Order of the Patriotic War 1st class #189881
Awarded to Lt. Ivan Nikolaevich Luhta (Иван Николаевич Лухта)
For destroying an enemy mortar battery and 6 light machine guns and up to a company of enemy soldiers with his platoon during a night assault in Poland
Made of solid gold, silver and enamels. Measures 45.66 mm in height, 44.13 mm in width and weighs 29.8 grams without its screwplate. The serial number is located at the 6 o’clock position and the mint mark Monetni Dvor is located at the 12 o’clock position of its reverse.
In superb, well above average condition. The details are all crisp and both sides show few dings and scratches and light overall wear. The red and white enamels are beautiful without repairs and show a tiny enamel chip on the top left side of the 9 o’clock ray of the red star only; barely visible with the naked eye. Its well fitted screwpate is time period to the order and the screw has not been shortened.
Excellent example with great research
Brief description of his feat of arms or achievements:
“Comrade Luhta in the battles to break through the heavily fortified and deeply echeloned defenses of the enemy from 14.01.1945 to 17.01.1945 in the area of the village of Dzerzhanovo (Chrzanowo), city of Ciechanow (Ciechanów) – (Poland), under strong artillery and mortar fire of the enemy, showed examples of the ability to lead a platoon. In the battles of January 16, 1945, for the village of Wole-Vezhbovska (Wola Wodzyńska), he skillfully brought his platoon from the left flank and attacked. In this night battle, his platoon destroyed an enemy mortar battery and 6 light machine guns that hindered the advance of our infantry, and also destroyed up to a company of enemy soldiers.
More information on Lt. Luhta can be found here
Also included in the picture gallery is a picture of Lt. Luhta wearing his Order of the Patriotic War 1st class
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