Order of Glory, Type II, II Class
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The Order of Glory was established on November 8, 1943. The Order was conferred upon enlisted ranks and Air Force junior lieutenants in recognition of gallantry during combat. The Order of Glory was created as the highest soldier's award, and the Order of Victory was established as the highest officer's award. The Order was originally to be called the Order of Bagration, after the famous Russian General from the early 1800s, however, Stalin changed the name to "Glory."
The third class was the first to be awarded, and if a person distinguished themselves further they would be awarded the second class, then the first. Individuals who were awarded all three classes of the Order of Glory were known as a "Cavalier" and had the same privileges and status as the Hero of the Soviet Union. Four women and four men were designated cavaliers of all three orders.
There is only one type of I class, three types of II class, and two types of III class. There are several variations in each type. The order is a five-pointed star with a depiction of the Spassky Tower in the center medallion. All Orders of Glory measure 24-25mm from the center of the award to any point on the star. There are no mint marks on the order because it is a two sided order.
The II Class could be awarded by army and front commanders. By 1989, 46,473 people were awarded the II Class.
The Type II, II Class was made thinner than all other II and III class Orders of Glory. This Type II is 1-1.5mm thick while most are 1.75-2mm think for most III class. The obverse center medallion is gold-plated. The serial numbers for this medal range from roughly 700-19000.
The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Glory". The reverse features the Russian letters of the USSR.
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