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A small question - who can give me an approximate production date for a Red Banner serialled 223004?

Thanks.

Auke

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Auke:

Without references handy, I'd say it's a May-June 1945 award.

You can check the "serial number" thread that's pinned at the top of this forum to get a more precise date. It's well worth researching! :beer:

Dave

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Hi Auke,

i agree with Dave, it was probably awarded around May 1945. There is a good chance, that this is not a Long-Service award, so i also recommend to get it researched.

all the best,

Gerd

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I LOVE that sticky :love: Must have overlooked it. Research is a totally new (and expensive) world for me, but I will reconsider it.

Here he is:

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Ferdinand,

Research is worth every penny!!! You won't be disappointed. Ask for everything...Award card, Citation(s), Service Record with service record picture. I have one group I'll post that has a biography of the Lt. Colonel. If you don't read Russian get the translation. I am like a kid on Christmas Day when a packet of research arrives.

:beer: Doc

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Thank you for your enthousiastic reply Doc. I have taken the first step and contacted the researcher. I can't wait for the results...

Perhaps a mod can move this topic to the 'Research' Forum? :rolleyes:

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Today I received a very extensive reply from our researcher. I asked for everything he could find. The research would take about two - three months. I can't wait...

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After over 30 months of waiting, I have written off my (our) previous researcher. So I asked Marco, and he had results in 5 days.

First, the award record card:

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Translation:

Order booklet nr. A-667407

1. Last name: Korchev

2. First name and patronymic: Ivan Ivanovich

3. Military rank: Major

4. Sex: Male

5. Year of birth: 1917

6. Place of birth: Penza Oblast, Sosnovoborsk raion, village of Shkudim

7. Party membership: VKP(b) member since 1939

8. Education: Secondary

9. Nationality: Russian

10. In the Red Army since: Since 1939

11. Place of service and duty position at the time of the awarding: 2nd Mortar Brigade - deputy battalion commander for political affairs

12. Current place of service and duty position: 18th Howitzer Artillery Brigade - deputy battalion commander for political affairs

13. Home address of awardee: Penza Oblast, Sosnovoborsk raion, village of Shkudim

14. Record of all awards presented:

- Order of the Red Star, nr. 270027, temporary certificate nr. 1111388, by Order of the commander of the artillery of the Bryansk Front nr. 22 of 10 September 1943

- Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, nr. 182356, temporary certificate nr. D-258364, by Order of the commander of the artillery of the 1st Belorussian Front nr. 0125 of 22 September 1944

- Order of the Red Banner, nr. 223004, temporary certificate nr. E-240086, by Order of the commander of the artillery of the 1st Belorussian Front nr. 0184 of 21 April 1945

- Order of the Red Banner, nr. 260219, temporary certificate nr. Zh-706065, by Order of the commander of the artillery of the 1st Belorussian Front nr. 0212 of 4 June 1945

- Medal for the Victory over Germany, without number, certificate nr. Zh-0230106, by Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of 9 May 1945

Signature of the awardee [signature]

Acting commander of the 18th Howitzer Artillery Brigade

Colonel [signature] /Belousov/

4 December 1946

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The award sheet:

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Translation:

1. Last name, patronymic and first name: Korchev, Ivan Ivanovich

2. Military rank: Major

3. Duty position, unit: Deputy battalion commander for political affairs, 135th Mortar Regiment, 2nd Red Banner Mortar Brigade, 6th Mozyrsk Red Banner Breaktrough Artillery Division of the Reserve of the High Command

Recommended for: Order of Lenin

4. Year of birth: 1917

5. Nationality: Russian

6. Party membership: Member of the VKP(b) since 1939, party membership card nr. 4558155

Participation in the Civil War, the following combat actions for the defense of the USSR (where, when): In the Patriotic War since 27 July 1941. Western Front from July 1941 to November 1941, Bryansk Front from June 1943 to September 1943, Belorussian Front since Januari 1944

8. Suffered wounds or contusions in the Patriotic War: Wounded on 15 August 1941, wounded on 25 November 1941

9. In the Red Army since: Since 5 September 1939

10. Drafted bu which RVK: Sosnovoborsk RVK, Penza Oblast

11. Which earlier awards: Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class by Order of the commander of the artillery of the 1st Belorussian Front nr. 0125 of 22 September 1944, Order of the Red Star by Order of the commander of the artillery of the Bryansk Front nr. 22 of 10 September 1943

12. Home address: Penza Oblast, Sosnovoborsk raion, village of Shkudim. Father: Ivan Yakovlevich Korchev.

Brief description of personal feat or merits:

On 11 March 1945, near the village of L?chentin, 1 kilometre south of the Baltic coast, a group of German infantry of up to 2000 men broke through our infantry and broke into the combat formations of the battalion. Deputy battalion commander for political affairs Major Korchev, being located at the firing position, prepared his personnel for repulsing the attack of the German infantry with side arms and grenades.

