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Soviet Medal of Nakhimov #2594


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Soviet Medal of Nakhimov #2594


Василий Федотович Олефир


To Boatswain Vasilij Fedotovich Olefir (Василий Федотович Олефир) on torpedo speedboat №37


For spotting and reporting 3 enemy boats and a speed barge which allowed the Commander to undertake necessary interception action in time and capture the enemy vessels



Made of gold plated brass. It measures 36.07 mm in width, 44.54 mm in height and weighs 20.7 gram without its suspension. Featuring admiral Nakhimov surrounded by 110 ‘pearls’. The serial number, “2594”, is stamped on the side of the medal. The minimum known serial number for this (sub)variation is 1627 and the maximum is 5855.  


This Medal of Nakhimov is in a worn but decent condition. There are several dings and scratches on both sides and the higher laying parts show medium wear. Most details however are still visible. The top part containing the eyelet might have been reattached at some point but we can’t say this for sure. The medal comes with a double layer brass suspension.


Desirable and scarce award!



Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or accomplishments:

In the landing operation on the island Bornholm conducted on 09 May 1945, he was the first to spot and report to the Commander on 3 enemy boats and a speed barge. This allowed the Commander to undertake necessary interception action in time and capture the enemy vessels.

During the disembarkment of the landing party on the island, he provided prompt unloading of the ammunition supplies, which assisted rapid capture of the Rønne sea port.

For courage, bravery, and steadfastness, exhibited in the struggle against the German-Fascist invaders, comrade OLEFIR deserves state award – medal “USHAKOV”.


The full translation of the citation can be read here


More info on Boatswain Olefir can be found here



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