Russia – Soviet: A good Lvov Offensive Defence of the Battalion Telephone Headquarters to Reserve Master Sergeant Konstantin Pavlovich Karchevsky, the head of a Radio Transceiver of the 473rd Artillery Regiment, 99th Rifle Division, 46th Army, 3rd Ukrainian Front, for killing 10 German soldiers who had appeared out of the forest to attack his position.
Order of Glory 3rd Class, type 2, variation 1 numbered 316801
Condition: Good very fine
Konstantin Pavlovich Karchevsky, a Belarussian national, was born in the city of Osipovichi, Bobruisk Oblast during 1915, initially serving in the Red Army between October 1937 and October 1940, before again seeing service between March 1942 until November 1945.
A participant in the Winter War against Finland in 1939-1940, he was awarded the Medal for Combat Merits on 15th January 1940.
Having left and rejoined the Army, Karchevsky was to serve with the Southern Front from 3rd September 1942, with whom he was wounded on 20th November 1942, possibly in the counterattack to the south of Stalingrad, which formed the southern wing of Operation Uranus, which led to the eventual encirclement and destruction of the German Sixth Army.
After his recovery, Karchevsky was to be awarded the Medal for Bravery by Order of the 473rd Artillery Regiment on the 20th May 1944, and then subsequently this Order of Glory 3rd Class by Order of the 99th Rifle Division on 27th August 1944, whilst the Head of a Radio transceiver of the 473rd Artillery Regiment, 99th Rifle Division, 46th Army, 3rd Ukrainian Front, the award carrying the following citation:
‘During the breakthrough of the enemy defence zone and during the fighting for the towns of ___tkuv, Verkhobuzh and Gutta Penyatskaya in the Lvov Oblast he organised the radio communications. Continuously supporting the communications with the batteries he assured the ability of the battalion commander to lead the battalion’s artillery fire, as a result of which our infantry advanced successfully.
On July 18, 1944 in the village of Guta Verkhobuzhskaya in the Lvov Oblast, a group of German submachine gunners, which had appeared out of a forest, attempted to attack the battalion’s central telephone station. Having mobilised a signals platoon for the defence, comrade Karchevsky successfully repulsed the German attack, killing up to 10 soldiers. He deserves the Order of the Red Star.
Signed by the Regimental Commander Major Shkurat.
Karchevsky saw out the war, seeing action in the siege and capture of Budapest and in the capture of Vienna, receiving the medals for both of these events.
After the war Karchevsky was working as the Manager of a technical junction office, section for Belarussian Railway movements, city of Osipovichi, Bobruisk Oblast, he was living at 34 Garbatovksy Street, city of Osipovichi, Bobruisk Oblast.