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Old 12-08-2003, 07:01 AM   #1
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Marshal SU Moskalenko

What can I say - this is the BEST and the most expensive Soviet group I've seen for sale - awarded to Marshal of SU Moskalenko!

It can't get better than this! I wish I had $$$ to buy it...

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"EXTRAORDINARY and IMMENSE Group to Marshal of the Soviet Union Kirill Moskalenko. Includes 6 of his Soviet military orders and 9 decorations of other Communist Bloc countries. Represented among the Soviet awards are the most important military decorations of the USSR: an Order of Suvorov, 1st cl., two Orders of Kutuzov, 1st cl., and two Orders of Lenin. Collection of documents comprises 16 ID cards, 29 personalized greetings, 36 award documents and 31 photos and photo illustrations from his personal archive. Included are also several high quality personalized presentation articles from Marshal Moskalenko's estate.
To our knowledge, this is the most historically significant grouping offered for sale on the open market.


Six Soviet Orders:
Order of Suvorov, 1st cl., #345, May 1945 issue;
Order of Kutuzov, 1st cl., #214, May 1944;
Order of Kutuzov, 1st cl. #322, August 1944;
Order of Lenin, #46050, June 1945;
Order of Lenin, #395024, 1982;
Order of the Patriotic War, 1st cl., 1985 issue.


All Soviet orders are in excellent condition. Order of Suvorov 1st cl. and both Orders of Kutuzov 1st cl. come with certificate of authenticity by Paul McDaniel, author of "The Comprehensive Guide to Soviet Orders and Medals". Condition rating on all three is very high: 8 out of 10.

Nine Awards of Foreign Communist Bloc Countries: Polish Order of Polonia Restituta (Order of Revival of Poland), 2nd cl. commander's neck badge and breast star with neck ribbon and original issue case; Czechoslovakian Medal for the Battle of Dukla Pass, Czechoslovakian War Cross of 1939-1945; Republic of Cuba Medal for 20th Anniversary of the Revolutionary Armed Forces, 1976 (aka "Granma Medal"); East German (DDR) Medal for Combat Cooperation; Bulgarian Medal for 30th Anniversary of Victory over Germany; Medal Commemorating 1300th Anniversary of Bulgaria; Bulgarian Georgiy Dimitrov Centenary Medal. Condition of foreign decorations ranges from very fine to excellent.

Six Badges and Pins: Badge for 50 Years of Membership in the Communist Party, with original issue case; Yuri Gagarin Commemorative Medal, with original issue case, cracked cover of the case, the medal is in excellent condition; Participant's Badge of the 25th Conference of Moscow City Organization of the Communist Party; Honorary Badge (Medal) of the Soviet War Veterans Committee; Badge for 25th Anniversary of Victory over Germany, "VIP" variation in brass; Polish Honorary Badge of First Tadeusz Kosciuszko Warsaw Infantry Division (shows portrait of General Kosciusko with writing "1 WDP" at the top and "Lenino – Berlin" around the center, dates "1943 – 1945" at the bottom; the badge was established in 1946 and issued thereafter, mostly to Soviet and Polish veterans of the division).

Seven Photo ID Cards of Elite Party Organizations: Photo ID of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), 1961 issue, hand-signed by Soviet premier Nikita Khruschev;
Photo ID of the Central Committee of CPSU, 1966 issue, hand-signed by Leonid Brezhnev;
Photo ID of Moscow City Committee (MGK) of VKP(b) [the old Cyrillic abbreviation of the Communist Party, before it was changed to "KPSS" or CPSU], 1949 issue;
Photo ID of Moscow City Committee (MGK) of VKP(b), 1951 issue;
Photo ID of Moscow Regional Committee of CPSU, 1956 issue;
Photo ID of Moscow Regional Committee of CPSU, 1960 issue;
Photo ID of Scherbakov District Committee of VKP(b), 1948 issue.


