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An original WWII Soviet Order of the Red Star here, displays nicely but shows obvious damage to the enamel of the 9 o'clock arm. Clear serial number (3,524,617) on the reverse. This Order has been researched, and was awarded to Vasily Ilyich Nikulin on December 30th, 1956 in recognition of long service. Nikulin served as a political officer in a divisional driving school/vehicle batallion. It is reasonable to assume that Nikulin was involved in the 1956 suppression of the Hungarian revolution based on his involvement with the 17th Guards Mechanized Battalion, and possibly also the 33rd Mechanized Divison (his record shows service in the 34th Mechanized, which is potentially a clerical error as there is no available information regarding a 34th Mechanized Division.)

In addition to his Order of the Red Star, Nikulin was awarded the Medal "For Military Merit" (x2), Order of the Red Star (x2), Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, Medal "For the Victory over Germany", Medal "For the Capture of Vienna" and the Medal "For the Defense of Leningrad."


Buyer will be provided with relevant archival scans (23) and service portraits (1) via email. This Order does not come with translated documents.


The Order of the Red Star was awarded to soldiers of the Soviet Army, Navy, border and internal security forces, employees of the State Security Committee of the USSR, as well as NCOs and officers of the bodies of internal affairs; to units, warships, associations, enterprises, institutions and organizations; as well as to military personnel of foreign countries:

for personal courage and bravery in battle, for the excellent organization and leadership in combat that contributed to the success of our troops;

for successful operations of military units and formations which resulted in the enemy suffering considerable casualties or damage;

for outstanding service in ensuring public safety and the security of the State Border of the USSR;

for courage and valour displayed during the performance of military duties, or, in circumstances involving a risk to life;

for exemplary performance of special command tasks and other outstanding deeds committed in peacetime;

for great contribution in maintaining the high combat readiness of troops, excellent performance in combat and political training, in the mastery of new combat equipment and other services associated with strengthening the defensive might of the USSR;

for merit in the development of military science and technologies used in training of the Armed Forces of the USSR;

for merit in strengthening the defence capabilities of the socialist community.

Soviet Order of the Red Star (Serial No. 3,524,617 - Researched w/ Portrait)

SKU: SOV0222

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