Soviet Order of Alexander Nevsky #21084
Awarded to Captain Nikolaj Georgievich Ershov (Николай Георгиевич Ершов)
Made of solid silver and enamels. It measures 51.22 mm in height, 50.47 mm in width and weighs 38.2 gram. The serial number and the mint mark Monetni Dvor are located at the 6 o’clock position underneath the screw.
This original order of Alexander Nevsky is in pristine, near mint condition with all details crisp. Even the higher laying parts on the obverse show no wear and the red enamel is flawless. The center medallion has its original prooflike shine like it was minted yesterday. The screw has not been shortened and there have been no repairs. It comes with its time period silver screwplate.
This piece is of the highest quality we have seen in years and maybe even the best we have handled up to date!
Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:
“The division received combat objective to advance in the direction of mountain Zaruba. For the division, it was a new and unexplored sector. Comrade Ershov occupied the role of an intelligence officer at the headquarters of the horse driven artillery squadron. He applied all his effort and skills to the task of uncovering the enemy defence system and spotting enemy firing positions.
On the day of 10 November 1944, the hill Zaruba was taken over by our rifle units and the immediate objective was to gain a foothold on the hill. Comrade Ershov was given an order to arrange for and deploy on the hill six 45mm guns, two 76mm regiment guns, one 76mm divisional gun. The objective was to deliver direct fire at the hill 494 flanking our positions. There was no road to the hilltop, only a foot path with steep incline. The artillery pieces were deployed on the hill Zaruba by the morning 12 November and started delivering fire in the given direction. Later during the early morning, comrade Ershov was wounded. He left the battlefield only after the organisation of the artillery units was over and the complete fulfilment of the combat objective.
Comrade Ershov is worthy of the order of the Red Banner”
The full translation can be found here
More info about Captain Ershov can be found here