Russia – Soviet: An Interesting Order of Glory 3rd Class to Aviation Signaller Vasilii Konstantinovich Moskvin, 4th Separate ‘Order of the Red Banner’ Signal Battalion, for delivering confidential packages on the Karel'sk Front
Order of Glory 3rd Class, 2nd type, numbered 143601
Condition: Nearly extremely fine
Vasilii Konstantinovich Moskvin was born in 1908, in Kalininskii Oblast, he served in the Finnish Campaign of 1939 and was discharged in July 1940, before being recalled on the first day of the Great Patriotic War. Involved in the Defence of Leningrad he became a member of the Communist Party in 1943. He was recommended for this Order of Glory by Major Itskovich of the 4th Separate Signal ‘Order of the Red Banner’ Battalion on 20th June 1944, and it was confirmed by Hero of the Soviet Union Guards Lieutenant General Alferov of the 109th Rifle Corps, Leningrad Front on 28th June 1944
The original recommendation was as follows:
‘For the period of the war operations on the Karel’sk Front, Comrade Moskvin worked as a messenger delivering confidential packages to the collection point. In this work he demonstrated great courage, energy and execution as a soldier. In all conditions he always performed the tasks accurately and in a timely manner. Many of the packages he delivered, with one of his fellow soldiers, under strong fire of enemy artillery, mortars and submachine guns.
But this courageous fighter, under any conditions, at any time and in any situation, put first the performance of all tasks, neglecting the obvious danger to his life while delivering packages of fighting orders to the offensive forces. Frequently he covered a distance of 50 or more kilometres on foot within days.
For courage and valour shown during the timely delivery of correspondence connection sections, Comrade Moskvin is recommended for the high award of the Order of Glory 3rd Class.’
In 1947, Moskvin was Foreman of Rautobskii Settlement in Leningrad Oblast.
A scarce award to an Aviation Signaller for delivering confidential packages under fire.
The Order of Glory was established in 1943 as the highest ‘Soldiers only’ (enlisted men and NCOs) award and was given only for direct combat with the enemy. Its statutes defined 32 specific feats for which the award would be granted