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Order of the Red Star, #54859. Battery Commander

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    Default Order of the Red Star, #54859. Battery Commander

    Record card

    Record card of an awardee

    Last name: Yakovlev
    First name: Andrei
    Patronymic: Dmitriyevich
    Rank: Lieutenant
    Position and unit: Battery Commander in the 348th Artillery Regiment, 141st Rifle Division

    Awarded:

    Awarded which order of medal/Date of the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR/Awarded for what
    Order of the Red Star/Order nr. 09/N of August 23, 1942/[Stamp: For the fighting with Germanic fascism]

    [Blue stamp: Award issued]


    Home address: Voronezh Front

    Biographical particulars

    1. Year of birth: 1908
    2. Place of birth:
    3. Party membership and period: Not a member
    4. Nationality: Russian
    5. Period of service in the Red Army: 1937
    6. Award documents are located in file nr.:

    Awards issued:

    Order or medal/Date of issue/Place of issue/Serial number of the order or medal/Number of the award document/Remarks
    Order of the Red Star/September 26, 1942/141st Rifle Division/54859/143517


    Order

    Secret
    Copy nr. 3

    [Pencil note: Voronezh Front; September 4th, 1942]

    Order

    Of the Voronezh Front

    August 23rd, 1942 – Nr. 09/N – Active Army

    On behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR, for the exemplary accomplishment of combat missions in the struggle with the German invaders and the valor and bravery displayed in the process, I award:


    The Order of the Red Star to:

    […]

    30. Lieutenant Andrei Dmitriyevich Yakovlev, Battery Commander in the 348th Artillery Regiment, 141st Rifle Division

    Signed Voronezh Front, General-Lieutenant Vatutin, Members of the Military Committee Corps Commissar Susaikov and Brigade Commissar Kuznetsov, Chief of Staff General-Major Kazakov, Chief of Personnel Lieutenant Colonel Antonyuk, and Personnel Chief Commissar Battalion Commissar Rabetskii on 23rd August, 1942


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    Award sheet

    Last name, first name and patronymic: Yakovlev, Andrei Dmitriyevich
    Military rank: Lieutenant
    Position and unit: Battery commander in the 348th Artillery Regiment, 141st Rifle Division
    Nominated for: Order of the Red Banner
    1. Year of birth: 1908
    2. Nationality: Russian
    3. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1937
    4. Party affiliation: Not a member
    5. Participation in combat (where and when): Took part in the liberation of West Ukraine in 1939; the Finnish campaign; and the Patriotic War, serving on the Western Front from June through October 1941
    6. Wounds and contusions received: Yes
    7. Awards received previously (for which merits): None
    8. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military Commissariat of the Tanasheyevsky Raion
    9. Permanent home address (of the prospective awardee or his family): ______________

    Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:

    Seeing the enemy crossing the Don River near Gremyache on July 5, 1942, he carried out his battalion commander’s orders and moved his battery to an open position. Firing on direct lay he destroyed 2 enemy crossings, 30 trucks, and 3 tanks. The enemy did not seize the eastern bank of the Don River. On July 6, 1942 he destroyed an enemy mortar battery. Comrade Yakovlev showed examples of fortitude, bravery and heroism. The regimental command is of the opinion that Andrei Dmitriyevich Yakovlev deserves this nomination for the Order of the Red Banner.

    Commander of the 348th Artillery Regiment
    Major [signed] /Kurakin/

    Military commissar of the 348th Artillery Regiment
    Battalion Commissar [signed] /Levin/

    Chief of staff
    Senior Lieutenant [signed] /Shilkin/



    I confirm Andrei Dmitriyevich Yakovlev’s deeds and apply for him to be awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

    Division commander
    Colonel [signed] /Tetushkin/

    Division commissar
    Regimental Commissar [signed] /Melnikov/
    July 28, 1942



    He deserves the Order of the Red Banner.

    Commander of the 40th Army
    Lieutenant General [signed] /Popov/

    Member of the Military Council
    Division commissar [signed] /Malanin/
    August 1, 1942



    He deserves the Order of the Red Star.

    Commander of the Voronezh Front
    Lieutenant General [signed] /Vatutin/

    Member of the Military Council of the Voronezh Front
    Corps Commissar [signed] /Susaikov/
    August 23, 1942


    Lieutenant Andrei Dmitriyevich Yakovlev's Order of the Red Star, #54859.
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    Last edited by Bill Garvy; 08-04-2013 at 02:46 PM.

