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Soviet Order of the Red Banner #25056



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Researched Soviet Order of the Red Banner #25056


Awarded to Major Vasilii losifovich Melnikov (Василий Иосифович Мельников)



This order of the Red Banner made of solid silver and enamels. Measures 40.04 mm in height and 35.98 mm in width. It weighs 23.7 gram. The serial number and the mint mark Monetni Dvor are located at the 6 o’clock position of its reverse.


The order is in excellent, well above average condition with all details crisp. Even the higher laying parts such as the center wreath and the torch have most details visible. The red enamel is mostly present and in far better condition than most screwback Red Banners. It only shows some superficial flaking. The order has no repairs and the screwpost is full length. It comes with its time period silver screwplate.


This Red Banner has it all! Great research and excellent condition!


Short Description of his feat of arms:

“While fighting for the Uzlovaya settlement, Stalingorsk during the period 17.11.41-28.11.41 and during offensive operations for Teploe and Bonyakovo-Sukhinichi from 14.12.42 to 10.1.42 he proved himself a bold, decisive, and motivated commander.

He capably led offensive combat operations during the capture of a serious populated areas near Uzlovaya, the result of which two enemy battalions were completely destroyed and many enemy trophy items were captured. In fighting near Spasskaya his personal participation in combat achieved the destruction of the enemy 15 Motorized Regiment.

During the period 15.12.41-10.1.42 the 817 Rifle Regiment destroyed retreating enemy units by bold attacks near Playsk, Teploe, Bonyakovo, Kozelvsk, Sukhinichi, and others.

For courage and valor displayed in combat for the Motherland and the destruction of German fascists Comrade Melnikov is deserving of the Order of the Red Banner.

Signed 239 Rifle Division Commander Colonel Martirosyan and Senior Battalion Commissar Radionov on 11 January 1942”


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