Russian White Guard Bulak – Balachowicz Cross of Bravery, 1920
Bulak – Balachowicz Cross of Bravery; breast badge, bronze silver plated, obverse enamelled, diam.: 37,2 mm; reverse blank, mark “4 H” and number, with suspension ring and original ribbon. Very attractive badge in old Russian style of St. George’s Cross.
The Ukraine, Petlura and General Bulak-Balachowicz. In an attempt to help set up a non-Soviet Ukrainian State, Pilsudski formed an alliance with the Ukrainian Symon Petlura. A combined force of Poles and Ukrainians made it to Kiev in May, 1920, but could not hold the area. General Bulak-Cross for Valour of General Bulak-Balachowicz. General Bulak-Balachowicz was originally from the Wilno area. He was in the Czarist Russian army until the Bolshevik revolution, when he formed units determined to fight the Bolsheviks. He became an ally of Pilsudski and organized units of volunteers made up of Poles (Belarus ) from the eastern border areas, which fought in Russia against the Bolsheviks. One of the terms of the 1921 Riga peace treaty between Poland and Russia was the removal of official Polish support for any nationalist groups from Ukraine or Bialy Russia. As a result, Petlura lost Polish support and was defeated by the Bolsheviks. General Bulak-Balachowicz remained in Poland after the War. He died in Warsaw in 1940. He was reputed to have organized a undergroung unit in Warsaw to fight against the Germans. On the auction La-Galery in 2005 (auction 6, lot 573) the same badge was estimated for 150 GBR and was sold for 750 GBR ($1500). On auction Gelos the same badge two years ago was sold for $800 (auction 34, lot 189, 2006). Recently on eBay the same medal sold for $1950 – look at the image bellow.
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