Medal for Valor, Type 1 Var 3, "Thick" Sub-variation,
#139516, awarded in February 1943 to a Mounted
Reconnaissance Corporal. During a raid behind the German
lines near Kursk, he and his detachment killed 8 Nazi
soldiers and captured 3 wagons with valuable supplies. The
medal is in very fine to excellent condition, much better
than average for a Type 1. Comes with archival research.
Medal for Valor, Type 1 Variation 3, #139516, awarded on 13
February 1943 to Corporal Mikhail Morev.
Silver, lacquer; medallion is 37.2 mm wide. This is the so-
called "Thick" sub-variation measuring approx. 2.8-2.9 mm
thick at the edge. The suspension measures 25.0 mm wide at
the top, approx. 17 mm tall not including the ribbon and the
projection for the connecting link. This medal features an
interesting mistake by the Mint: the first digit of the
serial number was erroneously stamped as "5", and this was
then corrected by stamping the correct numeral "1" over it.
The style of the stamp leaves no doubt that the digit "1" is
In very fine to excellent condition, outstanding for the
Type 1 Medal for Valor. The original lacquer in the letters
has a couple of chips and shows wear to its upper layer, but
most of it still intact. The raised details are very well
preserved and crisp, show only minimal visible wear. There
are some minor dings to the raised edge, but overall the
medal has far less wear than a typical WW2 example.
Comes on original suspension device, complete with all
original parts including the screw post, back plate, hexagon
nut, and mint marked screw plate. The projection of the
suspension is worn thin by the weight of the medal and
friction with the connecting link and it shows a tiny
fracture, but nevertheless remains sound. The ribbon is very
old, but well preserved, and probably original to the medal.
The connecting link is original and has not been cut.
Overall, the medal is a very attractive example.
Mikhail Morev was born in 1914 and prior to the Patriotic
War, worked at a collective farm in the Yelets district of
the Orel Region of Russia (this district is currently
considered a part of the Lipetsk Region). In early 1943, he
had the rank of Corporal serving in the Mounted
Reconnaissance Platoon of the 574th Rifle Regiment, 121st
Rifle Division, 40th Army, Bryansk Front. His division had
been covering the approaches to the city of Kursk since the
fall of the previous year, and it would remain in the area
through the Battle of Kursk half a year later. According to
a short citation in the award decree, Corp. Morev acted
courageously during a recon raid near the village of Zorino
in the Streletsky District near Kursk. He and his detachment
killed eight German soldiers and captured three horse wagons
with ammunition and food stores. It is interesting to see
that the action took place not far from Morev's home in Orel
/ Lipetsk region, just to the north of Kursk.
Research Materials: Xerox copy of the award record card
and award decree containing the citation. Information about
the 121st Rifle Division is available in the Volume VIII
"Red Legions" of the Charles Sharp's "Soviet Order of