Russia – Soviet: A Liberation of Estonia and Latvia Medal for Courage awarded to Reserve Private Pavel Ivanovich Ivanov for his part in capturing the cities of Ostrov and Pskov, and defeating a German counter-attack in the area of Riga, he appears to have previously seen service as a member of the Partisan forces.
Medal for Courage, type 2, variation 1, reverse numbered 3356664.
Condition: Good very fine
Reserve Private Pavel Ivanovich Ivanov was born in Batino, Porkhov Raion in 1907, he had joined the Red Army on 12th March 1944 and served with the 2nd Baltic Front as a Rifleman in the 2nd Motorized Rifle Battalion, 9th Molodechno Red Banner Guard Mechanized Brigade, he was twice wounded, firstly on 8th May 1944, and again on 18th April 1945. The award for his Medal for Combat Merit was made on 23rd June 1945, the recommendation being as follows:
‘Comrade Ivanov took part in the capture of the cities of Ostrov and Pskov and the liberation of Soviet Estonia and Latvia. Comrade Ivanov distinguished himself through his bravery and perseverance. When the German Forces encircled at Riga attempted to break out of the encirclement, comrade Ivanov and a group of fellow troops fought off 3 fierce German attacks.
Comrade Ivanov was also involved in the fighting with the Germans as part of a partisan detachment.
For the bravery he displayed in battle he is being nominated for the Medal for Courage.’
Ivanov was also awarded the Medal for Victory over Germany, and after the war was living at Apartment 37, 1 Kazachya Street, Leningrad, and was working as a Caretaker at the 2nd Medical Institute, 1 Kazachya (Cossack) Street within the City of Leningrad.
An interesting award to somebody who had seen service with the partisans, who were particularly active behind the northern and central armies of the Wehrmacht