Awarded to group and army commanders, as well as to members of their staff for outstanding achievements in directing military operations. The badge consists of a pentagonal star made of gold with radiating beams of silver between the points. The disc in the center is of white enamel surrounded by a wreath of laurel and oak, at the bottom a red banner is woven into the wreath. On the disc is an image in gold relief of Michael Kutuzov with a Kremlin tower in the background, the tower ending in a red star. The image is flanked by the inscription Michael Kutuzov, in Cyrillic on a white band bordered in silver.
Two types are known. The early 1st Type hung on a small suspension. The 2nd Type soon replaced the 1st Type and has a screwback. The 2nd Type has versions where the parts are connected with three or five rivets.