Large certificate for Order of the Red Banner of RSFSR,
issued on 4 November 1924 to Commander of the 172nd Rifle
Regiment Ivan Mikhailovich Biryukov. Archivally mounted on
linen and framed.
Outside of frame measures 15 ¼" by 19 ¾". Opening in the
matt is 9 ½" by 13 7/8". This document is among the more
ornate styles, as opposed to plain earlier certificates for
RSFSR Red Banner.
The award was bestowed "for distinction in battles against
the enemies of the Socialist Homeland on 10 January 1921
near the village of Chiryam and on 11 January of the same
year near the village of Kaloboin". Research has thus far
not enabled us to locate these villages; we believe,
however, that they were located in Turkestan. Resistance to
the Bolsheviks was particularly fierce there and lasted for
well over a decade.
The document was signed by the Chairman of the Revolutionary
Military Council of the Republic but his signature has
faded and is no longer visible. The typewritten addition at
the bottom reads: /Decree of the Revolutionary Military
Council #133 LS, 1922 / Serial number of the badge of the
Very good overall condition. Having been regularly carried
about by Biryukov along with his normal identity papers (as
was done by many soldiers in the era), it evidences the same
folds that other surviving documents from this period
sometimes display. The main artwork and the Greek key border
are still clear and attractive. Staple holes on the upper
left corner are outside the artwork. The minor separation at
some of the folds has been completely stabilized by the
/Similar document is shown in McDaniel's "Comprehensive
Guide to Soviet Orders and Medals", page 67, bottom right/.