Researched Soviet Order of the Red Banner #67227
Awarded to Guards Lieutenant Aleksander Nikitich Bannikov (Александр Никитич Банников)
For personably eliminating up to two platoons of enemy infantry and suppressing three enemy firing positions while being wounded
This order of the Red Banner made of solid silver and enamels. Measures 40.97 mm in height and 36.11 mm in width. It weighs 25.5 gram. The serial number and the mint mark are located at the 6 o’clock position of its reverse.
The order is in excellent, far above average condition. All details are crisp and even the higher laying parts such as the torch and the flagpole show little wear. The red enamel is almost completely present and only shows a minor chip at the bottom of the top banner and the 9 o’clock ray of the center star. The white enamel is flawless. The order has not been converted to a suspension type and the screwpost is full length. It comes with its time period silver screw plate.
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Brief and specific description of the personal feat or merits:
“In the offensive operations during the period of 23/02 – 14/03 of 1943, near the kolkhoz “Penna”, comrade BANNIKOV exhibited courage, bravery, and military skill in leading his unit. On the second day of the battle, comrade BANNIKOV took over the command of the rifle company and was personally present among his field troops the whole time. He inspired his men, leading them by personal example. Personably operating a heavy machine-gun, he eliminated up to two platoons of enemy infantry and suppressed three enemy firing positions. He provided great help to the rifle units in seizing and holding the objective ground. He conducted well the party-political work among the personnel.
Being wounded, he remained in the line of duty and repelled two enemy counter attack during the day.
He is worthy of a state award order “Red Banner”.”
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