Soviet Order of Glory 2nd class #17592



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Order of Glory 2nd class #17592 (thin variation)


Awarded to Sergeant Mark Alekseevich Goncharov (Марк Алексеевич Гончаров)


For his valor and bravery in repelling an enemy counterattack near Gross-Krauscha, Germany, on April 15, 1945, during which he single-handedly took out one enemy machine gun and eliminated 13 submachine-gunners



Made of silver and enamels. Measures 49.29 mm in height, 47.08 mm in width and weighs 21.2 gram without its suspension. The serial number is located on top of its reverse.


In a nice, above average condition with a fair amount of the original gold plating still present. The red enamels are all present and original and show some minor superficial flakes only. The raised parts of its obverse show light to medium wear. The order comes with its time period double layer steel suspension and its connection ring has not been cut.


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

On 15 April 1945, in a combat mission during an enemy counter-attack near the village Gross-Krauscha, sergeant GONCHAROV destroyed 1 enemy machine-gun and 13 submachine-gunners. For excellent execution of the combat missions and for exhibited courage and bravery, sergeant GONCHAROV Mark Alekseevich deserves to be bestowed with state award order “RED STAR”.


The full translation of the research can be read below:

– register card

– citation


More info on Sgt. Goncharov can be found here


Also included in the picture gallery:

  • a combat map of the 50th Rifle Division at Gross-Krauscha on 14 April 1945
  • a combat map of the 50th Rifle Division on 16-17 April 1945
  • the combat diary of the 50th Rifle Division  on 15 April 1945
  • information on sculptor Borodai (who signed his citation)


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