Order of Patriotic War

                                            ORDER OF PATRIOTIC WAR - 1st class
                                                                 

This was the first Soviet order established during WW II on May 20, 1942, and was issued in two classes: first class (gold) and second class (silvers).  The 1st class was first issued on July 2, 1942.   A total of 324,903 1st class orders were issued during WW II. The Comprehensive Guide to Soviet Orders and Medals, Paul McDaniel and Paul J. Schmitt. 

Millions of copies of these orders were issued in 1985 to celebrate the 40
th anniversary of the war – but these are just imitation awards given out to all surviving veterans.

This order was issued in several variations as explained below.                                                                               

Early version  of 1st class order (pre-1943):


                                       

Early version of this order hung on a silver attachment with a red ribbon.  The sunburst and hammer/sickle insignia was solid 14 K gold.  The star is silver covered with enamel.  This is the third variation of the 1st version of the order.

Metal content:     8.4 grams of gold and 14.5 grams of sliver.
                                                                            
Serial number:    19617

Year of issue:       1943


Later version of 1st class order (post-1943):  

            

This screw back version was produced from 1943 through 1991.  Although this order was authorized only for WW II service, it was given up to the end of the USSR in 1991.   The gold sunburst star and the hammer and sickle insignia is made of 14 K gold.  The No. 33044 is stamped on the order and recorded in the Order Book.

                           

This soldier also received the Order of the Red Star No. 1594124 which is listed in the respective section of this website.

Metal content:     8.4 grams of gold and 14.5 grams of sliver. 
                                                                            
Serial number:    28873       33044

Year of issue:       1944        1944


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ORDER OF PATRIOTIC WAR - 2nd class

The 2nd class order was first produced in 1942, and by the end of WW II 951,652 of these orders were issued. These orders were manufactured in two variations: initially with a suspension and later without a suspension.    Within these two variations there are also several versions of reverse sides to the order.

The order is all silver except for the solid 14 K gold hammer and sickle.

Metal content:     .3 grams of gold and 21.8 grams of sliver. 
                                                                           

Earliest version of the Order of Patriotic War  - 2nd class

      

The earliest version of this class had the ring loop soldered to the ribbon holder, as shown above,

 

instead of being flexible in a loop. These orders were manufactured for a very limited time in 1942 and numbered less than 700. They are very rare.

  These early issues of the order had a pin soldered to the reverse side.  The 14 K gold hammer and sickle was attached with two rivets as shown in the left photo above.  The Comprehensive Guide to Soviet Orders and Medals, Paul McDaniel and Paul J. Schmitt. 


Metal content:     .3 grams of gold and 21.8 grams of sliver. 

Serial number:     463

Year of Issue:      1942  




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Subsequent early version of the Order of Patriotic War  - 2nd class

                                       
This early version had the order hanging through a loop in the suspension and was manufactured between 1942 and 1943.  They are quite rare.



Metal content:     .3 grams of gold and 21.8 grams of sliver. 


Serial number:    1405

Year of Issue:      1942  

 

 




Later versions of the Order of Patriotic War  - 2nd class

                                              
                                 
The second production version dispensed with the suspension and had a screw attached to the middle which was fastened with a screw plate.  The original screw plates were of silver, but later ones were of steel.
 
               


                                                                         

The photo above illustrates the various reverse sides of the orders below.  The order on the bottom, No. 200457,  is unique because the factory mark was written in script and not stamped as in all other cases.

Serial number:      33044     118893     179934     200457     598614

Year of issue:        1943          1944        1944         1944         1945



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