Order of the Patriotic War 1st class, Type 2 Variation 1,
#158601, awarded on 1 February1945 posthumously to Junior
Lieutenant Aleksandr Ivanov.
In solid 14 K gold, silver and enamels. Measures 45.8 mm in
height, 44.5 mm in width; weighs 30.8 g not including the
screw plate. Features single-line mint mark.
In excellent, near mint condition, exactly as would be
expected of a posthumous award that was never worn. The
enamel is flawless. The hammer & sickle emblem and golden
starburst are pristine. All of original factory-applied
silver finish on the rifle and sword is present - a very
unusual case for a WW2 issue. The screw post is of full
length, approx. 14 mm (measured from the reverse of the
silver star.) Original wartime screw plate is included.
Aleksandr Ivanov was born in 1912 and joined the Red Army in
June 1941, the first month of the Patriotic War. He was at
the front starting from October 1941, serving initially with
the Western Front, then Northwestern Front, and from
November 1944, with the 1st Ukrainian Front. In February
1943 he was awarded with a Medal for Combat Service, his
only decoration of the war that he actually got to wear. In
January 1941 he took part in the Vistula - Oder offensive
serving as commander of an SU-76 self-propelled artillery
piece with the 952nd Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment, 59th
Army. On 21 January, he was killed in action near the town
of Olkusz in southern Poland, northwest of Krakow.
The award recommendation submitted by his regiment commander
three days later was so terse that we will quote it here
translated into English in its entirety:
Commander of an SU-76 Ivanov resolutely plunged his machine
into the thick of battle in actions northwest of Krakow and
on the approaches to the Dąbrowa Basin. He was the first to
break into the enemy stronghold near the paper factory north
of the town of Olkusz where he and his crew destroyed up to
a platoon of Hitlerites. On 23 January 1945, he was killed
by an enemy artillery shell in combat on the northeast edge
of the Dąbrowa Basin.
He deserves to be posthumously awarded with an Order of the
Patriotic War, 1st cl.
Commander of the 952nd Tallinskiy Self-Propelled Artillery
Regiment Guards Colonel (signed) Chesnokov.26 January 1945.
Research Materials: photocopy of the award
recommendation, relevant page of the award decree, and
relevant page from the Soviet archives concerning posthumous
awards of the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st cl. The
latter includes serial number of the award, name of the
recipient, date and number of the award decree, and the date
when the award was given to the closest relative "for
safekeeping as memory". The record shows that Ivanov's badge
was sent on 30 March 1945 to his widow Nadezhda Ivanova who
at the time lived in the village of Derzhavino, Dzerzhinsky
District, Chkalov (now Orenburg) Region of Russia.
Information about the 952nd Self-Propelled Artillery
Regiment is available in Volume XII "Red Hammers, Soviet
Self-Propelled Artillery and Lend Lease Armor" of the
Charles Sharp's order of battle series.