Researched Soviet Order of the Red Banner #64464
Awarded to Lieutenant Ilya Petrovich Dmitriyev (Илья Петрович Дмитриев)
Awarded for bravery and fearlessness in removing hundreds of mines while being under enemy fire!
Made of solid silver and enamels. Measures 41.09 mm in height and 36.61 mm in width. It weighs 23.8 gram. The serial number and the mint mark are located at the 6 o’clock position of its reverse.
The order is in nice but worn condition. The enamel shows the usual damage on the top red banner and two arms of the center red star. The white enamel and the enamel on the lower red banner however is all present. The higher laying parts show medium wear but most details are still present. The order has not been converted to a suspension type and the screwpost is full length. It comes with its time period silver screw plate.
Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:
“Attached to the 454th Rifle Regiment, Lieutenant Dmitriyev and a group of sappers numbering 15 men cleared 5 minefields in front of the enemy’s front line in a timely manner. Under his personal supervision, over the course of two days, up until the end of August 4, the following mines were removed; 680 PMD-6 wooden anti-personnel mines, 400 POMZ-2 anti-personnel fragmentation mines, and 245 YaM-5 antitank mines.
On the night of August 4 to 5, 1943, he cleared passages through the enemy minefields. At a distance of 30-40 meters from the enemy’s front line, he was spotted by the enemy, but in spite of heavy enemy fire he inspired his troops, through his personal fearlessness, and ensured that the combat mission could be accomplished in a timely manner, without his group suffering casualties.
On August 5, under heavy enemy fire, Lieutenant Dmitriyev himself helped a group of tanks get through the passages in the minefields without sustaining any losses.
Through his fearlessness; inspiring his troops through personal example; Lieutenant Dmitriyev ensured that the infantry and tanks could get through the minefields in the 454th Rifle Regiment’s zone of advance without suffering any losses.
For the bravery and fearlessness he displayed in combat with the German invaders, Lieutenant Dmitriyev deserves to be awarded the Order of the Red Banner.”
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