Russia – Soviet: A Defence of Leningrad Order of Glory 3rd Class to Reserve Private Timofei Mikhailovich Zhuravlev, who saw service with a Rifle Division and was wounded on three occasions, once at the outset of the siege in September 1941, and twice in 1943 whilst defending the encircled city against German Attacks in the southern districts of Schlisselburg and Kolpino.
Order of Glory 3rd Class, 2nd type, numbered 362232
Condition: Good very fine
Timofei Mikhailovich Zhuravlev was born 1909 in Kalimensk oblast, Brusovsk Region, City of Fofanovo, he served in the Red Army between October 1931 and October 1933. He then rejoined the Red Army on 31st July 1941 and served with the Leningrad Front, with whom he was wounded on 10th September 1941 during the German attempt to encircle and capture the city. The siege continued throughout 1942 and 1943, the Soviets opening a land corridor in the Schlisselburg area on the South West corner of Lake Ladoga during Operation Iskra in 1943. Heavy fighting continued in this area throughout the year as the Germans bombarded the corridor and attempted to recapture it in an attempt to close off the supply corridor. He was awarded the Order of the Red Star on 7th March 1943. Later in the year, in September 1943, Zhuravlev was wounded in the fighting around Schlisselburg in August 1943, and finally was severely wounded in Kolpino just to the south Leningrad on 9th December 1943. It is possible that this wound saw the end of his active service on the front line, the award of his Order of Glory being issued by order of the 67th Army on 26th May 1945:
Recommendation for the award of the Order of Glory 3rd Class:
‘Comrade Zhuravlev participated in battles from the first days of the Patriotic War – in the battle in the region of Roisha, in association with the 3rd Rifle Division, 3rd Rifle Regiment, as a machine gunner in the 2nd Machine Gun Company. On 10th September 1941 he was seriously wounded in the face area, with the loss of an eye and contusions of the legs. In August 1943, in the region of Schlisselburg, in association with the 120th Rifle Division, he was wounded in the right foot, and on 9th December 1943, in the region of Kolpino he received a severe shrapnel wound of the left foot.
Comrade Zhuravlev currently works as a storekeeper on the Economic Staff of the Army, where he demonstrates that he is disciplined, honest and conscientious.
For actively participating in the battles against the German invaders he is recommended for the award of the Order of Glory 3rd Class.’
He was also entitled to a Medal for the Defence of Leningrad, and a Medal for Victory over Germany. After the war he served as a Carpenter at Leningrad Machine Construction Works, and was living at apartment 5, house 15, Torriama Square, Priliusk Region in Leningrad.
The Order of Glory was established in 1943 as the highest ‘Soldiers only’ (enlisted men and NCOs) award and was given only for direct combat with the enemy. Its statutes defined 32 specific feats for which the award would be granted.