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Order of the Patriotic War

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 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 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.

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