Soviet WW2 Order of Alexander Nevsky, #34273, awarded to Guards Sr. Lieutenant Yuriy Kazakov, Guards Infantry battalion commander, for fighting against the last Nazi holdouts in Austria on 8 May 1945. This is GUARANTEED 100% ORIGINAL Soviet decoration made at the Soviet Mint and awarded during WW2 not a replica or post-war issue! This decoration is Massive and of Beautiful quality! Made in STERLING SILVER with gilt finish and enamels, it measures impressive 51.1 mm (over 2 inches) in height, 49.9 mm in width, and weighs 41.2 grams not including the screw plate.This order is Type 3 which unlike the two early versions of the same award, has a screw post for attachment and does not have rivets on the reverse (the center medallion is instead attached to the badge by solder). This specific piece is an early, so-called Deep Dish version of the Type 3 featuring concaved profile of the reverse. The reverse has engraved serial number 34273. This individual serial number (which is unique to every Soviet award) provided the key to research the award in the Russian military archives and to establish the identity of the award recipient. The order is in GOOD overall condition.
There is a small piece of the silver starburst that broke off on the right side at approximately 4 oclock, apparently due to some kind of accident. The rest of the starburst is completely intact. The enamel on the arms is extremely well preserved and shows beautiful luster.
There are some tiny scratches and contact marks, but they are practically unnoticeable to the naked eye. The enamel is completely free of chips, flaking, or other significant wear. All the enamel on this piece is 100% ORIGINAL there are no enamel repairs. The center medallion has a few scratches, but its raised details are very well-preserved and crisp. Some of the original fire gilt finish on the wreath, battleaxes, sword and quiver is still clearly visible, although pale.
There is beautiful dark patina to silver on the reverse. The screw post is full length, over 13 mm has not been shortened.It comes with ORIGINAL SCREW PLATE in STERLING SILVER which is the only one correct for this decoration. It is interesting to see that the screw plate, although it fits the screw perfectly, is slightly warped probably a result of the same accident that damaged the starburst. Overall, this award has a lot of character and although not perfect, looks great! According to the award documentation obtained from the Russian archives (color copies of the original archival paperwork are included), the order was bestowed on 23 June 1945 upon Guards Senior Lieutenant Yuriy Kazakov, a rifle company commander in the 181. Order of the Red Banner Guards Rifle Division, 57.
Kazakov was born in 1920 in the town of Kuznetsk of Penza Region of Russia. He joined the military in 1940, fought in the Patriotic War since its first day in June 1941, and by Spring 1945 rose to the rank of Guards Senior Lieutenant. In May 1945, Kazakovs division was engaged in heavy fighting against the last Nazi holdouts in Austria. On 8 May, literally the last day of the war before the Nazi unconditional surrender later that night, Kazakov led his company in an assault of a strongly fortified enemy line near the town of Feldbach, southeast of the city of Graz.He and his company stormed the German trenches killing 30 enemy soldiers in hand-to-hand combat, capturing two heavy machine guns and taking the fortified position. They pressed the attack until they entered Feldbach and then continued the advance all the way to the outskirts of Graz. Throughout the battle, Kazakov was constantly in the lead and personally killed nine enemy soldiers. On 31 May, Kazakov was recommended to be awarded with the Order of Alexander Nevsky by his regiment commander.
By 6 June, the recommendation had been approved by the division commander and the command of the 6. Guards Rifle Corps, and on 23 June 1945, officially bestowed upon Kazakov by a decree of the 57. Kazakov retired from the military less than a year later, in May 1945.
As of 1949, he lived in the Dnepropetrovsk Region of Ukraine where he worked as a deputy foreman at. Vegetable oil pressing plant in Mezhevskoy District. Beside the Order of Alexander Nevsky, he was also awarded two Orders of the Red Star in November 1944 and May 1945. There are many fakes of the Order of Alexander Nevsky on the market, but this one is 100% genuine and covered by Atlantic Crossroads, Inc. The item "Soviet WW2 Order of Alexander Nevsky +RESEARCH Guard Infantry Austria 8 May 1945" is in sale since Wednesday, July 15, 2020.
This item is in the category "Collectibles\Militaria\WW II (1939-45)\Original Period Items\Russia\Medals, Pins & Ribbons". The seller is "collectrussia" and is located in Tenafly, New Jersey. This item can be shipped to United States.