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Combat awards of the Russian Federation. Order of Zhukov

In the spring of 1994, four new state awards appeared in Russia that could be awarded for military merit. Among them was the Order of Zhukov. He stood apart from other awards, as originally conceived as a combat, but in fact was awarded only to veterans of the Great Patriotic War. This order is awarded only to military personnel from among the highest and senior officers. A distinctive feature of the order is that it is worn on the right and not on the left side of the chest, such as, for example, the Order of Merit for the Fatherland, the Order of Courage, or the Order of Military Merit. The Order was established by presidential decree of 9 in May 1994.

The statute of the order was changed in 2010. If at the institution it was considered as a veteran award, now officers can be awarded to them for modern merits. Also, the order may be awarded to individual military units. According to the statute, only top and senior army officers and fleetwho were awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union or awarded orders for excellence in command and control of troops during military operations during the Great Patriotic War. The award could be received by the commanders of the fronts, armies, fleets, flotillas, as well as their deputies, chiefs of staff, operational departments and divisions, chiefs of arms of the troops of the fronts and armies, commanders of corps, squadrons, naval bases, divisions, brigades.

At present, the highest and senior officers of the Russian army can be awarded the Order of Zhukov from the division commander (brigade) and higher for merits in the development and successful conduct of large-scale operations during the period of hostilities for the defense of the Fatherland. Naturally, this award was not given to the officers of the modern Russian army, and this is the case when it is for the best.

Combat awards of the Russian Federation. Order of Zhukov

Total Order Zhukov 103 was awarded. Among the veterans of the Great Patriotic War and 100 military units awarded with the Order of 3. All veterans were honored with this award from 1995 to 1998 year. From 1998 to 2011, there were no awards. Rewarding the Order of Zhukov is made on the basis of a presidential decree. Rewarding can be made posthumously.

The first award ceremony was held on 25 on April 1995 of the year. On this day, a group of the first 15 veterans of the Great Patriotic War was awarded. 1995 was awarded to veterans in 75, 1996 in 19, 1997 in 4, and 1998 in 2. Among the awarded units of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation are: the 10-I separate special-purpose brigade of the Defense Ministry of Russia (awarding 5 of August 2011 of the year) 46-I separate brigade of operational designation of the MIA of Russia (awarding 10 August 2011 of the year); 201-I Gatchina twice Red Banner military base (award 3 October 2012 of the year, the last at the moment awarding the Order of Zhukov).

The author of the sketch of the new award is the national artist of Russia Valery Balabanov. Externally, the award is a quadrangular silver base with oval sides, four shields and relief fines. Shields stand up for the base and are placed on it in the form of an equiduclear cross. The distance between the opposite ends of the cross is 50 mm, between the opposite corners of the base - 45 mm. Shields are made of silver with gold and covered with ruby ​​enamel. In the central part of the award there is a silver medallion with gilding, having a diameter of 24 mm, this medallion is covered with blue enamel. At the top of this medallion around the circumference there is a gilded inscription "George Zhukov". On the medallion itself there is a bold relief image of Marshal Zhukov - silver with gilding. Below it is bounded by oak and laurel branches.

Awarding the Order of Zhukov 10-th separate brigade of special purpose MO RF

On the back of the order there is a threaded pin with a nut for attaching the award to the clothes. A silk moire ribbon with a width of 24 mm is relied on the order. Along the edges of this tape there are two strips of golden color (the width of each is 6 mm). In the center of the tape are three bands: white, blue and red (width of each 4 mm). When awarding the Order of Zhukov military units badge of the Order and the tape to it are attached to the banner of the unit on its front side. At the same time, the width of the ribbon on the banner is already 100 mm.

Curious detail: the image of Marshal Georgy Zhukov on the badge of the order has an error. The commander is depicted on the award in uniform of April 1945, but with 4 stars of the Hero of the Soviet Union. At the same time, this uniform was canceled in the 1955 year, and the commander received the last fourth star of the Hero on his anniversary in the 1956 year.

