Order of the Red Star #65533
Awarded to Captain Mitrofan Lukyanovich Ovcharenko (Митрофан Лукьянович Овчаренко)
For organizing the troops into counter-attacks at the Demyansk pocket in October 1942, remaining on the battlefield after being wounded and exhibiting courage and bravery while facing the German invaders
Made of silver and enamels. The order measures 48.67 mm in width, 46.84 mm in height and weighs 29.6 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 nice overall condition with light overall wear on the higher laying parts of the center medallion. The enamel shows some loss on the 5 o’clock ray of the star but is otherwise problem free and beautiful. The reverse is in superb condition with an appealing dark toning to the silver and few traces of wear. Its screw is full length and the order comes with its time period and well fitted silver screwplate.
Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:
“In the combat operations during 26-31 October 1942, he proved himself as a capable troops commander and managed swiftly and boldly to organise the troops into counter-attacks. Being wounded, he remained on the battlefield and continued his duty as the chief of staff. For exhibited courage and bravery in the struggle against the German invaders, for effective command of the troops in combat actions, he deserves state award order “RED STAR”.”
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