Russia – Soviet: A Long Service award of the Order of the Red Banner to Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Artemyevich Zabermakh, Deputy Commander for artillery affairs and commander of the artillery of the 79thGuards Rifle Regiment, 26thGuards Rifle Division, who saw service in the Red Army from 1936 until at least 1956.
Order of the Red Banner, type 4, numbered 499089
Condition: Nearly extremely fine
Vasily Artemyevich Zabermakh was born in the village of Mozhai, Vetrino Raion, Vitebsk Oblast in 1918 and was of Belarussian nationality. Having attained a secondary education, Zabermakh joined the Red Army in 1936.
It is unclear when Zabermakh’s front line service in the Great Patriotic War began, however we do know that he was the recipient of several other awards whilst serving as the Deputy Commander for Artillery affairs and Commander of the Artillery of the 79thGuards Rifle Regiment, 26thGuards Rifle Division.
The first award Zabermakh was to receive was an Order of the Patriotic War 2ndClass by Order of the Commander of the 1stBelorussian Front on 13thDecember 1944, this most likely for an action in Eastern Poland where the front was fighting and preparing to cross the Vistula River during the autumn of 1944.
Continuing to serve after the war, Zabermakh was to receive a Medal for Combat Merit for 10 years long service on 5thNovember 1946, an Order of the Red Star for 15 years long service on 19thNovember 1951 and this Order of the Red Banner for 20 years long service on 30thDecember 1956. He was also the recipient of a Medal for the Victory over Germany and a Medal for 30 Years of Soviet Army and Navy.
At the time of the awarding of this Order of the Red Banner, Zabermakh was a resident of Apartment 1, 8 Timiryazev Street, Gusev, Kaliningrad Oblast.