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Soviet Order of the Patriotic War 1st class #16820



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Soviet Order of the Patriotic War 1st class #16820


Awarded to Private Aleksandr Pavlovich Zaborovsky (Александр Павлович Заборовский)


For personally killing 4 Germans and taking 1 prisoner (whom he brought back to the regimental staff) when being encircled by the Germans near Kiev. Private Zaborovsky fired to the last bullet and died later in 1944 as a result of his wounds



Made of solid silver, gold and enamels. The order measures 42.69 mm in width and 47.77 mm in height including its eyelet. It weighs 36.6 grams with its suspension and 27.9 grams without. The suspension is 32.54 mm in width at its widest point and 21.93 mm in height at its narrowest point. The serial number is located at the 7 o’clock position on its reverse. The suspension ring, screwplate, ribbon and the suspension itself are all original.

In excellent, well above average condition. The details are all crisp and even the higher laying parts like the hammer and sickle show light wear only.  The red enamels are well preserved without repairs and show some small chips on the tips of the 12 and 3 o’clock rays. The white enamels are essentially flawless. Its reverse is in equally excellent condition and its connection ring has not been cut.


Hard to upgrade and with a truly heroic combat story to a private . Scarce as such


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

“On October 3, 1943, following a preliminary artillery bombardment, the Germans launched a counterattack in the village of Grigoryevka (Pereyaslav Raion, Kiev Oblast). Having encircled the battalion command post, they started firing at the command post. Private Zaborovsky immediately took up a defensive position and fired to the last bullet. When the initial situation was restored, he and a number of fellow troops pushed forward, and delivering heavy fire they killed a considerable number of Germans. Comrade Zaborovsky himself killed 4 Germans and took 1 prisoner, whom he brought back to the regimental staff.”


The full translation of the research can be found here


More information of Private Zaborovsky can be found here


Private Zaborovsky is mentioned in the Oblast Kostroma ‘Book of Memories’which cover and relavant page can be found in the picture gallery. Also there are his ‘irrecoverable loss report’ and ‘delisting order’ of 11 August 1944  



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