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    A very nice, salty star, Bill!

    I'm confused... did this soldier earn both the Red Star and Red Banner for the same feat?

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    The original recommendation for a Red Banner was downgraded to a Red Star.

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    Ahh, ok! Thanks for clearing that up!

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    Underneath the citation you can see that the regimental, division, and army commanders considered him worthy of a Red Banner, but at front level they decided to give him a Red Star instead.

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    A nice citation!

    Thanks as always for sharing it with it.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Fascinating stuff! Always great to know the background for a bravery award!
    William

    "Much that once was, is lost. For none now live who remember it."

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    Award Card Summary

    Card indicates ethnic Russian Captain Andrei Dmitrievich Yakovlev (141st Rifle Division, 348th Artillery Regiment, 2md Battalion) was awarded the Order of the Red Banner according to unit Order 30/N dated 14.4.43 for unspecified “combat against the German invaders.” He was born in 1908 and a Communist Party member.

    Unit Award Order

    SECRET

    Central Front Order 30/N dated 14th April, 1943

    On behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet USSR, I award the following decorations for exemplary accomplishment of the Command’s missions in the struggle against the German invaders and for having displayed valor and bravery:

    Order of the Red Banner:

    9. Captain Andrei Dmitrievich Yakovlev – Battalion Commander, 348th Artillery Regiment, 141st Rifle Division

    Signed Commander General-Colonell Rokossovskii, Member of the Military Committee General-Major Telegin, Artillery Commander General-Lieutenant of Artillery Kazakov, and Chief of Personnel Lieutenant Colonel Milyakhovskii

    Four copies

    1- 1 to File
    2- 2-4 to Red Army Artillery Main Personnel Directorate

    12.4.1943

    Award Sheet

    [trans: handwritten abbreviation in red grease pencil “Red Banner”]

    1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Yakovlev, Andrei Dmitrievich
    2. Rank: Captain
    3. Duty position: Commander – 2nd Battalion, 348th Artillery Regiment, 141st Rifle Division
    Recommendation for the Order of the Red Banner
    4. Born: 1908
    5. Nationality: Russian
    6. Party membership: since 1942
    7. Previous combat: participant of the Polish and Finnish wars, Western Front since 22.6.1941 and since 4.7.42 on the Voronezh Front
    8. Wounds or shell-shock: wounded
    9. In Red Army: since 1939
    10. Inducted by: Belorussian SSR, Olotskii Regional Military Commissariat
    11. Previous awards: Red Star
    12. Home of record: [trans: entry intentionally obscured]

    Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment

    During offensive fighting near Oskino(?) and Rasseshko(?) he led his battalion in an excellent manner despite difficulties and he spent the entire time among the infantry units in open positions destroying enemy firing positions. During fighting 14.1.43 – 21.1.43 he personally positioned himself along the lead edge of lines and with his guns destroyed 27 firing positions(?) and fifteen bunkers and suppressed seven artillery batteries and five mortar batteries. His personal example motivated the battalion’s personnel to heroic feats. His battalion’s firing destroyed as many as 700 enemy personnel.

    Signed (?), 796th Rifle Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel (?) on 20th January, 1943

    Endorsed Division Commander Colonel Rassadnikov on 2.3.1943

    Endorsed Artillery Commander, 60 Army, Colonel Kosenko on 23rd March, 1943

    Endorsed Artillery Commander, Central Front, General-Lieutenant of Artillery Kazakov on 10th April, 1943

    *Geographic locales and some parts of citation are approximated due to poor handwriting

    Award Card Summary

    Card indicates regimental commander ethnic Russian Major Andrei Dmitrievich Yakovlev (1st Ukrainian Front, 141st Rifle Division) was awarded the Order of Kutuzov III Class according to unit Order 27/N dated 31.1.44 for unspecified “combat against the German invaders.” He was born in 1908 and a Communist Party member.

