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Order of Suvorov
Order of suvorov medal 1st class.jpg
Order of suvorov medal 1st class
Awarded by the  Soviet Union,  Russia,
Type 3 grade order
Eligibility Military officers
  • 1st Class - Commanders of Fronts (Army Groups) and Armies
  • 2nd Class commanders of Army Corps, Divisions and Brigades
  • 3rd Class commanders of Regiments and Batalions, Cheifs of staff of Regiments, company commanders
Awarded for exceptional leadership in combat operations leading to victory
Status Active
Established July 29, 1942
First awarded January 28, 1943
Total awarded 7267
Next (higher) Order of the Red Banner (USSR), Order of Zhukov (Russia)
Equivalent Order of Ushakov (Naval)
Next (lower) Order of Kutuzov
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Ribbon of the Order of Suvorov (1st class)

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.



The 1st class order is 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 is 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 is 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.

Medals and Ribbons

First Class Second Class Third Class
Order of suvorov medal 1st class.jpg Order of suvorov medal 2nd class.jpg Order of suvorov medal 3rd class.jpg
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See also

Awards and decorations of the Russian Federation

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