Russia – Soviet: An interesting ‘for wounds’ Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class awarded to Guards Lieutenant Vasily Vladmirovich Baranov, the Commander of the Reconnaissance Company of the 37th Guards Rifle Regiment, Southern Front, who had seen much action during the Great Patriotic War including in the encirclement and destruction of the Stalingrad Pocket in January 1943 and was wounded on at least four occasions.
Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class, type 2, flatback reverse, numbered 376646
Condition: Good very fine
Vasily Vladimirovich Baranov was born in the city of Vyshny Volochok, Kalinin Oblast in 1922 and joined the Red Army in November 1940, continuing to serve throughout the Great Patriotic War.
Baranov firstly fought with the Kalinin Front in 1941, being slightly wounded, before subsequently serving with the Central Front in 1942, and then the Southern Front from 1943, with whom Baranov won his first award, an Order of the Red Star
by Order of the Southern Front on 21st January 1943. The Southern Front had been formed from the Stalingrad Front and had been instrumental in the successful counterattack against and the subsequent reduction of the Stalingrad pocket.
Severely wounded at some point during 1943, and wounded and contused in 1944, Baranov was not to receive any further awards until this Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class awarded to him whilst a Rifle Platoon Leader in the Headquarters Company of the 77th Rifle Corps wit the following citation:
‘Senior Lieutenant Baranov was actively involved in many of the battles fought during the Patriotic War. He was wounded on 4 occasions.
During the Corps’ offensive from the Vistula River to the German borders, Senior Lieutenant Baranov distinguished himself through his conscientious attitude toward his duties, his exceptional energy, and his resourcesfulness.
When the Corps was rapidly advancing westward, Senior Lieutenant Baranov properly and skilfully organised the troops who guarded the Corps staff and personally made sure his troops protected the command post, thus ensuring that the Corps staff could function normally. For the excellent way in which they guarded the Corps staff, many of his platoon’s troops were repeatedly decorated.
Senior Lieutenant Baranov deserves to be awarded the Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class.’
Signed by Commander of the Headquarters Company of the 77th Rifle Corps, Captain Nekrasov.
Subsequently awarded the Medal for the Victory over Germany on 9th May 1945, and then the Medal for the Liberation of Warsaw and Medal for the Capture of Berlin on 9th June 1945, he survived the war, only to be noted as Temporarily unemployed – undergoing treatment in a hospital at the time of issue of his final award on 9th May 1947. At the time he was living at Apartment 2, 6 Kremlyovskaya Square in the city of Vologda.