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Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review

Article about: Greetings all! I have just added my first Order of the Red Star to my collection and would like to post pictures of it for review, just in case. Thanks to this forum, I feel I have at least

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    Greetings all!

    I have just added my first Order of the Red Star to my collection and would like to post pictures of it for review, just in case. Thanks to this forum, I feel I have at least a basic knowledge of the Order so far. But that could also mean that I know just enough to be dangerous! I look forward to learning more from y'all as I enter this new (for me) field of collecting. If you need better or different photos, please let me know. Thanks in advance for any opinions.

    Kevin

    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review
    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review
    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review
    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review

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    It is a good MZPP made star.

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    Quote by Marcel Banziger View Post
    It is a good MZPP made star.
    Thank you, Sir! Very good to know.

    Wondering if my ORS is a Type 6, V6.1.3? The manufacturer and length of bayonet seems to match the photo of that version on the Odysseus site but the number engraving on my star seems a bit more...rudimentary.

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    I will check when I'm at home. Don't have the list with me here at work. But yours looks very nice!

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    I like it.

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    Quote by Marcel Banziger View Post
    I will check when I'm at home. Don't have the list with me here at work. But yours looks very nice!
    Thank you Marcel! My question wasn't meant to put you to work on my behalf; I was just thinking outloud.

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    I like it.
    Thank you, toot!

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    You are correct, it is a Type 6 Variant 6.1.3 as mentioned on the odysseus website

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    Quote by Marcel Banziger View Post
    You are correct, it is a Type 6 Variant 6.1.3 as mentioned on the odysseus website
    Thank you for your help Marcel! It is very much appreciated.

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    Thanks to member Auke for the research on the Award Card and Citation and to member Egorka for the translation of both and some additional research, I now have the details of the awarding of ORS No. 1897402. It was awarded to Lt. Aleksander Vasilievich Tarakanov, an artillery platoon commander of the 272 anti-aircraft artillery regiment, for actions on 03 April 1945. Here is his Register Card:

    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review

    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review


    And here is his Citation for ORS No. 1897402. He was originally nominated for an Order of the Patriotic War 2nd class but it was downgraded to an ORS:

    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review

    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review

    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review

    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review

    The combat diaries of the unit state that the enemy aircraft that Tarakanov's platoon drove off on 3 April 1945 was an FW-190.

    Interestingly, Tarakanov's "For Bravery" medal was originally submitted as an ORS but was downgraded. That award was for shooting down 2 Fokker D.XXIs on 15 JAN 1943, 1 Fokker C.X on 10 June 1943 and 1 ME-109 on 18 August 1943.

    His first Order of the Red Star No. 1254667 was awarded to Tarakanov for the downing of 2 FW-190s, one on 7 March 1945 and the other on 9 March 1945.

    And finally, a photo of Lieutenant Tarakanov:

    Order of the Red Star No. 1897402 for Review

    Thanks again to Auke and Egorka for their help! I am honored to be the caretaker of Lt. Tarakanov's 2nd Order of the Red Star.

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    Great research and very nice to put a face to the name and to bring this Red star back to life with this reasearch

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