Researched Soviet screwback Order of the Red Banner #76471
Awarded to Guards Private First Class Yevsei Yakovlevich Slobodyanik (Евсей Яковлевич Слободяник)
For helping the 8th Guards Tank Corps cross the Dniper at night
Nominated for the title ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’
This original order of the Red Banner is made of silver and enamels. It measures 41.52 mm in height, 37.39 mm in width and weighs 24.0 gram without its screwplate. The serial number and mint mark are located at the 6 o’clock position of its reverse. The minimum known serial number in this range is 67729 and the maximum 79807.
In nice, above average condition. The details are mostly present and even the higher laying parts like the center wreath shows little wear only. The enamel shows some chipping which is often seen with these fragile screwback Red Banners. Still, the damage is far less than average and over 90% of the enamels is still present. Much gold plating is still present and the screwpost has not been shortened. It comes with its time period silver screwplate.
A scarce screwback in nice condition with very interesting research!
Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:
“Comrade Y.Y. Slobodyanik, who serves in the battalion as a sapper in a miner and engineer company, received orders by nightfall on September 21, 1943, along with the rest of his unit, to enable the armored vehicles of the 8th Guards Tank Corps’s tank brigades to cross to the right bank of the Dnieper River.
Along with his unit commander comrade Y.Y. Slobodyanik crossed the Dnieper River near Kozintsy-Zarubentsy on a fishing boat under heavy enemy artillery and mortar shelling and aerial bombardment. Under the cover of darkness comrade Y.Y. Slobodyanik and his squad leader used locally available materials to construct a berth, thus enabling the first rafts with combat vehicles and timber to reach the shore to build additional berths and walkways.
While carrying out the combat mission of enabling the tank brigade’s armored vehicles to cross to the right bank of the Dnieper River over the course of the night, comrade Y.Y. Slobodyanik displayed heroism, valor, and bravery. He deserves a high state award and is nominated for the title of ‘Hero of the Soviet Union’.”
The full translation of the research can be found here: Translation_Slobodyanik
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