The Order was established April 6th, 1930 in recognition of outstanding services in the defense of the Soviet Union -either in war or in peace time- and can be awarded to officers and men of all armed forces or to separate units. It can also be awarded to collective civilian bodies. The award criteria werd established on May 5th 1930 by order of the Presidium of the
Central Executive Committee of the USSR. The first exemple was issued on May 13th 1930 to the civil war hero V.K. Blukher.
The badge consist of a pentagonal red star; in its center a soldier of the Red Army bearing a rifle with fixed bayonet. The figure is surrounded by a circular inscription, in Cyrillic: 'Proletarii vsekh stran soedinyaites' (Workers of the world, unite). Beneath are the initials C.C.C.P. (U.S.S.R.) and an image of a hammer and sickle. The decoratrion is worn without a ribbon, the service ribbon is dark red moiré with a central gray stripe.
Until the introduction of the 'Irreproachable Service Medal' this Order was frequently issued to commemorate a jubilee.
A number of types are in existence, the most important differences being the various mint marks. There is also a duplicate badge which was issued after loss or theft of the original badge. Duplicates had their serial numbers removed and replaced by the number of the missing specimen.
The award document was provided as a standard booklet with a red, hardcover.
The different versions can also be devided according there numbers. The numbers themselves can be placed in years of awarding.
Total vieuw of awarded decorations on numbers for each year (WW2 included):
On base of the type as far as known:
Type 1: Goznak Mint: 205-754
Type 2: No Mint: 1053-1649
Type 2: Mondvor Mint, large and curved: 2647-7821
Type 2: Mondvor Mint, small and curved mark: 8664-10428
Type 2: Mondvor Mint, medium and curved mark: some in the 8700 series
Type 2: Monetny Dvor early Mint with ring around base of screw, 11849-319702
Type 2: Monetny Dvor early Mint without ring, 265992-556842
Type 2: Monetny Dvor Mint with curved ends, 529486-3831218
Type 2: Replacement examples Monetny Dvor Mint gnumber higher then normal
Type 3: Monetny Dvor Mint with three rivets: 24702-28263 (produced between 1941 and 1942)