Order of the Patriotic War 2nd class #798567
Awarded to Private Sergej Ivanovich Gololobov (Сергей Иванович Гололобов)
For repairing 27 line cuts at Reetz and Altdamm (border Germany and Poland) under enemy artillery and mortar fire. His effort assisted the battery commander in continuous and efficient artillery fire which resulted in the destruction of several enemy troops and guns
Made of solid silver, gold and enamels. The order measures 44.41 mm in width, 45.62 mm in height and weighs 27.3 grams without its screwplate. Its serial number and mint mark are located on the bottom of its reverse.
In excellent condition with crisp details and light overall wear to both the hammer and sickle and the silver base. The red and white enamels are beautiful and without repairs and showa couple of tiny dings ans scratches only. The order comes with its original, time period screwplate and its screw has not been shortened.
Brief and specific description of the personal feat or merits:
Private GOLOLOBOV exhibits courage, bravery, and steadfastness in the struggle against the German invaders.
In the enemy defence breakthrough operation near Reetz on 01 March 1945, he was present directly among the fighting formation of the attacking rifle units. He provided uninterrupted wired communication line towards the battery commander. During the day of the battle, operating under enemy artillery and mortar fire, he repaired 12 line cuts.
All the GOLOLOBOV’s effort assisted the battery commander in continuous and efficient governance of the artillery fire, which resulted in the following damage to the enemy: 2 machine-guns, 1 anti-tank cannon, and up to 15 troops destroyed, 1 mortar battery suppressed. Thanks to this effort, the attacking rifle units of 151 [Guards] rifle regiment were successful in breaking through the enemy defence and capturing the town.
On 15 March 1945, in an enemy defence breakthrough operation south-east of town Altdamm, he supervised and ensured impeccable functioning of the telephone wire line between the battery commander’s observation post and the firing positions. He repaired up to 15 line cuts during the day of the battle, while operating under enemy fire. His effort assisted the battery commander in continuous and efficient governance of the artillery fire. On that day, the artillery battery destroyed 2 machine-guns, 1 anti-tank cannon, and up to 20 troops; suppressed 1 mortar battery.
Thanks to uninterrupted communication lines and timely opened artillery fire at the enemy targets, the supported 311 rifle division broke through the enemy defence and exploited the initial success. He deserves state award order “PATRIOTIC WAR II CLASS”.
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More info on Private Gololobov can be found here
Also included in the picture gallery are:
- two articles on the Altdamm battle
- the combat diary of the 52nd Guards Rifle Division of March 1st 1945 at Reetz
- the combat diary of the 511th Howitzer Artillery Regiment on March 1st 1945
- a battle map of the 311th Rifle Division on March 15th 1945 at Altdamm
- a battle map of Reetz in 1945
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