Soviet Order for Service to the Homeland in the Armed Forces of the USSR 3rd class #4542
Rare and desirable ‘mirror reverse’ variation with only apx 5000 produced
Awarded to Colonel Pyotr Danilovich Shevchenko (Петр Данилович Шевченко)
Made of silver and enamels. Measurements; 57.67 mm in width; 57.36 mm in height and weighs 62.6 gram. The mint mark “Monjetnij dvor” is located above the screw post in one curved line and the serial number “4542” is positioned at the bottom of its reverse. The rays on front of the medal, behind the anchor and wings, are also seen at its backside; hence the term ‘mirror reverse’ variation. Only apx 5000 of these were struck.¹
This original order is in excellent condition with all details crisp. The blue and white enamels are flawless and there are few dings or scratches. There have been no repairs and the screw has not been shortened. Both sides show an appealing dark patina.
Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:
“He has serving in his current position since October 31, 1972 (Order of Red Banner Far Eastern Military District nr. 0514).
Colonel P.D. Shevchenko is an exceptionally conscientious and disciplined officer. He was actively involved in the Great Patriotic War. For the bravery he displayed in combat with the German-fascist invaders he was awarded the Order of the Red Star in 1944.
In 1944, serving as battery commander in the 431st Independent Antitank Artillery Battalion during the defensive battles in the Crimea, he was severely wounded in both legs and his head.
At the present time Colonel P.D. Shevchenko, who deeply respects and upholds the military traditions of the Soviet Army, skillfully trains and teaches the artillery and missile units.
Owing to his profound knowledge and extensive experience, excellent results were achieved in military and political training in 1974-1975.”
A beautiful and rare piece. Hard to find!
Full translation of the research can be found here: Translation_Shevchenko
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