Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky, Type I, III Class (in silver)
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The Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky was instituted on October 10, 1943 by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. This Order was instituted during the Ukrainian Liberation of 1943 by Nikita S. Khrushchev, who convinced Stalin of the award's validity. It was named for the Ukrainian leader Bogdan Mikhailovich Khmelnitsky (1595-1657).
This Order was largely awarded to officers and men engaged in the liberation of Ukraine. The Ukrainian front had the largest number of partisan units operating in its area and it is the only order with statutes covering specific partisan activities as an eligibility factor in receiving the award.
The III Class medal was conferred upon privates, sergeants, officers, commanders of partisan detachments, and partisans, in recognition of: initiative and decisiveness by a small unit commander in conducting operations that significantly hinder the enemy or capture a population area; resourcefulness displayed by a partisan detachment commander causing enemy losses; personal initiative and courage in completing combat missions. The III Class was awarded to 5,306 individuals and 216 units.
The Type I, III Class is made of silver and is constructed from three pieces. This class is significantly smaller than the other classes, measuring 28mm from larger tip to larger tip. The serial numbers range from roughly 400 to 2,600, the lowest witnessed being 402 and the highest 2,563.
The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Bogdan Khmelnitsky".
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