Soviet Order of the Red Banner 2nd award #11791



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Soviet Order of the Red Banner 2nd award #11791


Rare variation with a ‘sloppy 2’!


Григорий Иванович Филяев


Awarded to Major Grigory Ivanovich Filyaev (Григорий Иванович Филяев)


For participating in the capturing the city of Insterburg (east Prussia)


This highly decorated hero received 3 other Red Banners next to this one so 4 (!) in total (among other awards)



Made of silver and enamels. Measures 37.70 mm in width and 46.37 mm in height and weighs 19.5 gram without its suspension. The mint mark is located above the serial number in one curved line. Only a few of this variation were produced and the serial number ranges between 11709 and 11945 (Mondvor).


This original order is in excellent, well above average condition with all details crisp. The red enamel on the banners is problem free as is the enamel on the center red star. There are some tiny, almost unnoticeable chips on the white enamel on top of the shield with the ‘2’ and around the center hammer and sickle. The orders shows an attractive medium dark patina on both sides. Its connection ring is uncut and the double layer steel suspension is time period to the order.


I. Brief and specific description of the personal feat or merits
Major FILYAEV arrived to the regiment on 05 January 1945. In the short period of the preparation for the offensive, he become well acquainted with the personnel and their combat training routines. He took all the necessary measures for preparing his regiment for the complexity of the forthcoming offensive operation.
As the result of this effort, as well as the tight operation control during the operation, 711 rifle regiment achieved great combat success. Starting from the second echelon position on 16 January 1945, the regiment exploited the initial success and broke through the strongly fortified enemy positions utilizing tight combat coordination with the armour and artillery units. The regiment reached the city of Insterburg (east Prussia) and participated in its capture.
Personally, comrade FILYAEV led his unit exceptionally well and exhibited courage and bravery, by constantly being present at his observation post in close proximity to the enemy.
For success achieved in the combat, for exhibited courage and bravery, Major FILYAEV deserves state award – order “RED BANNER”.


The full translation of the research can be found below:

– register card

– citation


More info on Major Filyaev can be found here


In the picture gallery a battle map can be found with Filyaev’s signature together with 3 images of him; obviously from different periods


A beautiful and rare piece. A great addition to both the serious variation collector as those who focus on research!



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