Russia - Soviet: An Operation Bagration Order of the Red Star awarded to Guards Lieutenant V.M. Yakovlev, 35th Guards Lozova, Red Banner Order of Suvorov, Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Rifle Division for his part in maintaining uninterrupted communications to the front line units during the summer offensive of 1944.
Order of the Red Star, reverse numbered 803620.
Vladimir Mikhailovich Yakovlev was born in Leningrad in September 1923, and joined the Red Army in 1941 before becoming a member of the Communist Party in 1943. Yakovlev had served on the Southwestern Front from 1st November 1942 to 1st October 1943, and received a wound on 4th September 1943. He would then serve with the 3rd Ukrainian Front (the renamed South-Western Front) from 1st October 1943 until 1st July 1944, when he transferred to 1st Belarussian Front with whom he served for the rest of the war. This Order of the Red Star was Yakovlevs first and only numbered wartime award. It was awarded to him by decree of the 35th Guards Rifle Division on 7th August 1944 whilst serving as the Battalion Chief of Signals, 118th Guards Artillery Regiment, 35th Guards Rifle Division. The recommendation was as follows:
During his tenure in the regiment, Comrade Yakovlev has proven himself to be disciplined. He commands authority among his subordinates. In combat he is bold and resourceful. In battles to breach the German defences on 18.7.1944 he ensured interrupted communications for the battalion. While moving forward, Comrade Yakovlev provided uninterrupted communications between the battalion commander, the commander of the rifle units and reconnaissance group. Communications between the battalion commanders HQ and the recon group were interrupted by heavy artillery fire. It was impossible to establish the damage, as the line had been broken in several places. Guards Lieutenant Yakovlev made arrangements with the crew of tank No7 to help him and having assembled signals equipment on the tank, under the tanks cover, he personally established a new connection with the recon group. Comrade Yakovlev deserves the Government award the Order of the Red Star
He would then go on to be awarded the Medal for the Capture of Berlin, the Medal for the 30th Anniversary of the Soviet Army and Navy and the Medal for Combat Merits for 10 years long service, awarded to him on 5th November 1954. After the war he continued to serve as a Battalion Chief of Signals in the 118th Guards Artillery Regiment, 35th Guards Rifle Division, and was living at 50 Lenin Street, in the city of Andijan, Uzbekistan.
some minor chips to the enamel at the end of each arm, GVF