Nine Various ID Cards: Photo ID of a Participant of the Great Patriotic War, 1980 issue. Hard covered green booklet, of much nicer quality than vast majority of other documents of this type. Hand-signed by Marshal Ogarkov, Chief of Staff of the Soviet Armed Forces, and bears his personal stamps;
temporary War Veteran's ID, 1979 issue - mentions that Moskalenko's position is Deputy Inspector General of the Soviet Armed Forces.
photo ID pass allowing free use of public transportation in Moscow, 1951 issue;
photo ID pass allowing free public transportation anywhere in the USSR, issued by the General Inspection of the Armed Forces, late 1970s;
ID card of an Honor Citizen of the city of Krasnoarmeysk (Donetsk Region), 1972 issue;
three free airline / railway / waterway transportation coupon books (special allowance to Heroes of the Soviet Union), early 1970s through 1980s;
voting mandate of the 18th Moscow Communist Party Organization."
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Old 12-08-2003, 07:04 AM   #2
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Part 2:

"... Ten Award Documents for Soviet Decorations: Order booklet for the 1985 Order of the Patriotic War, 1st cl. (shows award serial number);
document for Medal for the Defense of Kiev, 1962 issue;
documents for the following jubilee medals: 20th Anniversary of Victory over Germany, 30th Anniversary of Victory, 40th Anniversary of Victory; 40th Anniversary of the Soviet Armed Forces (hand-signed by Marshal Malinovsky, then USSR Defense Minister); 50th Anniversary of the Armed Forces, 60th Anniversary of the Armed Forces, 60th Anniversary of the Armed Forces, Lenin Centenary Medal for Military Valor, 1500th Anniversary of Kiev (in hard leatherette cover, much better quality than typical document for this medal).

Five Documents for Mongolian Medals: 30th Anniversary of Victory over Japan, 30th Anniversary of Victory at Khalkin-Gol, 40th Anniversary of Victory at Khalkin-Gol, 50th Anniversary of Mongolian Armed Forces; 60th Anniversary of Mongolian Armed Forces.

Four Documents for Bulgarian Awards: Georgy Dimitrov Centenary Medal, For Strengthening Combat Cooperation, For 1300 Anniversary of Bulgaria, Table Medal for 90th Anniversary of Georgy Dimitrov.

Three Documents for Czechoslovakian Awards: Battle of Dukla Pass Medal, 1959 issue (see the medal among the awards of the Eastern Bloc Countries listed above); Medal for 30th Anniversary of Slovak National Uprising of 1944; Medal for 50th Anniversary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, 1971 issue; Commemorative Badge for Combat Cooperation, 1965 issue.

Three Documents for Polish Awards: document for Order of Polonia Restituta 2nd cl. commander's badge (see the decorations and issue box listed above); 1962 award document for Honorary Badge of First Tadeusz Kosciuszko Warsaw Infantry Division (see the badge listed above); document for Commemorative Badge for Combat Cooperation, 1965 issue.

Two Documents for Other Medals of Eastern Bloc Countries: document for DDR (East German) Medal for Combat Cooperation (Medaille der Waffenbruderschaft - see it listed among the foreign Communist Countries awards above); document for Cuban Medal for 20th Anniversary of the Armed Forces (the "Granma Medal" - see it listed among the foreign Communist awards above).

Nine Award Documents for Soviet Pins and Badges: document for the Badge for 25th Anniversary of Victory (hard covered green booklet, much better quality than regular document for this badge, and serial numbered "00014" - see the badge listed above); document for the Badge for 50 Years of Membership in the Communist Party (bears stamp of the Main Political Department of the Soviet Army and Navy - see the badge listed above); document for Gagarin Medal (issued by the USSR Space Federation in 1981, with citation for "leadership over USSR space exploration programs" - see the medal listed above); document for Badge of Veteran of 1st Guards Army; document for Badge of Veteran of 38th Army; document for the Honorary Badge (medal) of the Soviet War Veterans Committee (see the badge listed above); document for table medal "50th Anniversary of the Soviet Armed Forces"; document for commemorative badge (medal) for 25th Anniversary of the Liberation of Western Ukraine; document for commemorative badge "Lettish Red Rifleman".


Kirill Moskalenko volunteered for the Red Army in 1920, when he was 18 years of age. He distinguished himself during the Civil War and was sent to commanders school. For much of the 1920s, he served in the Cavalry rising from platoon commander to regiment chief of staff. In the 30s, he furthered his military education and by 1938 was given command of an artillery brigade. In 1939 Kirill Moskalenko participated in the war against Finland as commander of artillery in a rifle division. In August 1940 Moskalenko was promoted to major general following his participation in the Red Army's annexation of Bessarabia.

