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Order of the Red Star, #813617, 1st Baltic Front

Article about: Award Card Order Booklet V 943375 1. Last name: Mavrichev 2. Name and patrionymic: Mikhail Aleksandrovich 3. Rank: Major 4. Gender: Male 5. Birthyear: 1920 6. Birthplace: Novgorod Obl. Okulo

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    Default Order of the Red Star, #813617, 1st Baltic Front

    Award Card

    Order Booklet V 943375

    1. Last name: Mavrichev
    2. Name and patrionymic: Mikhail Aleksandrovich
    3. Rank: Major
    4. Gender: Male
    5. Birthyear: 1920
    6. Birthplace: Novgorod Obl. Okulovskii Region, village of Malo Krestovo
    7. Party membership: since 1944
    8. Education: mid-level
    9. Nationality: Russian
    10. Time in Red Army: since 11.1939
    11. Place of service at awarding: Student – Military Engineering Academy named after V.V. Kuibyshev
    12. Place of work at present: same
    13. Home address: St. Nakhavino(?), Military Base, Bldg. 1, Apt. 8
    14. Awards:

    Designation Serial Number Awarding Organization

    Patriotic War II 498.354 Zeeland Group of Forces dated 10.4.45

    Red Star 813.617 1st Tank Corps dated 11.7.44

    Red Star 3.378.258 Edict dated 26.10.55

    Victory over Germany Medal Edict dated 9.5.45

    Victory over Japan Medal Edict dated 30.9.45

    Capture of Koenigsberg Medal Edict dated 9.6.45

    30th Anniversary of Soviet Army & Navy Medal Edict dated 22.2.48

    Verified by Deputy Chief of Personnel Red Banner Military Engineering Academy named after V.V. Kuibyshev Lieutenant Colonel S. Kurtikov on 20th December, 1955

    Unit Award Order


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    [trans: stamped “1st Baltic Front”]

    First Red Banner Tank Corps Order 05/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 the Red Star to:

    15. Senior Lieutenant Mavrichev, Mikhail Aleksandrovich - Platoon Leader, 57th Independent Motorized Pontoon-Bridge Battalion

    Signed Commander, 1st Red Banner Tank Corps, General-Lieutenant of Tank Forces Butkov and Corps Chief of Staff Colonel Skripka

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    Dated 10.VII.44

    Award Sheet

    1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Mavrichev, Mikhail Aleksandrovich
    2. Rank: Senior Lieutenant
    3. Duty position: Platoon Leader – 57th Independent Motorized-Tank-Bridge Battalion
    Recommendation for the Order of the Patriotic War II Class
    4. Born: 1920
    5. Nationality: Russian
    6. Party membership: yes
    7. Previous combat: since 22.06.41
    8. Wounds or shell-shock: n/a
    9. In Red Army: since 21.11.39
    10. Inducted by: Akulovskii Regional Military Commissariat
    11. Previous awards: n/a
    12. Home of record: [trans: entry intentionally obscured]

    Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment

    Senior Lieutenant Mikhail Aleksandrovich Mavrichev has been in the battalion since September, 1941. As a platoon leader he has proven himself a bold, talented, and motivated commander. He has displayed major organizational abilities and personal bravery while constructing bridges under enemy fire. Comrade Mavrichev exceptionally excelled during the Western Dvina River forced crossing and actions at the village of Uzreche. For two days Comrade Mavrichev removed a swamp and mud from a motorpool and despite the difficulties delivered the 159 Brigade’s tanks to the fording site on time. Due to his excellent work Comrade Mavrichev the tanks left for the crossing in 9-11 minutes.

    When the crossing site was completed, an enemy aviation raid caused holes on the pontoon, but Comrade Mavrichev quickly ameliorated the damage and work on the fording site was done in an exacting manner. Comrade Mavrichev worked for three days without rest and displayed exceptional dedication and bravery while fulfilling missions during the Western Dvina river crossing.

    He is deserving of the Order of the Patriotic War II Class.

    Signed Battalion Commander, Lieutenant Colonel (?)ovich on 30th June, 1944

    Endorsed 1st Tank Corps Engineer Colonel Marin on 6.7.1944

    Endorsed 1st Red Banner Tank Corps General-Lieutenant of Tank Forces Butkov on 8th July, 1944

    Senior Lieutenant Mavrichev, later Major, Mikhail Aleksandrovich's Order of the Red Star, #813617.
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    Last edited by Bill Garvy; 06-01-2013 at 01:06 PM.

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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, #813617, 1st Baltic Front

    Thanks Bill. I always enjoy reading the citations.

    Cheers, Ade.
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    Default Re: Order of the Red Star, #813617, 1st Baltic Front

    You're welcome, Ade, I have some more "interesting" ones I will be posting soon. . .

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    It's that kind of dedication which won the war for the Soviets and Western Allies. Very nice citation and star. I look forward to your others!

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