The 5th Don Cossacks Cavalry Regiment Cross.
Known Makers – Unmarked.
Of the six regimental commanders Kononov was the only non German. From this brief background of the history of the Cossacks it is possible to conclude that due to the rarity of the badge and the lack of photograph evidence of wear of the cross, it was possible that the cross was to recognise original members of the 5th Don Cossack Cavalry Regiment who deserted in 1941. But it must be asserted that this theory is purely supposition.
The 5th Don Cossacks Cavalry Regiment Cross - Reverse- Fake.
The 5th Don Cossacks Cavalry Regiment Cross - Commemorative Restrike.
These are thought to have been made as a commemorative piece in the late for former members of the Brigade. They are hard to come by.