Around 10:00 o?clock on 11 March 1945, forward observers, sent ahead by comrade Korchev, opened fire on the attacking Germans and reported to the firing positions that large German forces were located at a distance of 400 metres.

Together with Major Gavrilov, comrade Korchev ordered the spotters to shoot with the main charge over open sights, and the rest to prepare for repulsing the attack with side arms. When the Germans were at a distance of 100 metres, he sent his soldiers into the attack, after having shot 10 German soldiers himself with his submachine gun and having killed 5 Germans with a well-aimed grenade throw into a group of enemy soldiers. The enemy attack was repulsed. Up to 80 enemy soldiers and officers were killed. After 10 minutes a new group of Germans of up to 700 men from the Junker Berlin Naval Aviation School broke into the firing positions of the battalion. Major comrade Korchev arose with his entire stature from the entrenchment and with a voice full of will and confidence he shouted: ?Comrades, not a step back! We will die, but not retreat!? The soldiers, inspired by the courageous example of comrade Korchev, engaged the enemy hand-to-hand, killing 92 Germans.

During this battle, comrade Korchev personally killed 6 German soldiers and 1 officer.

On 12 March 1945, after having resupplied bullets and grenades, comrade Korchev organized the companies from his battery and went to the assault of the firing positions. He beated the Germans out of the village of L?chentin and went to the coast of the Baltic Sea after having retaken the previous position.

For personal courage, displayed in organizing a strong defense, and for training his personnel, fearless comrade Korchev is deserving of the governmental award ?Order of Lenin?.

Deputy commander of the 135th Mortar Regiment for political affairs

Major [signature] /Marchenko/

19 March 1945

Deserves to be awarded the governmental award ?Order of Lenin?.

Commander of the 135th Mortar Regiment

Lieutenant Colonel [signature] /Smirnov/

19 March 1945

Deserves to be awarded the governmental award ?Order of Lenin?.

Deputy commander for political affairs of the brigade and chief of the Political Section of the 2nd Red Banner Mortar Brigade

Lieutenant Colonel [signature] /Ovchinnikov/

20 March 1945

Deserves to be awarded the governmental award ?Order of Lenin?.

Commander of the 2nd Red Banner Mortar Brigade

Colonel [signature] /Vashchenok/

20 March 1945

Deserves to be awarded the governmental award ?Order of Lenin?.

Chief of the Political Section of the 6th Mozyrsk Red Banner Artillery Division of the Reserve of the High Command

Colonel [signature] /Kryuchkov/

22 March 1945

Deserves to be awarded the governmental award ?Order of Lenin?.

Commander of the 6th Mozyrsk Red Banner Artillery Division of the Reserve of the High Command

Colonel [signature] /Zernov/

24 March 1945

Deserves to be awarded the governmental award ?Order of Lenin?.

Chief of the Political Directorate of the 1st Belorussian Front

Lieutenant General [signature] /Galadeyev/

4 March 1945

Major Ivan Ivanovich Korchev deserves to be awarded the order ...

Commander of the artillery of the 1st Belorussian Front

Colonel General of Artillery [signature]

V. Kazakov

April 1945

By Order of the commander of the artillery of the 1st Belorussian Front nr. 0184 of 21 April 1945 awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

Senior chief of the Personnel Section of the staff of the commander of the artillery of the 1st Belorussian Front

Lieutenant Colonel of Administrative Service [signature] /Vasilyev/

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And his entry in the Prikaz:

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Translation:

26. Major - Korchev, Ivan Ivanovich - Deputy battalion commander for political affairs in the 135th Mortar Regiment, 6th Breakthrough Artillery Division of the Reserve of the High Command

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His service history:

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Some notable details from his service record:

Ivan Ivanovich Korchev was born on 6 October 1917. After having attended 7 classes of highschool in 1932, he went to medical school in Kuznetsk in 1935. He worked as a medical assistant before joining the army on 1 September 1939.

He was at the Finnish front from December 1939 to March 1940. In that month he went to the Smolensk Military Political School, where he passed in May 1941. In the Great Patriotic War, he was with the Western Front from June 1941 to June 1943, with the Bryansk Front from June 1943 to January 1944 and with the Belorussian Front from Januari 1944 to May 1945.

