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Order of Glory, 2nd class, Type 3, #20471, awarded on 23 April 1945 to Guards Private Anatoliy Shuba, reconnaissance scout of the 38th Guards Rifle Division, 70th Army, 2nd Belorussian Front, for leading an infantry assault in which he killed up to 15 German soldiers and took 3 POWs.


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Silver gilt, enamel; measures 48.6 mm tall (incl. eyelet), 47.1 mm wide; weighs 23.6 grams not incl. suspension and connecting link. Variation featuring "smooth" clock face lacking the numerals and hands. This is one of the relatively scarce versions of the order with the currently known serial number range of 15634 through 24687 (according to Mondvor.narod.ru).

In fine condition. There are many small dings and scratches throughout. The center medallion however shows only minimal wear to the raised points, and most of its details- including the Kremlin tower and

Silver gilt, enamel; measures 48.6 mm tall (incl. eyelet), 47.1 mm wide; weighs 23.6 grams not incl. suspension and connecting link. Variation featuring "smooth" clock face lacking the numerals and hands. This is one of the relatively scarce versions of the order with the currently known serial number range of 15634 through 24687 (according to Mondvor.narod.ru).

In fine condition. There are many small dings and scratches throughout. The center medallion however shows only minimal wear to the raised points, and most of its details- including the Kremlin tower and clock - are quite well- defined. The original gold plating is pale but still clearly visible on the background of the medallion and on the Kremlin wall. The enamel on the plaque has been replaced in the central segment between the second and fourth letters; the rest of the enamel on the plaque has flaking and hairlines but is generally intact. The red enamel on the star has rubbing and wear but no chips. There is attractive patina to silver on both sides.

Comes on original wartime suspension, a double layered steel model with self-locking pin. The ribbon is old and shows wear but is still sound and attractive. The connecting link appears to be original, and although it's deformed from friction and weight of the medallion, its ends are still joined with solder. Anatoliy Shuba was born in 1906 in the city of Chernigov, Ukraine. He was drafted into the Red Army in June 1943, and while serving with the Central Front, in all likelihood took part in the Battle of Kursk during the following month. A year later, Shuba was serving as a reconnaissance scout of the 38th Guards Separate Reconnaissance Company, 38th Guards Rifle Division, 70th Army. On 10 August 1944, when his division went over to the offensive north of Warsaw, he was a part of the group of scouts assigned to pursue the retreating enemy and capture a prisoner for interrogation. The mission was successfully completed. On another occasion, Private Shuba took part in an infantry assault and was the first to storm into an enemy-occupied village where he immediately killed two German soldiers. When confronted by a machine gun manned by two German soldiers on the outskirts of the village, Shuba used hand-grenades to neutralize the machine gun thus greatly helping to clear the village of the enemy. Shuba was subsequently recommended for an Order of Glory 3rd cl. which was bestowed on him on 30 August 1944 by a decree of the 38th Guards Rifle Division.

Shuba once again distinguished himself in fighting on the west bank of the Vistula in the early part of February 1945, as his division engaged the German troops trying to break out west from the pockets formed in the wake of the Soviet Vistula-Oder Strategic Offensive. On 8 February, he took part in eradicating one such fleeing enemy column on the march near the Polish village of Swiekatowo some 20 km north of the city of Bromberg (Bydgoszcz). Setting an example for the rest of his scout group, Shuba was the first to rise and attack, killing the Germans on as he ran at them. Met with murderous fire from Shuba and his comrades, the column changed direction trying to escape using folds in the terrain. The scouts however managed to ambush the Germans and at a distance of 50 meters opened devastating fire. In the skirmish, Shuba personally killed up to 15 enemy soldiers and took prisoner three of them.

On 12 February, the recon company commander submitted a recommendation to award Shuba with an Ordre of the Patriotic War, 2nd cl. Although approved by the division's chief of reconnaissance and then the division commander, the recommended award was later downgraded to Order of Glory 2nd cl. by the Commander of the 96th Rifle Corps Lt. General Chanyshev. The order, Shuba's second and final decoration of WW2, was officially bestowed on 23 April 1945. His division ended the war just two weeks later near Schwerin on the Elbe River where it met the American 8th "Pathfinder" Infantry Division (then under the operational control of the British Second Army).

Interestingly, despite being awarded with two Orders of Glory, Shuba was never promoted and still a had the rank of private at the time of his release from active duty. By early 1947, he had settled in the city of Zugdidi in the same general area in Soviet western Georgia where he was drafted into the Red Army back in 1943. According to a stamp in his award record card, just two years later Shuba was stripped of his decorations by a Supreme Soviet decree, probably due to a criminal conviction. The most likely scenario with his actual decorations is that they were never turned over to the state and instead retained by his family - which could plausibly claim that the awards had been lost.

Research Materials: photocopy of the award record card and award commendations for both Orders of Glory. Detailed information about the 38th Guards Rifle Division is available in Vol. IV Red Guards of the Soviet Order of Battle in World War II book series by Charles Sharp.
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