Order of Suvorov, Type I, III Class (Variation I)
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This Order was established on July 29, 1942 by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. It was named after the military leader Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov (1730-1800), who never lost a battle. The name was used to rally Russian soldiers during the Second World War, when it was going badly for the Russian forces.
The III Class medal was awarded to regimental, battalion and company commanders, as well as regimental chiefs of staff. It was conferred for decision-making in a bold attack against a superior enemy and destroying him; for stubborn resistance against a superior enemy's attack, involving both the able holding of his unit's position and an effective transitions to the attack. All Order of Suvorov decorations have hand-engraved serial numbers at the 5 o'clock position on the reverse.
The Type I, III Class is made of silver and enamel, in the shape of a five point star and is constructed of three or four pieces. All III Class measure between 30-31 mm from star tip to tip. The reverse of this decoration does not have a hole in the reverse and the center medallion is secured to the star piece by three rivets. This class has two variations.
Variation I has a stickpin reverse, and serial numbers range from 185 to 639. Variation II does not have a stickpin reverse, and serial number range from 640 to 1,298.
The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Alexander Suvorov".
III Class decorations are commonly faked. They can often be identified by investigating the enamel, which should be transparent and orange or light red instead of opaque and brownish or pinkish. Many known fakes are slightly too small, measuring 29-29.75mm from between adjacent star tips.
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