Order of Suvorov, Type II, III Class (in silver)
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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.
The Type II, III Class or "Three-rivet screwback" was a transitional medal from Type I to Type III and was in production from 1943 to 1944. It has the same three rivet construction as Type I, Variation II, but the ring at the top of the order is missing and a screwpost is soldered onto the center of the reverse. The Monetny Dvor mint mark is stamped in two lines on the arm of the reverse top point of the rayed star. No serial number data exists for this Type II, III class decoration.
The obverse Russian inscription translates to: "Alexander Suvorov".
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