Russia – Soviet: An October 1943 Melitopol Medal of Courage awarded to Senior Sergeant Gennadii Mikhailovich Kutsenko, 655th Rifle Regiment, 216th Order of the Red Banner Rifle Division, awarded for bringing back information about German Artillery positions on a scouting mission behind the lines. Later during the Berlin Strategic Offensive he was awarded an Order of the Red Star for leading a platoon to attack the enemy and destroying a platoon of Fascists, he personally accounted for three of them, before he later destroyed a German Machine-Gun Crew killing two of them.
Medal of Courage, type 2, variation 1, reverse numbered 543060
Condition: Enamel missing from the lettering on the obverse, otherwise Good very fine
Senior Sergeant Gennadii Mikhailovich Kutsenko was born in Novogerkassk in 1924, and joined both the Communist Party and the Red Army during 1942. He was awarded a Medal for Courage by Order of the 655th Rifle Regiment, 216th ‘Order of the Red Banner’ Rifle Division, 51st Army, Southern Front whilst serving with the 4th Ukrainian Front on 30th October 1943:
‘At the time of the battle from 12th to 15th October 1943, in the region 2 kilometres southwest of the village of Danilo-Iaznovka, Maltipo’sk Region, he did a scouting mission in the rear of the enemy and brought back information on the location of a group of guns’
Kutsenko continued to serve with 655th Rifle Regiment up until the Liberation of the Crimea, during which he was severely wounded on 9th April 1944. The wound resulting in him spending time away from the frontlines for over a year, before he joined 1st Belarussian Front in April 1945 for the final offensive on Berlin. It was during this offensive that he was subsequently also awarded an Order of the Red Star on 20th May 1945 whilst serving as a Deputy Commander of a Platoon of Automatic Rifleman, 8th Motorized Rifle ‘Bobruisk’, Order of the Red Banner, Order of Suvorov Brigade:
‘In the area of the settlement of Kummersdorf on the Al’to-Oder Canal, while covering a group of working sappers, Senior Sergeant Kutsenko, as a Platoon Commander of submachine gunners under his command, provided protection for the working sappers. When a group of Germans were forming up to attack, Senior Sergeant Kutsenko led his platoon to attack the enemy. In the region of Korimko, Senior Sergeant Kutsenko with the platoon under his command were ahead of our tanks,protecting them from attack by the enemy. On 19th April 1945 a platoon of fascists was destroyed. He personally destroyed three of them. In the region of the point of Vezov, Senior Sergeant Kutsenko destroyed a machine-gun crew, killing two of them. At another part of the point Senior Sergeant Kutsenko took prisoner three ‘Hitler-ovs’.’
This was his final award of the war, and afterwards he is noted as a resident of Quarters 4, Sushchevskaia 13, Moscow