Soviet Order of the Red Banner #44209



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 Order of the Red Banner #44209


Прохоров Иван Федорович


Awarded to Sr. Lieutenant Ivan Fedorovich Prokhorov (Василий Иосифович Фролов)


For capturing a German soldier and a machine-gun, and destroying a dugout killing 10 enemy troops during a night mission on November 3-4, 1942. Later, he led a scouts detachment that destroyed enemy cannons and vehicles, and personally eliminated 2 enemy pillboxes and captured an officer. Despite being wounded, he remained in battle until ordered to withdraw



Made of solid silver and enamels. Measures 40.24 mm in height, 36.47 mm in width and weighs 22.9 grams without its screwplate. The serial number and the mint mark Monetni Dvor are located at the 6 o’clock position of its reverse.


The order is in nice, above average condition with medium overall wear. The raised parts such as the center wreath and the torch still show their details perfectly well. The enamels are generally well preserved and in better condition than most early screwback Red Banners. It only shows some loss on one ray of the center red star and a small chip on the lower side of the banner. The white enamels are essentially flawless. Its reverse is in pristine condition without dings and scratches and shows a stunning patina to the silver. The order has not been converted and the screwpost is full length. It comes with its time period and well fitted silver screwplate.



Brief and specific description of the personal feat or merits:

On the night 03-04 November 1942, deputy commander of 50 Army Lt. General TYURIN gave order to comrade PROKHOROV to organise a night search and destroy mission. Leading this mission, Sr.Lt. PROKHOROV brought back a German prisoner soldier KURT and a light machine-gun. He personally blew up a German dugout eliminating 10 enemy troops, for which he was granted a 15 days home leave. During 413 rifle division offensive, he commanded a scouts detachment with the goal to reconnoiter the terrain and approaches to the Warsaw highway. The detachment under comrade PROKHOROV’s command destroyed 2 cannons and blew up 4 trucks carrying troops. Personally comrade PROKHOROV destroyed 2 enemy pillboxes by hand grenades and captured an enemy officer prisoner. Subsequently, he was wounded, but remained on the battlefield until after an order was issued for that.


The full translation of the research can be read below:

– register card

– citation


More info on Lt. Prokhorov can be found here


Also included in the picture gallery are:

  • a scan of an image of Lt. Prokhorov
  • Lexikon der Wehrmacht 483th Infantry Regiment
  • the combat diary 50th Army on 04 November 1942
  • scans of relevant battle maps



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