Russia – Soviet: An excellent Order of Glory 3rdClass awarded to Private Mikhail Yevgenyevich Novikov, a Scout in the 52ndGuards Rifle Regiment, 17thGuards Rifle Division awarded for the fighting near Vitebsk on 26thJune 1944 where he and a group of soldiers cut the Vitebsk-Beshenkovichi Road, preventing a German transport column from withdrawing, taking 7 prisoners and capturing 18 horses.
Order of Glory 3rdClass numbered 557372
Condition: Good very fine
Private Mikhail Yevgenyevich Novikov, a Scout in the 52ndGuards Rifle Regiment, 17thGuards Rifle Division was born in the village of Pyatino, Inza Raion, Ulyanovsk Oblst in 1923, and joined the Red Army in March 1942, seeing service from the 20thApril, he was subsequently wounded (slight) on 3rdMay 1942, wounded (slight) on 8thJanuary 1943 both with the Kalinin Front, and then suffered a slight contusion on 5thJanuary 1944 with the 3rdBaltic Front, before his papers note him suffering a 4thwound (slight) with the Kalinin Front on 11thMarch 1944, however this final wound is most likely to have taken place in the previous year, with Kalinin Front becoming 1stBaltic Front in October 1943. The vast majority of these wounds would have occurred in the fighting around the town of Velikiye Luki.
Novikov was to receive two awards, the first an Order of the Red Star by Order of the 17thGuards Rifle Division on 27thApril 1944 when he would have been serving in Belarus.
During the summer of 1944, 17thGuard Rifle Division took part in Operation Bagration, the offensive that was to destroy Army Group Centre, it was for his involvement in the opening days of this offensive and the cutting off the lines of retreat for the German divisions trying to escape the Vitebsk encirclement that Novikov was awarded the Order of Glory 3rdClass by Order of the 17thGuards Rifle Division on 5thSeptember 1944 with the following citation:
‘During the fighting with the German invaders near the village of Butrimovo (Vitebsk Raion, Vitebsk Oblast) on June 26 1944, he and a group of 6 fellow soldiers were the first to cut off the Vitebsk-Beshenkovichi Road, thus preventing a German transport column from withdrawing. In doing so they took 7 German soldiers prisoner and captured 18 horses.
For the bravery and courage he displayed in battle he deserves the Order of Glory, 3rdClass.’
Signed by Commander of the 52ndGuards Rifle Regiment, Guards Major Shkylar
This was to be Novikov’s final award of the Great Patriotic War, and he was subsequently employed as a Conveyor belt operator at the Kirov Mine, whilst a resident of 59 Bogorazov Street, Kirov Mine, city of Novoshakhtinsk, Rostov Oblast.