Order of Suvorov


Order of Suvorov
Order of Suvorov
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Order of Suvorov
Awarded by the  Soviet Union,  Russia
Status Active
Statistics
Established July 29, 1942
First awarded January 28, 1943
Total awarded 7267
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of Zhukov
Order of the Red Banner (USSR)
Equivalent Order of Ushakov (Naval)
Next (lower) Order of Kutuzov

The Order of Suvorov (Russian Орден Суворова) is a Soviet award, named after Aleksandr Suvorov (1729–1800), that was established on July 29, 1942 (during World War II) by a decision of the Presidium of Supreme Soviet of the USSR. This decoration was created to award senior army personnel for exceptional leadership in combat operations. The Order of Suvorov was broken down into three different classes: 1st class, 2nd class, and 3rd class. Georgi Zhukov became the first recipient of the 1st class Order of Suvorov, on January 28, 1943.

Classes

The 1st class order was awarded to army commanders for exceptional direction of combat operations. It consists of a 55 mm solid platinum star with a 30 mm platinum medallion in the center with the bust of Alexander Suvorov in solid gold over a gold wreath of leaves surrounded by inscription "Alexander Suvorov" in gold Cyrillic letters. On the outer edge of the medallion is a ring of gold with a red enameled inner ring. On the top point of the platinum star is a ruby star surrounded by gold.

The 2nd class order was awarded to corps, divisions, and brigade commanders for a decisive victory over a numerically superior enemy. The 2nd class medal is a 50 mm solid gold star without the ruby star on the top point with a 25 mm medallion that is the same as the 1st class award in the center of the star, but is made of silver.

The 3rd class order was awarded to regiment commanders, their chief of staff, and battalion and company commanders for outstanding leadership leading to a battle victory. The 3rd class medal is the same as the 2nd class medal except that it is made entirely of silver and the inscription is red enameled.

Despite its official criteria, both the first and second class of the order were also sometimes awarded to defense industry executives, as well as designers of various weapons and military equipment.

After the end of the USSR, Russia kept the order.

See also

Awards and decorations of the Russian Federation

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