I make no apologies for publishing this on the 69th anniversary of this document – it is the day Sasha received it!
I suppose there is a case for having left it til the 70th anniversary, but knowing me I could have easily lost it by then!
Much of this post is guess work (as this is one that Smiles has not had translated!) but we seem to have added reason for the admiration of Sasha and his wartime exploits.
The Order of the White Eagle is described here, and it would appear that it also existed in Poland though I think that due to his work in former Yugoslavia it would be the Serb one.
It would, I guess, be linked to the (now stolen) watch shown here.
I apologise for the large chopped off sections, my scanner can’t cope!!
The document is very imposing…
…and even better is that we have his ‘badge bar’ showing the award
though sadly it would appear that the full size ‘gong’ has gone astray.
It would be good to someday discover what he actually did. All his correspondance to home is in Russian and I hesitate to bother Smiles with the translation of about 100 letters. I will publish some more soon – provided the scanner keeps up!
The search continues and more will be posted, but he certainly seems to have got around.
Yours, diablog, medallion man
PS. Is there anyone out there who knows about medals?
Here is the whole ‘dress bar’ – it would be fun to know what each one was for. As he is unfortuneatly dead he would, I believe, had qualified for the new Arctic Convoy medal – maybe I will have to spend some time at Kew to find out.