Russia – Soviet: A Fine and Interesting Kerch Naval Brigade Order of Glory 3rd Class awarded to Guards Private Aleksei Kirillovich Plakhotniuk, 1075th Rifle Regiment, 316th Rifle Division, awarded for carrying messages in the Kerch Bridgehead and for subsequent hand to hand fighting in German trenches in front of Sevastopol. He had previously been wounded on 27th September 1943, and was awarded a Medal for Combat Merit, and was later awarded an Order of Glory 2nd Class for crossing the Dnieper River.
Order of Glory 3rd Class, reverse numbered 70897
Condition: Good very fine
Guards Private Aleksei Kirillovich Plakhotniuk was born in Svoboda in the city of Piatogorsk, he became a member of the Communist Party and joined the Red Army in 1943. Serving with the 1075th Rifle Regiment, 316th Rifle Division, he was wounded on 25th May 1943 and again on 27th September, the latter date for which he was also awarded a Medal of Valour:
‘For Valour in the battle for the station Gopubidkan. Under the fire of the enemy on 27th September 1943, Plokhutniuk fulfilled the military mission. He was outstanding under heavy fire and in the moment of the battle mission he was wounded, but he did not leave and completed the mission.’
After recovering from his wounds it appears that Plakhotniuk joined the 255th ‘Order of the Red Banner’ Naval Rifle Brigade, and it was whilst serving with this unit that he was awarded his Order of Glory 3rd Class:
‘Private Plakhotniuk A.K., of the 255th ‘Order of the Red Banner’’Tamansk’ Naval Rifle Brigade, fought in the battles from February 1943 to February 1944. In the battle of the city of Kerch, and on the route to the city of Sevastopol, Comrade Plakhotniuk was brave and resolute. He carried messages during the battle. On 24th April 1944 he performed, with a group of soldiers of the 142nd Battalion, the first break through of the enemy trenches, where in hand-to-hand combat they destroyed nine enemy soldiers. In this action he himself destroyed three Hitlerites. Recommended for the high government award of the Order of Glory 3rd Class’.
Remaining with his unit, now retitled 225th Separate Rifle ‘Tamansk’ ’Order of the Red Banner’ ’Order of Suvorov’ Naval Brigade, Plakhotniuk was awarded the Order of Glory 2nd Class in an order dated 14th September 1944:
‘Comrade Plakhotniuk took part in the battle of the February 1943 to 28th March 1944. With the 255th Separate Rifle ‘Tamansk’, Order of the Red Banner, Order of Suvorov Naval Brigade.
During the battle in the crossing of the Dnieper River he demonstrated bravery and heroism. In this battle he killed three Germans and took five prisoners.
In the battles in the region of the village of Tatar-Buka with his submachine gun he killed 18 soldiers and officers’
Plakhotniuk continued to serve through the remainder of the war, he was also awarded the Medal for Defence of the Caucasus and the Medal for Victory over Germany.
The Order of Glory was established on 8th November 1943 as the highest “soldier’s only” - enlisted men and NCO’s award, and was given only for direct combat with the enemy.