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Nice grouping Ade
You got some nice ones there Ade.
Here are a couple of mine. They come in many sizes, but the early ones are my favorites.
It is my understanding that the primary purpose for this award, was to recognize the special skills of mounted marksmanship. I have read that the requirements for it's issuance, involved attaining a certain score, while shooting from the back of a horse, or from a moving military vehicle, but primarily from horseback.
Hi Guys, as always, thanks for the kind comments.
Kim: they are great examples. I need an RKKA example of this award.
Boridin: the size of the book is 63mm x 94mm.
I would be interested to know the nature of the tests too.
Each of the "common" service weapons had their own requirements, but the "student" was trained, and tested on the use of the pistol, carbine, rifle, and subgun. You progressed to a point where the instructor cadre felt you were "competent", at which point you were tested. If you scored well enough, you passed, and were awarded for that phase. If you passed the whole course with a high enough score, you "graduated", were awarded the Voroshilov Marksmanship award, and returned to your unit. My understanding is that all this training took place at the Voroshilov Cavalry Academy "campus" (so to speak). It was not uncommon for mounted troops (initially animal mounted) to pass through the Academy multiple times, as it was used like an NCO academy, and an Officers Professional Development academy. It was also common to be attending classes for both the marksmanship phase, and the professional development phase simultaneously.
A man that I used to work with attended the Voroshilov academy prior to the outbreak of the GPW in 1938, when he was promoted to Mladishi Serzhant (E-5). He took both the marksmanship, and the junior NCO phase while there in 38, and was ordered back when he was on the list for Serzhant Otryada (Starshi Serzhant [E-7]), but was demobilized in late 45 before he received orders to report back to the academy.
Very interesting, thank you!
Here's mine Ade . I was in the right place at right time to get this at Detling
Serial numbered 29017
On some awards the rifleman looks Tsarist - in trousers rather than Soviet style breeches. Nice to see variations in design. Your last badge Rifleman is standing more confidently as on mine !