Russia – Soviet: A Scarce confirmed NKVD related Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class to Pavel Nikolayevich Maltsev, a Squad Leader in the 3rd Independent Sapper Battalion, 21st NKVD Motorised Rifle Division, for his role in laying mines under fire near Uritsk, a suburb of Leningrad 1942, his actions resulting in a wounding that led to the amputation of his right leg below the knee, and thus being declared unfit for further military service.
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, type 2, flatback reverse, numbered 806133
Condition: Good very fine
Pavel Nikolayevich Maltsev was born in the village of Lyapunovo, Pavlokovo Rural Municipality in Myaska Raion, Vologda Oblast during 1910, he served in the Red Army from June 1941 when he was called up by the Military Commissariat of the Myaska Raion, his initial posted was with an independent technical engineer battalion of 8th Army from 27th June until 1st August 1941, there then appears to be a short break in service before his next appointment in the 3rd Independent Sapper Battalion, 21st NKVD Motorised Rifle Battalion from 20th September 1941 and 8th October 1942, becoming a candidate member of the Communist Party in August 1944. Maltsey was the recipient of only a Medal for Victory over Germany, and this award of the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class which were both awarded to him on 6th August 1946.
This award of the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class was one of a number given to wounded soldiers who received no other combat awards, suffered severe wounds and ended up being invalided from the Red Army as a result.
At the time of the award Maltsev was a Squad leader in the 3rd Independent Sapper Battalion, 21st NKVD Motorised Rifle Division, Leningrad Front, the citation for which was as follows:
‘During the fighting for the city of Uritsk (a suburb of Leningrad) in October 1942, Sergeant Maltsev served as a squad leader in the 3rd Independent Sapper Battalion, 21st NKVD Motorised Rifle Division, Leningrad Front. Carrying out his commander’s orders, he mined a sector in front of our troops’ line of defence after an enemy artillery strike. As he was laying mines, the enemy spotted our sappers and opened a devastating fire with all its firepower. Nevertheless, the squad did not stop working, and even though 6 of his squad’s men were taken out, squad leader Maltsev completely restored the damaged minefield. While performing this task comrade Maltsev was severely wounded in his right shin, which caused a bone fracture. He was evacuated from the battlefield to a hospital, where his right leg was amputated below the knee. Upon his recovery he was discharged from the Red Army and declared unfit for military service, in accordance with Article 65, Section II, which deals with illnesses, of Order of the People’s Commissar of Defence Nr.336 from 1942.
The above is based on his oral testimony. His being wounded has been confirmed by a note issued by Evacuation Hospital nr.91.
For his service in battle during the liberation of the motherland from the German-fascist invaders, in the course of which he suffered a severe wound, I apply for comrade Pavel Nikolayevich Maltsev to be decorated.’
Originally a recommendation for the Medal for the Combat Merit, this was eventually upgraded to an Order of Patriotic War 2nd Class.
As a result of the wound suffered on 8th October 1942 by Maltsev, he was to have his right leg amputated and was thus discharged from the Red Army. After the war he was serving as Chairman of the ‘Obyedineniye’ (unification) Kolkhoz, Pavlokovo Rural Municipality, Myaska Raion, Vologda Oblast, and was living in the village of Lyapunovo, Pavlokovo Rural Municipality, Myaska Raion, Vologda Oblast.
Scarce confirmed NKVD Rifle Division Award with Citation.