Order of the Red Star #152022
Awarded to Guards Private Anton Stepanovich Kulish (Антон Степанович Кулиш)
For risking his life refueling the tanks and armoured vehicles with his Zis-5 fuel truck at the Battle of Stalingrad. As a result of his commitment and bravery the tanks were never delayed due to lack of fuel
Made of silver and enamels. The order measures 47.32 mm in width, 46.88 mm in height and weighs 29.4 grams without its screwplate. The serial number is located at the 6 o’clock position and the mint mark on the 12 o’clock position of its reverse. This early variation has a round base ‘heel’ of the screw.
In worn but decent condition. The higher laying parts show medium wear but a fair amount of details is still visible. The enamels on the 12 o’clock ray of the star is lost but is fully present and original on the other arms. The reverse is in excellent condition and shows a dark patina. The screwpost is full length and the order comes with its time period silver screwplate.
A nice award for the famous Battle of Stalingrad
Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:
“Guards private KULISH Anton Stepanovich 1909
“Zis-5” truck driver of 580 tank battalion, 15 Guards tank brigade, 1 Guards tank corps.
Recommendation for order “RED STAR” :
“Zis-5” truck (fuel truck) driver of 580 tank battalion (15 Guards tank brigade, 1 Guards tank corps) Guards private KULISH Anton Semyonovich has been serving in the 580 tank battalion during the combat period from 19/11/1942 till January 1943. He dedicated a lot of effort delivering fuel and lubricants to the armoured vehicles on the battlefield. Putting his life into the harms way under the enemy fire, comrade KULISH refuelled the tanks at the following positions: Tsaritsino on 21/11/1942, Bolshaya Danschinka on 23-24/11/1942, sovkhoz “№79” on 07-08/12/1942, and stanitsa Surovikovo on 16-19/12/1942. Our tanks were never delayed due to lack of fuel. At the stanitsa Surovikovo, comrade KULISH made about 30 tours covering each time over 270km bringing fuel and lubricants. His “Zis-5” remains to be a good serviceable condition. Comrade KULISH deserves order “RED STAR”.
Signed by the commander of 580 tank battalion
Guards Captain /TOPILIN/
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