Soviet Order of Alexander Nevsky #40864
Awarded to Guards Captain Mikhail Trofimovich Voles (Михаил Трофимович Волес)
For personally eliminating 20 enemies with the machine-gun fire and 10 more in a melee fight with his hand weapon and grenades
Made of solid silver and enamels. It measures 51.06 mm in height, 49.72 mm in width and weighs 40.0 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 excellent condition with all details crisp and much gold plating present. Even the higher laying parts on the obverse show little wear and the red enamel is without chipping and flaking. The screw has not been shortened and there have been no repairs. It comes with its time period silver screwplate.
This Order of Nevsky has it all; great research and in excellent condition!
Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:
“Comrade VOLES exhibited exceptional courage, bravery, and military skill during the enemy strong defence breakthrough near Székesfehérvár on 19 March 1945. As the result of a flanking manoeuvre and a decisive attack, comrade VOLES was the first to reach the outskirts of the town and pushed the enemy from their positions. Having lost the advantageous position, the enemy used reinforcements and attacked the company three times.
With great losses, the enemy nonetheless managed to breakthrough on the left flank and cut of the commanders post from the rest of the company. Comrade VOLES personally assumed machine-gunner position and fired point blank at the pushing forward Hitlerites. Having eliminated a large group of Hitlerites, comrade VOLES managed to reunite with his company.
Despite shortage of troops, he repelled three large attacks by a superior enemy force. No ground was given and large casualties were inflicted upon the enemy. On the day of this battle, his company destroyed 10 machine-guns and up to 200 enemy troops. 15 German soldiers were taken prisoner and an artillery depot captured. Personally, comrade VOLES eliminated 20 enemies with the machine-gun fire and 10 more in a melee fight with his hand weapon and grenades.”
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