Soviet Order of the Red Star #288601



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Order of the Red Star #288601


Awarded to Sr. Lieutenant Ivan Leontievich Gakh (Иван Леонтьевич Гах)


Political officer of the regiment, 121 Red Banner mountain rifle regiment, 9 mountain rifle division


For conducting political rallies and education while leading and inspiring the troops for heroic feats by personal example. He also led the evacuation of the wounded from the battlefield



Made of silver and enamels. Measures 47.54 mm in width, 45.23 mm in height and weighs 25.9 grams without its screwplate. The mint mark is located above, and the serial number underneath the screw post. The minimum known serial number is 235999 and the maximum is 594967.


This beautiful order is in excellent, well above average condition with most details visible. The red enamel is problem free without chipping or repairs and even the higher laying parts on its obverse show light wear only. The silver has an appealing light patina on both sides. Its screw has not been shortened and the silver screwplate is time period to the order.



Brief and specific description of the personal feat or merits:

During the offensive operations conducted by the regiment during the period from 26.07.1943 till 10.08.1943, comrade GAKH was present all the time among the combat formations and conducted political rallies and education in between the battles.

Being personally among the combat troops, he carried out 4 Communist committee meetings, during which 35 new members were admitted to the VKP(b) membership, thus creating plethoric Communist organisations in every rifle company of the regiment.

Despite constant combat activities, he constantly ensures the Communist organisations increases its ranks and active propaganda work is conducted among the personnel inspiring the troops to achieve their combat objectives. Comrade GAKH leads and inspires the troops for heroic feats by personal example. He commands well deserved respect among the personnel.

Since comrade GAKH became the head of the regiment Communist party organisation, he managed to turn the organisation into a cohesive and well organised team, which is capable of raising the non-party masses to act on achieving the combat objectives. As the result of this effort, the local party organisation became a true helper to our unit commander. A proof of this are the heroic feats of our enlisted men and officers during the latest offensive and their resilience in holding the captured ground.

Comrade GAKH was leading evacuation of the wounded from the battlefield. Comrade GAKH deserves to be bestowed with order “RED STAR”


The full translation of the record card can be read here


More information on Lt. Gakh can be found here



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