander. In four days of fighting in eastern Belorussia during the previous month, he with his platoon repelled 7 German counterattacks, personally killed 30 enemy soldiers, and was himself killed while leading an infantry assault and shouting "Forward for Stalin!". The decoration was given for safekeeping to his widow long after the war and is in near mint condition. Before his last battle, this valiant soldier was recommended for a Hero Star for his actions in the Battle of Kursk, but instead received an Order of the Red Banner. Comes with archival research.
Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd cl., Type 1, Var. 3, #19613, awarded in June 1943 to a military topographer of the Southwestern Front for his contribution in building fortified defense lines. A highly unusual award recommendation! The order has not been re-converted and includes complete original suspension device. In fine overall condition, an attractive piece despite some enamel damage and repair. Comes with archival research.
Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd cl., Type 2 "Starback", #41915, circa mid- to late-1943. Very uncommon early screw back issue by the Krasnokamsk Mint. In very fine to excellent condition.
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, Type 2, "Starback" variation, #344641. This late-war piece manufactured by Krasnokamsk Mint features faint pentagon "star" counter-relief. Awarded in May 1945 to a Lt. Col. of Long-Range Aviation, a veteran of the Winter War, Stalingrad, and Berlin. In very fine condition. Comes with archival research.
Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd cl., Type 2 "Flatback" variation (Krasnokamsk Mint), #509339, c. early 1945. In outstanding condition.
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd cl., Type 2 "Flat Reverse" version, #830619, bestowed in Nov. 1944 but issued post-war to a Quartermaster Captain for a daring nighttime raid to steal fuel from the main train station in German-occupied Vilnius, capital of Lithuania. He received a second Order of the Patriotic War 2nd cl. in 1945 for a "special government mission" to appropriate Germany's industrial base for the USSR's reconstruction. The award is in very fine to excellent condition. Comes with archival research.
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd cl., Type 2, "flat reverse" Leningrad Mint variation, #880029, awarded to an anti-aircraft gunner severely wounded in early 1942 during the Battle of Moscow while denying air support to Germans trapped in the Sukhinichi Pocket. Comes with archival research.
Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd cl, Type 2 "Small" variation, #590825, circa late 1944 - early 1945 issue. A distinct and uncommon version in very fine condition.
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd cl., Type 2, #664519, very scarce MZPP version, #664519 awarded to a Sergeant of 2nd Guards Cavalry Corps, 1st Belorussian Front, for the final campaigns in Germany. The order is in very fine to excellent condition. Comes with archival research.
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd cl., Type 3, #1814232, 1985 issue. Variation with a depression around the screw post. In superb condition - practically impossible to upgrade.
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd cl., Type 3, #6540243, with a document and original issue box, 1989. A very uncommon special issue to a foreigner, apparently a Czech national. The document has facsimile signature of Mikhail Gorbachev and differs in many other details from the common 1985 version. The award and order booklet are in near mint condition.