Russia – Soviet: A Czechoslovakia Theatre Order of the Red Star awarded to Guards Captain Ivan Ivanovich Kalininchenko, 6thGuards Mortar Battalion for his part in breaching the enemy defences on the Hron River and the subsequent assault on the city of Bratislava during which his unit destroyed 10 firing positions, 2 warehouses, 4 wooden bunkers, several carts of military equipment and killed or wounded 250 enemy soldiers during the initial bombardment.
Order of the Red Star, type 2 without screwplate, with flared edges numbered 2548115
Condition: Good very fine
Ivan Ivanovich Kalininchenko was born in the village of Ostapye, Velikaya Bagachka Raion, Poltava Oblast during 1919. Having attained a Higher education, he served in the Red Army from July 1941 until October 1946, and saw action during the Great Patriotic War, receiving two decorations, the first of which was an Order of the Red Star issued by Order of the Artillery Commander of the 2ndUkrainian Front on 21stSeptember 1944 (and mistakenly noted as an Order of the Patriotic War 2ndClass on his award sheet). This was to be followed in June 1946, by this his second Order of the Red Star by Order of the 7thGuards Army for the following act whilst serving as a Guards Captain:
‘Serving as Deputy Chief of the Operations Section during the preparatory phase preceding the decisive offensive aimed at breaching the enemy defences on the Hron River, as well as over the course of the actual combat operations, comrade Kalininchenko efficiently and promptly checked if the subordinate units executed the divisional staff’s combat orders and instructions. As a result, the brigades promptly assumed a combat position and opened fire at the enemy in time. Thanks to his selfless effort and his regular inspections, all orders issued by the Commanding Officer were conveyed to the brigades in a timely manner. Comrade Kalininchenko organised the staff’s efficient and orderly duties. Through his tireless and painstaking efforts he contributed to the successful outcome of the operations conducted in March, which were aimed at crushing the German-Fascist invaders.
On the night of April 2 to 3, 1945 during the preparations for the assault on the city of Bratislava, comrade Kalininchenko selected firing positions for the brigades within a short amount of time and under enemy mortar, rifle, and machine gun fire and arranged topographical surveys. In spite of the fact that the brigades had just finished marching, he immediately led the brigades to their firing positions, in time for them to get ready and fire a salvo at the enemy pockets of resistance. This salvo destroyed 10 firing positions, 2 warehouses, 4 wooden bunkers and several carts containing military equipment, 250 enemy soldiers were killed or wounded.
For the bravery and courage he displayed he deserves the Order of the Red Star.’
Signed by the Chief of the Operations Section of the 6thGuards Mortar Battalion, Guards Captain Makarov.
Subsequently after the war, Kalininchenko was unemployed and living at apartment 2, 27 Vekovaya Street, Moscow.