Soviet Order of the Red Star #216284
Awarded to T-34 tank commander Lieutenant Grigory Stepanovich Mansurov (Григорий Степанович Мансуров)
For annihilating 3 guns and one dugout with the enemy infantry in it from his tank and up to 1 platoon of German soldiers and officers with machine gun fire
Made of silver and enamels. The order measures 48.12 mm in width, 46.36 mm in height and weighs 28.0 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 detail is still visible. The enamels on the 7 o’clock ray of the star is lost but is fully present and original on the other arms. The reverse is in nice condition and shows a light patina. The screwpost is full length and the order comes with its time period silver screwplate.
Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:
Comrade Mansurov, while serving in the 2nd tank battalion, 9th Guards tank brigade from April 1943 as a T-34 tank commander, showed himself being a brave and potent commander. In the battles from July 18 to July 24, 1943 with the German invaders in the Tikhotsky region southeast of Izium (Tykhots’ke / Тихоцьке, Oblast Charkiw, Ukraine), comrade Mansurov showed his cleverness and perseverance in the fight against the enemy. Comrade Mansurov with his crew annihilated 3 guns and one dugout with the enemy infantry in it from his tank. In addition, comrade Mansurov annihilated up to 1 platoon of German soldiers and officers with machine gun fire.
More information on Lt. Mansurov can be found here
The Izyum-Barvenkovo Offensive (17 July 1943 — 27 July 1943) was a Soviet offensive operation of the Southwestern Front against part of German Army Group South during the World War II. The aim of the operation was to tie down German reserves during the Battle of Kursk and overrun the German forces located in Donbass. Soviet troops managed to cross the Seversky Donets river and seize the bridgehead, but the German counterattacks stopped the further advance.
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