    Unit Award Order

    SECRET

    1st Ukrainian Front Order 027/N dated 21st March, 1945

    On behalf of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet USSR, I award the following decorations for exemplary accomplishment of the Command’s missions in the struggle against the German invaders and for having displayed valor and bravery:

    Order of Kutuzov III Class to:

    2. Major Andrei Dmitrievich Yakovlev – Commander, 348th Artillery Regiment, 141st Rifle Division

    Signed 1st Ukrainian Front Commander General of the Army N. Vatutin, Member of the Military Committee General-Major Kranyukov, Chief of Staff General-Lieutenant A. Bogolobov, and Chief of Personnel Colonel Antonyuk on 30th January, 1944

    Four copies

    1- Original
    2- 2-3 to Peoples Commissariat of Defense Personnel Bureau
    3- 4 to Editor of “Za Chest Rodiny” (For the Honor of the Motherland) Magazine

    29.1.44

    #387

    Award Sheet

    [trans: handwritten “Kutuzov 3rd Class” and other illegible notations about an Order of the Red Star]

    1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Yakovlev, Andrei Dmitrievich
    2. Rank: Major
    3. Duty position: Commander – 348th Artillery Regiment, 141st Rifle Division
    Recommendation for the Order of Kutuzov III Class
    4. Born: 1908
    5. Nationality: Russian
    6. Party membership: since 1942
    7. Previous combat: Patriotic War 10.7.41 – 8.10.41 and since 4.7.1942 on the Voronezh and Central Fronts
    8. Wounds or shell-shock: wounded 8.10.41 and 16.2.43
    9. In Red Army: since 1939
    10. Inducted by:
    11. Previous awards: Red Star 24.8.1942 and Red Banner in 1943 Central Front 14.4.43
    12. Home of record: [trans: entry intentionally obscured]

    Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment

    The regiment commanded by Comrade Yakovlev displayed high levels of combat qualities, organization, and offensive spirit in offensive fighting from 31.8 through 13.9.43. Excellently integrated with the infantry, he remained beside it and the regiment pursued the retreating enemy without falling behind.

    While retreating across the Seim reiver near Semenovo and Kryzh, an enemy (?) caused the conditions for the artillery to break away from the infantry, yet Comrade Yakovlev’s initiative in organizing the deployment of supply units on boats and rafts across the Seim and he led the crossing to eliminate this threat.

    During the offensive while accompanying the infantry with fire and mounted movement, the regiment caused significant losses to enemy personnel and equipment. More than 300 enemy soldiers and officers were killed, 250 enemy soldiers and officers were dispersed and partially destroyed, in addition three cannons, sixteen heavy machineguns, eight loaded cards, two observation posts were destroyed, eight artillery batteries were suppressed, one tank destroyed and nine tanks dispersed.

    During the entire offensive Comrade Yakovlev situated himself in the most essential sectors and personnel directed the fire supporting the infantry.

    Comrade Yakovlev is deserving of the Order of Kutuzov III Class.

    Signed Artillery Commander, 141st Rifle Division, Colonel Lebedevich on 14th September, 1943

    Endorsed Commander, 141st Independent Guards Rechitskaya Red Banner Destroyer Anti-Tank Artillery Brigade RGK, Guar Rifle Division, Colonel Rassadnikov on 14th September, 1943

    Endorsed Commander, 30th Rifle Corps, General-Major Lazko on 21st September, 1943

    Endorsed Artillery Commander, 60th Army, General-Major of Artillery Kosenko on 15th October, 1943

    Recommended upgrade to Order of Kutuzov II Class by 60th Army Commander General-Lieutenant Cheryakhovskii and Member of the Military Committee General-Major (?)lenin on 30th November, 1943

    Awarded the Order of Kutuzov III Class by 1st Ukrainian Front Order 027/N dated 31st January, 1944, signed Personnel Section 3rd Section Chief Major of Administrative Services Sazhienko


    As was pointed out to me, and as evident in the research, he went from Lieutenant to Major, from Battery Commander to Battalion Commander to Regimental Commander in a period of about 18 months, indicative of casualty rates.

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    Another great star Bill, I especially like its worn and abused look it really makes you think what the recipient must have gone through whilst wearing it.

    As an aside, how many of these do you now own.

    Regards

    Robin

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    Thank you, Robin, but I think we do not "own" these awards, we merely "lease" them for a time. The relationship is merely custodial, certainly not permanent. As an esteemed collector colleague told me, "ultimately the awards only belong to those awarded them. We are finite and fleeting, the awards are eternal. . ."

    As I have said before, one can never have too many Red Stars.

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