Russia – Soviet: A Hungarian Campaign Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class awarded to Major of the Administrative Service Ivan Filippovich Popovich, Chief of the Personnel Section of the 33rd Transylvanian Rifle Corps, a recipient of the Order of the Red Banner, two time recipient of the Order of the Red Star, two time recipient of the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class and recipient of the Medal for Combat Merit, he served during the capture of Budapest, the defeat of Operation Spring Awakening, and the Vienna Offensive.
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, 2nd type, flatback reverse, numbered 397014.
Condition: Nearly extremely fine
Major of the Administrative Service Ivan Filippovich Popovich was born in 1912 in the village of Fedunka, Poltava Oblast, he had joined the Soviet Army in 1934 and had served in the Polish Campaign of September 1939, before seeing service in the Patriotic War from the beginning, serving with Southwestern, Voronezh, 1st Ukrainian, 2nd Ukrainian and 3rd Ukrainian Fronts. The recipient of several wartime awards, Popovich received the Order of the Red Star (no.158766) on 18th May 1943 by Order of the 40th Army, The Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class (No.243915) on 14th November 1944 by Order of 27th Army, a Medal for Combat Merit (No.1741730) on 30th April 1945, this award of the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class,
At the time of this award of the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, Popovich was serving as Chief of the Personnel Section of the 33rd Transylvanian Rifle Corps. Originally a recommendation for the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class, it was downgraded by Major of the Administrative Service Zhestov, the Chief of the 2nd Section of the Personnel Department, the original recommendation was as follows:
‘During the combat operations the Corps conducted between 11th November 1944 and 15th April 1945 with the aim of seizing the large Hungarian industrial areas of Miskolc and Budapest, the Corps’s advance towards the Czechoslovak border, the subsequent combat operations aimed at repelling the attacks launched by superior enemy infantry and tank forces near Csecse-Szamantoria (between 9th March and 19th March 1945), the capture of the cites of Szentgotthard and Kormend, the crossing of the Raba River, and the units’ advance towards the Austrian border, Major Popovich put a great deal of effort into replenishing the units with new officers, non-commissioned officers, and enlisted men.
He mustered all personnel of the unit staffs subordinated to him and stirred them up to accomplish their assignments.
He provided Corps and Army Command with accurate information about the number of available troops and weapons. He took measures to promptly decorate those who had distinguished themselves in battle. During the aforementioned period 1389 men were decorated. He took measures to promptly submit performance evaluations required to promote the Corps’s officers to the next military rank. During this period 276 officers were promoted to their next military rank.
Within the units he devoted a great deal of attention to morale building and personal growth and placement of officers.
He carried out all orders and instructions from Corps and Army Command in a timely and meticulous manner.
Through his proper and skilful placement of personnel and by promptly replenishing the units and providing Corps and Army Command with timely information about the number of available troops and weapons, Major Popovich contributed to successful execution of all combat missions.’
Recommended for the award of the Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class by Colonel Skorov, the Chief of Staff of the 33rd Transylvanian Rifle Corps. (and subsequently downgraded as mentioned above)
Post-war he was awarded an Order of the Red Star (no.2939019) and an Order of the Red Banner (no.453170) both of these almost certainly being Long Service Awards. He was also entitled to the Medal for the Capture of Budapest and Medal for the Victory over Germany for his wartime service, he was at one time serving as the Chief of the 3rd Section of the Military Commissariat of the Bershad Raion, Vinnitsa Oblast, Subcarpathian Military District.