From the start of the war against Germany Moskalenko quickly advanced through the ranks and by the time the battle for Stalingrad commenced he was commander of the 1st Guards Army in the battle to hold that city, and led several bold counterattacks southwest of Stalingrad.

In October 1942 – October 1943 he commanded the 40th Army which played major role during the Battle of Kursk, 1943 offensive in the Ukraine and the battles for the Dnieper line

From October 1943 until the end of the war in Europe Moskalenko commanded the 38th Army. In his push towards the Carpathian mountains, he lead the 38th Army in battles around Kiev, and captured several major cities in western Ukraine. The most notable action was the breakthrough at the Dukla pass into the fiercely defended Nazi Protectorate of Slovakia, on October 6, 1944. Following that spectacular breakthrough, the 38th Army swept into the Moravskaya Ostrava region of Czechoslovakia and triumphantly ended the war in Prague, the last Nazi bastion in Europe (see our photo section for a photo album of the liberation of Prague).

In 1953 Moskalenko was given command of Moscow Military District. In this capacity he played prime role in the Kremlin coup-de-tat following the death of Stalin. He was one of the members of Khruschev's squad of Soviet generals who were sent to arrest Beria, the infamous chief of Soviet secret police and probably the most feared person in the Soviet Union. According to several eyewitness accounts and his own published memoirs it was none other than Moskalenko who put the pistol to Beria's head and ordered him to raise his hands (while Zhukov searched him for weapons). His loyalty to Khruschev during this daring action against Beria, as well as his prior service during the war earned Moskalenko the rank of Marshal of the Soviet Union in 1955.

In 1960-62 Moskalenko commanded the newly formed Soviet strategic rocket forces. During this time he was instrumental in the development of ever more powerful nuclear weapons. He also contributed leadership to the Soviet manned space program (Note: one of the photos in the group shows him sitting at the table between Kruschev and Korolev, chief Soviet space designer, with Gagarin and several other first Soviet cosmonauts during a pre-flight conference). In 1962 Moskalenko became Deputy Minister of Defense. He stayed on active duty in the military until his death in June 1985. "

PRICE - $189,000.00 "
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Old 12-08-2003, 09:40 AM   #3
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Judging from the price I think this group is on consignment.
I personally don't see anyone payng $189,000 for a group that probably costs in the neighborhood of $60,000!!!

Still a hellova group!

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Old 12-08-2003, 10:23 AM   #4
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Part ... next

By the way gentlemen, some of Moskalenko's group is on sale from the other major dealer in New York.

Mostly documents, but still very nice. Looks like an eager buyer will dish out over $200,000 for the *complete* Moskalenko group!

Funny, but if the groups are on consignment, why use two dealers? I am thinking that either Moskalenko's Estate was sold to highest bidders, or the person who bought the whole thing sees advantages between the two dealers as to who could sell what.

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Old 12-08-2003, 11:09 AM   #5
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Here's the man himself:
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Old 12-08-2003, 12:02 PM   #6
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Fantastic group!

Makes you wonder where the rest of his awards wandered off to, doesn't it?

Moskalenko's "wearing copy" HSU stars came out on the market about six months ago. I thought they were BS, but now that everything else is coming out.....

I'm sure there's someone out there with $200 G's to drop on this group!

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Old 12-08-2003, 01:35 PM   #7
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There's also smaller group of documents for Moskalenko around, inclluding his Army Commander ID - I saw it last August.

Looks like his awards were divided by the grandkids and sold separately.

Besides Suvorov 1st cl and 2 Kutuzovs 1st cl, Moskalenko also was awarded with another Suvorov 1st, Khmelnitsky 1st, 2 Hero SU, 5 Red Banners, 5 or 6 Lenins, Service to Motherland 3rd, medals, and plenty of foreign awards.

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It would be an unreal group if someone could track everything down and actually buy them!
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Old 11-20-2004, 03:26 AM   #9
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Sold!!

This exceptional group seems to be sold. He disappeared from the dealer's website...

Any info about this?

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Old 11-20-2004, 04:50 AM   #10
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Sold?!

Maybe the owner got it back since no one was willing to buy it?

Don't be so naive.

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