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    Order of Alexander Nevsky, Type 1 Variation 3 converted to screw back using parts of the original suspension device, #12836, awarded on 12 August 1944 to Senior Lieutenant Mikhail Sitarskiy.

    Order of Alexander Nevsky, Type 1 Variation 3 converted to screw back using parts of the original suspension device, #12836, awarded on 12 August 1944 to Senior Lieutenant Mikhail Sitarskiy.

    Silver gilt, enamels; measures 50.2 mm in height, 48.0 mm in width. In good overall condition. The enamel has been replaced on the top and lower right arms of the star. Additionally, there are scrapes to the enamel on the upper right arm and occasional contact marks elsewhere, but the enamel on the three remaining arms is well preserved overall and retains attractive luster. The details of the center medallion are very crisp and free of visible wear, essentially perfect. A good amount of the original gilt is still present on the wreath and battle axes. Attractive patina to silver throughout.

    Following the change in regulations concerning wearing of Soviet decorations, the order was converted to screw back. The eyelet was carefully removed; parts of the suspension device - the main portion and screw post - were then used to create a makeshift screw back attachment. Judging by the style of the conversion, it was done by the recipient himself or a local jeweler - not at the mint. The serial number is original and is engraved in style characteristic of the Nevskys in its serial number range. Comes with WW2 era screw plate in silver. Overall, an attractive early example despite the enamel repairs.

    Mikhail Sitarskiy was born in 1918 in Smolensk Region of Russia. He joined the army in 1939 as cadet in an artillery NCO school. After receiving further military education in 1941-42 he was commissioned junior lieutenant. By the summer of 1944, he was a seasoned combatant with two decorations, a Patriotic War 2nd cl. and Red Star (both earned in the second half of 1943), one combat wound, and the rank of senior lieutenant.

    During the Soviet Lvov-Sandomir offensive in the summer of 1944, Sitarskiy commanded a battery of the 135th Artillery Brigade, 38th Army, 1st Ukrainian Front. From July 14 - 30, his battery destroyed two German artillery batteries, one mortar battery, and suppressed the fire of three batteries in actions near Lvov. It also demolished two enemy earth- and-timber pillboxes and three dugouts. Sitarskiy's artillerymen withstood eight German counterattacks destroying in the process two enemy tanks and as many as four platoons of infantry. For his performance in this operation, Sitarskiy was awarded with his third decoration, the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

    By early 1945, Sitarskiy had been promoted to Captain and awarded with final decoration of the war, an Order of the Patriotic War, 1st cl. In 1948, he retired from the military.

    Research Materials: photocopy of the award commendation and award decree for the Nevsky, award record card, and service record. The latter includes a nice photo of Sitarskiy wearing his four decorations on an M-43 gimnasterka shirt.


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