Order of Kutuzov, Type II, II Class (Variation I)


SKU: 01.SRU.0121.102.01.000

  •  Type II, II Class Medal (Variation I)
  •  Type II, II Class Medal (Variation I)

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  • Country
  • Makers
    Monetny Dvor, Lenningrad
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Obv: Михаил Кутузов
  • Size


The I and II Class of Order of Kutuzov were established on July 29, 1942 by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. The III Class was established on February 9, 1943 and has a separate statute. The order was designed by N.I. Moskalyov.

This Order was established as a high-ranking award for officers. It was named after the Russian Field Marshal Mikhail Illarionovich Kutuzov (1745-1813), who fought against Napoleon. The name was used to inspire Russian patriotism during the Second World War. Nearly all Orders of Kutuzov were conferred during the Second World War, however several were awarded for the 1956 invasion of Hungary.

The II Class medal was conferred upon corps, division, brigade commanders, and their chiefs of staff, for a number of criteria, which were: for persistence in holding off an attack from a superior enemy and retaining existing positions, using a number of different tactics; for decisiveness in a difficult situation bringing about destruction to an enemy; for a defence of an occupied position; for organization of a friendly force's battle against a superior enemy that causes enemy losses.

Type II, II Class is extremely similar to the Type I, the only difference being the small ring at the top has been removed and the silver screwpost is soldered to the center of the reverse. There are two variations.

Variation I has a hole in the reverse which measures 20mm in diameter. It employs the same three rivets that Type I does. The lowest serial number observed is 391 and the highest is 1,363.

Variation II is the same as Variation I, but uses five rivets instead of three. The lowest serial number observed 1,820 and the highest is 3,346.

The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Mikhail Kutuzov" .


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