Russia – Soviet: A Reduction of the Kamenets-Podolsky pocket Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class to Junior Lieutenant Vasily Romanovich Revyakin, a Platoon Leader in the Submachine-gun Company of the 460th Rifle Regiment, 100th Rifle Division, who saw action from early in the Great Patriotic War being twice wounded.
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, type 2, flatback reverse, numbered 156415
Along with a small group photograph.
Condition: Good very fine
Junior Lieutenant Vasily Romanovich Revyakin was born in 1912 in Stalino, he had been taking part in the Patriotic War since 19th July 1941, he went on to see service with the Voronezh Front and then with 1st Ukrainian Front, he had been wounded on 19th October 1941, and again on 17th August 1943 as part of the Voronezh Front’s liberation of Belgorod and Kharkov.
During the period the recommendation covers the unit was taking part in the Proskurov-Chernovitsy Offensive which attempted to encircle the 1st Panzer Army against the Carpathian Mountains and resulted in the Kamenets-Podolsky Pocket, which was also known as the Hube Pocket after the Commanding Officer of the 1st Panzer Army. As a result of this offensive the 1st Panzer Army lost nearly all its heavy equipment, even though the majority of its men eventually managed to escape the encirclement. The Offensive led to the cutting of the Lvov-Odessa railway which caused supply problems to the Army Group South, as all its supplies subsequently required transporting the long way through the Balkans and the poor rail network in Romania. It was as a result of his actions in the fighting in the Kamanets-Podolsky area that Revyakin was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, whilst serving as a Platoon Leader in the Submachine-Gun Company of the 460th Rifle Regiment, 100th Rifle Division, 106th Rifle Corps, the recommendation for the award was as follows:
‘During the offensive operations comrade Revyakin showed himself an audacious and courageous commander. Together with his platoon he inflicted heavy losses upon the enemy. For instance: during the fighting for the village of Yaltushki-Podlesnoye on 24th March 1944, comrade Revyakin and his platoon fought off 2 enemy attacks, and during the fighting for the village of Pogoreloye on 30th March 1944 he fought off several enemy counterattacks, killing as many as 20 Germans in the process. He personally killed 4 German soldiers and 1 officer’
Recommended for the award of the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class by Major Kitavstev, the Commanding officer of the 460th Rifle Regiment on 15th May 1944.
An interesting award to an officer involved in the fighting around the Kamanets-Podolsky pocket.