He was wounded twice: he was lightly wounded on 13 August 1941 near Mogilyov and severely wounded in January 1942 near Vyazma.

In addition to the awards mentioned on this ARC, he was also awarded a Capture of Berlin, Liberation of Warsaw, and 30 Years Soviet Army and Fleet Medal.

In 1950 he attended the University of Marxism-Leninism.

He was married Valentina Fyodorovna (born in 1918), with whom he had two children: Oleg, born in 1947, and Nikolai, born in 1949.

Promotions:

- Junior Politruk: 2 June 1941

- Politruk: 8 August 1941

- Senior Politruk: 28 October 1942

- Captain: 28 November 1942

- Major: 16 December 1944

- Lieutenant Colonel: 27 April 1954

Assignments:

- Cadet in 62nd Artillery Regiment, Western Military District ? 1 September 1939

- Gun commander / deputy Politruk at the Finnish Front, 497th Howitzer Artillery Regiment, 164th Rifle Division ? 1 January 1940

- Cadet at the Military Political School of the Red Army named after Molotov, city of Smolensk ? 30 May 1941

- Military commissar of a battery in the 633rd Howitzer Artillery Regiment, 160th Rifle Division, Western Front ? 2 June 1941

- Military commissar of a battalion in the 479th Howitzer Artillery Regiment, 137th Rifle Division, Western Front ? 9 October 1941

- Wounded in an evacuation hospital, city of Ulyanovsk ? 1 February 1942

- Deputy chief of military medical train nr. 1048, evacuation point nr. 1, Western Front ? 20 November 1942

- In the reserve of the Political Directorate of the Western Front

- Deputy commander for political affairs of a battalion in the 135th Mortar Regiment, 6th Breakthrough Artillery Division of the Reserve of the High Command, Bryansk Front ? 16 February 1944

- Deputy commander for political affairs of a battalion in the 18th Howitzer Artillery Brigade, 6th Breakthrough Artillery Division of the Reserve of the High Command, Group of Soviet Occupational Troops in Germany ? 25 July 1946

- Deputy commander for political affairs of a battalion in the 299th Artillery Regiment, 40th Independent Rifle Brigade, Gorky Military District ? 3 December 1947

- Deputy commander for political affairs of the 347th Independent Destroyer Anti-Tank Artillery Battalion, 277th Rifle Division, Maritime Military District, 28 November 1950

- Deputy commander for political affairs of the 25th Independent Anti-Tank Battalion, 47th Rifle Division, 5th Army, Far Eastern Military District ? 29 April 1955

- Transferred from the Soviet Army to the reserve ? 15 July 1955

Military commissar of the Krasnoperekop Raion

Lieutenant Colonel [signature]

Chief of the 3rd Section

Military commissariat of the Krasnoperekop Raion

Major [signature]

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I found the quote in the citation pretty cool. And judging by the recommendations in the long chain of command, it seems he was really close to getting a Lenin...

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Glad you got results!

It seems the commissars looked out for each other in award proposals, since that was no Lenin ciatation. If he'd been some ordinary Lieutenant, I bet he'd have gotten a Red Star.

Couldn't ask for more complete data! :jumping: :cheers:

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Major comrade Korchev arose with his entire stature from the entrenchment and with a voice full of will and confidence he shouted: "Comrades, not a step back! We will die, but not retreat!"

Uraaaaaaaaaaa!!! :violent:

Just awsome! :lol:

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Holy Cow!!!! :speechless1:

He was lucky to survive the "meat-grinder".

Ever read the poem "killed somewhere near Vyazma"?I had to read it in college Russian 101.

It is haunting-hundreds of thousands of nameless Soviet lads killed in brutal wave attacks to relieve Moscow.

Uurraaaaaaaah!.

Wonderful GROUP!!!

Now THAT is a GREAT Soviet grouping; THAT is what Soviet collecting is all about! :cheers:

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What a great citation!

How did you get the ORIGNAL citation and documents?!

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How did you get the ORIGNAL citation and documents?!

I don't have the actual documents; Marco's and Alexei's researchers make photos in the archives, not xeroxes. Major pros of this method are that these photos are in high resolution, making translating easier, and of course the awardee photos are much nicer.

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Great account and citation.

"group of Germans of up to 700 men from the Junker Berlin Naval Aviation School"

Could this be Luftkriegsschule 2?

Formed 1936 in Berlin-Gatow as Luftkriegsschule Berlin-Gatow, partly from Kriegsschullehrgang Marineschule M?rwick

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