Russia – Soviet: An interesting mine clearing Order of Glory 3rdClass awarded to Senior Sergeant Ilya Yevgenyevich Granshchikov, a Squad leader in the 217thIndependent Mine Clearance Detachment for personally clearing 2,500 mines, as well as being wounded three times and contused twice.
Order of Glory 3rdClass numbered 531271
Condition: Good very fine
Senior Sergeant Ilya Yevgenyevich Granshchikov, a Squad leader in the 217thIndependent Mine Clearance Detachment was born in the city of Propoisk, Belarus in 1905, and served with the Red Army between 1939 and July 1940, he then had a break from the service until June 1941 when he rejoined and saw service through until July 1945. In 1942 he became a member of the Communist Party.
Involved in the Defence of Leningrad, he was to receive the medal for the defence of the city on 22ndDecember 1942, before subsequently being awarded the Medal for Courage by Order of the 92ndRifle Regiment on 7thMarch 1944 for the breaking of the siege of Leningrad and the subsequent liberation of Luga.
Granshchikov’s next award was this Order of Glory 3rdClass by Order of the Leningrad Front on 22ndJuly 1945 with the following citation:
‘During the fighting with the German-Fascist invaders miner Granshchikov was wounded on three occasions and received two contusions. He has been serving in the 217thIndependent Mine Clearence Detachment since February 1945. He possesses a thorough understanding of mines and demolition and currently serves as squad leader. He has personally detected and destroyed 2500 mines. His squad is considered one of the best. He is demanding of both himself and his subordinates. He commands authority among the men.’
At the time of his final award he was serving as Road maintenance foreman at Road Operation Sector number 69, Surfaced Roads Department, Ministry of Internal Affairs, and was living at 9 Krasnoarmeisky (Red Army) Avenue, city of Petrodvorets.