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Order of the Red Banner

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.

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.

Order of the Red Banner, Type 4 Var. 1, #88397, awarded in September 1943 to a Major General, Chief of the Supply Train Service of the Main Engineering Agency of the Red Army. A very interesting recipient: he took part in the First Russian Revolution of 1905, joined the Bolshevik Party in 1905, and played an active and important role in the Russian Civil War. Unlike many other Soviet military and political leaders, he not only survived the Great Purge, but was decorated with an Order of Lenin in 1939. The Order of the Red Banner was bestowed on him for his contribution to supplying the Red Army troops by wagon trains and for setting up new production centers for that purpose after their evacuation into the Soviet interior in the early part of the Patriotic War. The award is in superb condition - literally cannot be upgraded. Comes with archival research.

Order of the Red Banner, Type 4, Var. 1, #160513, circa late 1944 issue. Attractive WW2 example in very fine condition, free of any glaring flaws. Includes original wartime suspension.

Order of the Red Banner, Type 4, Var. 2, Sub-var. 2, #215276, circa early 1945 issue. In superb condition and includes original suspension with immaculately preserved old ribbon. This is a truly exceptional wartime example, literally impossible to upgrade for condition.

Order of the Red Banner, Type 5, Var. 2, Sub-var. 3 (Strekalov classification), #449924, circa 1955 issue. This specimen from the relatively uncommon Moscow Mint series has a serial number near the top of its range, above the highest number mentioned in the reference book The Order of the Red Banner. In outstanding condition.

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.

Order of the Red Banner, 2nd award, Type 2, Var. 2, Sub-var. 1, #1596, awarded in March 1943 to the Deputy Chief of the Bryansk Regional Partisan Command. A career NKVD officer in the pre-war years, the recipient was one of the key people credited for saving the city of Tula from falling into enemy hands during the Battle of Moscow. In 1942, he greatly distinguished himself by organizing large- scale sabotage operations in the German rear in the forests near Bryansk - at the time, the key area of operations of the up-and-coming Soviet partisan movement - and in the Kursk Region. His leadership directly contributed to the great expansion of partisan activities: in just the period from August - first third of October 1942, the partisans of Bryansk Region derailed 121 railway freight trains, blew up 2 armored trains, destroyed 45 German tanks and huge number of other vehicles and weapons, and killed nearly 18000 enemy soldiers. Soon after being awarded with the Second Red Banner for his role in partisan warfare, he was promoted to Major General. In 1944, he was decorated with an Order of Kutuzov 2nd cl. for his work as Deputy Chief of the Soviet liaison team with the Tito's communist partisans in Yugoslavia. In the second half of the 1940s decade, he got appointed to top positions in the NKVD of Moldavia and Ukraine, and for two years was the Minister of Internal Affairs of Kabardino-Balkar Autonomous Republic. He was made an Honor Citizen of Tula and Bryansk; had a street named after him in the city of Tula; and in 2016, posthumously received the Title of Hero of Russian Federation.
The order has been converted to a suspension to comply with post-1943 regulations and then restored to its original screw back appearance, but it is nevertheless still an attractive original piece with well-preserved enamel. Comes with archival research. A rare award to an extraordinary individual.

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.

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!