Based on free sources.
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Combat awards of the Russian Federation. Order "For Military Merit"
Combat awards of the Russian Federation. Order of Zhukov
Combat awards of the Russian Federation. Medal of Honor"
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  1. drop
    drop 21 March 2014 08: 22
    Dear readers of "VO", there is also the State Prize of the Russian Federation named after Marshal of the Soviet Union G.K. Zhukov. In 2013, my enterprise nominated one work for this award on military equipment, which was adopted by the Russian Navy. This system is also exported. We are waiting for the results of the competition. I am among the authors. And a lot is connected with the life of this legendary commander. At least the defense of Leningrad in 1941. In the article "Crisis Month in the Defense of the City" I told you a lot about his work on the Leningrad Front. I have the honor.
  2. brn521
    brn521 21 March 2014 10: 59
    the image of Marshal George Zhukov on the badge of the order has an error. The commander is depicted in an award in his uniform sample of April 1945, but with 4 stars of the Hero of the Soviet Union.

    There is just nothing surprising. The whole story about Zhukov was constructed relatively late. Zhukov is primarily a politician who held his nose in the wind. He crossed over in time to the anti-Stalin camp, became a hero. I wouldn’t go over in time, I would become an antihero, I would hang dogs on him and write off all the failures, regardless of the reasons.
    In general, adapted well. The end of the career is somewhat blurred, but compared to the troubles that were avoided, this is a trifle. It is for such merits that this order should be issued :). Those. prosharennyh high-ranking staff, but not ordinary veterans of the Second World War, who did not climb into all this policy.
  3. Klibanophoros
    Klibanophoros 21 March 2014 15: 10
    Faceless and uninteresting, like all the awards of the Russian Federation, which, moreover, are not awarded by statute. Chechen "heroes" of Russia have been making jokes for a long time.
  4. creak
    creak 21 March 2014 19: 03
    The establishment of this order is an absolutely unnecessary and absurd undertaking, besides, the author of the sketch has changed his taste, if he certainly has one ... Reminds one of the anniversary badges that many of our veterans wear. But the Soviet order of Alexander Nevsky, in my opinion - is really a masterpiece, the design is thought out and worked out to the smallest detail - it is a pity that it is not in the chapter of modern Russian awards ....
    1. VKabanov
      VKabanov April 1 2014 10: 03
      The Soviet Order of Alexander Nevsky is really stunningly beautiful.

      I saw it on the banner - it looks amazing on Kumach. In Russia there is the Order of Alexander Nevsky - take an interest.
  5. Leader
    Leader 21 March 2014 23: 52
    Zhukov - the commander is still ... Not the figure to affirm the order in his honor.
    Profanity of the state award. And manufacturing is just like a souvenir badge.
    1. VKabanov
      VKabanov April 1 2014 10: 04
      Everything is debatable. The order in six months will look completely different, the gold will fade a little, and the silver will darken.
  6. brn521
    brn521 22 March 2014 16: 30
    Well, Duc Soviet orders from the very beginning profanity. In fact, such a name did not just appear. This was not an award sign, but a sign of belonging to the circle of the elect, to the order. And it was the highest members of the order who decided whether or not to accept the next candidate. Organization in general, and the pendant itself is a sign of belonging. To the candidate, first you need to somehow stand out so that you are noticed in the order. For example, a serious feat to accomplish. Then make an entry fee. And by the way, the sign itself often had to be bought by myself. But then you get the necessary connections, and not one, if the order supports you. And after the revolution, what orders already? Is that the communist party. So this profanity with orders went. And in general, mowing moments, in the same Second World War, if the order is lost or stolen, a new one will not be issued.
    1. VKabanov
      VKabanov April 1 2014 10: 06
      Are you a 18th century nostalgic freak mason?
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  8. brn521
    brn521 April 8 2014 10: 33
    Quote: VKabanov
    Are you a 18th century nostalgic freak mason?

    Well, yes, the 18th century will also come to a certain extent. Peter the Great refused to accept any foreign junk, such as the Order of the Garter. And he instituted the Order of St. Andrew the First-Called. A momentous moment, becoming the holder of the Order of the Garter formally obligated the service of the English crown. The English monarchs diligently assimilated it to their foreign colleagues. It was not accepted to refuse, and many Russian tsars accepted such orders.
    In general, our orders are now ordinary badges, issued according to simple and often unwritten, but understandable rules. For example, in the Second World War, many staff officers refused to make submissions for awarding if the distinguished person as a result received more awards than this officer. Then they began to struggle with this, in particular, they introduced a layout, a certain number of awards for the unit.