Friday, 27 February 2009

Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky 1st class

The Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, in Russian Orden "Bogdana Khmel'nitzkovo" was commissioned on 10th October 1943.

The Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky 1st class was awarded to army commanders who directed successful combat campaigns that led to both extremely heavy enemy losses and the liberation of a Soviet town or city.

In total there were only three hundred and twenty three Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky 1st class awarded. Of those that won this award quite a few went on to become a Marshal of the Soviet Union, these included Petr Kirillovich Koshevoi who fought in the battle of Leningrad and Sergei Semenovich Biriuzov who led his unit and helped crush the German 6th army in the siege of Stalingrad.

The first class order is silver with a gold star sitting behind the main award and a gold central plate depicting Bogdan Khmelnitsky.

Type 1 – Variation one – Almost never available and collectors will never have a chance to purchase one. This variation has three rivets on the back either side of the central pin and the serial number below the central screw back.

Type 1 – Variation two – Almost never available and collectors will never have a chance to purchase one. This variation is the same as variation one except that it has two rivets, one on the left and one on the right of the central screw back.

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