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Old 01-29-2017, 02:54 AM   #1
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New Soviet Collecting Reference - Order of Glory

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N38DNYR...d+to+Berlin%21

Amazon.com: Onward to Berlin!: Red Army Valor in World War II - The Full Cavaliers of the Soviet Order of Glory eBook: Bruce E. Empric: Kindle Store
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Onward to Berlin!: Red Army Valor in World War II - The Full Cavaliers of the Soviet Order of Glory - Kindle edition by Bruce E. Empric. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading Onward to Berlin!: Red Army Valor in World War II - The Full Cavaliers of the Soviet Order of Glory.

Haven't gotten my copy yet - I have to wait until after a business trip. Otherwise look forward to perusing this then writing a review.

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Re: New Soviet Collecting Reference - Order of Glory

Just a shame it doesn't have the decrees and citations for the Orders of Glory for the Korean War and Chinese Border Conflict.
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Re: New Soviet Collecting Reference - Order of Glory

I devoured the book immediately but it has taken me almost a while to get to penning a review. To address above concern, the author did include information on Glory III Cold War awardings:

The eBook Onward to Berlin!: Red Army Valor in World War II - The Full Cavaliers of the Soviet Order of Glory by Bruce E. Empric is an extremely well-researched, welcome addition to Soviet military history, especially medal collecting.

The Order of Glory full cavaliers were highly respected on par with Heroes of the Soviet Union. Moreover Glory full cavalier awardings were more exclusive – awarded primarily to Soviet non-commissioned officers and enlisted for multiple incidents of combat valor. This book captures key information and awarding information. The work includes arcane information such as forgotten and revoked awardees, and interesting awarding table breakdowns by topics such as recipient ethnicity, gender, posthumous, Victory Parade participants, and chronology. The book’s included translated citations approximate an amazing quantity (nearly one-tenth) of the total (2656) awardings. The citations are arranged according to branch of service, as well as highlight the two largest battles at the end of the war (Koenigsberg and Berlin). The book’s format and well-selected photographs are accessible and appropriate for historians, medal collectors, as well as the casual reader.

For transparency’s sake this reviewer is mentioned in the book’s credits. The reviewer found the author’s use of Russian alphabetic order in English unnecessary and perhaps slightly awkward to most readers. Additionally, the reviewer would encourage the publishing of a “hard copy” edition since the eBook format made cross-referencing difficult – perhaps more a comment on the reviewer’s technological limitations than the book itself. Regardless, the eBook’s extremely low publishing price compared to the rich content easily overrules any criticism.

In conclusion the book’s cross sampling of citations is simply amazing – youngest, oldest, NKVD border guards, penal unit recipients, dog handlers, snipers, and naval infantrymen – it’s all here. The massive quantity of information, translated citations, and period photographs easily justify the low price many times over. Of significant note the author also included for the first time in English-language publication (at least known to the reviewer), information concerning post-war awardings of the Order of Glory III Class for Cold War clashes in Korea, Hungary, and the PRC. The author truly succeeded in not only a significant contribution to Soviet military history and medal collecting, but honoring those mentioned in his foreword’s concluding sentence: “this is their valor, these are their stories.”
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Re: New Soviet Collecting Reference - Order of Glory

I have found many examples of digital and anecdotal references to post-war non-catch up/non-wound awards of the Order Of Glory (in Russian), but I have not been able to cross reference them with actual archival records.

There was a list of awards for the border conflict with China, including names. I randomly selected three of the recipients to research them via the archive. I was unable to confirm anything.

I would of course love to see any photographs of any original archival papers on any of these awards.

Does the full cavalier book contain a comprehensive list of all of those awarded a trio of Orders Of Glory, even if they didn't get the 1st Class? (3x 3rd, 2x 3rd and a 2nd or a 3rd and 2x 2nd). As I've found a few cases whilst pottering through archives where an error halted a three time recipient getting the golden award. (Even found some bits to one Nikolaj Nikiforovich Kirichenko, Cavalier Of 3 Orders Of Glory.)

I am currently working on a project to translate every award of a particular regiment into English, no matter how comprehensive I wish it to be I know for certain it will most likely never be. When looking for awards it is easy to find awards if awarded by Prikaz at the Regimental or Divisional level but it becomes tougher at the Army or Front level and harder still at the Ukaz level. Also these are a lot easier when looking at wartime awards, not so much when they have a new post-war life and are awarded later for wounds that were received in action in the regiment.

The same could be the case for many triple glory recipients, all that harder to find when one is a considerably later wound award, which would be unable to take into consideration the recipient's not yet issued catch-up awards that they are unaware of.

Then again, who said this was easy?
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