Russia – Soviet: An Order of Glory 3rdClass awarded to Private Aleksandr Grigoryevich Seliverstov, 1189thRifle Regiment, 358thRifle Division awarded for repairing telephone cables, particularly on the first day of the Red Army’s January 1945 offensive into Poland and East Prussia, when he repaired 20 wires under heavy mortar fire.
Order of Glory 3rdClass numbered 215948
Condition: Nearly extremely fine
Private Aleksandr Grigoryevich Seliverstov, a telephone operator in a 120mm mortar battery of the 1189thVyborg Rifle Regiment, 358thLeningrad Red Banner Rifle Division was born in the village of Maloye Luchno, Msta Raion, Novogord Oblast during 1926, he joined the Red Army aged 17 in 1943 and served on the front line from November 1943 onwards. He was a member of the Komsomol.
Wounded in the attack on the Finns on 15thJune 1944, Seliverstov was to receive two decorations during his time at the front, the first being this Order of Glory 3rdClass by order of the 358thRifle Division on 7thFebruary 1945, awarded as a result of the following citation:
‘During the preliminary artillery bombardment on January 13, 1945 he repaired four cable breaks under enemy mortar fire. When our infantry was attacking, Private Seliverstov laid a telephone cable to an intermediary station and repaired 20 cable breaks under enemy artillery and mortar fire.
During the fighting for the village of Grosse Tulln he established communications at the edge of the village under artillery and mortar fire and again repaired 10 cable breaks between the intermediary station and the observation post, which contributed to the uninterrupted communications between the battery and the observation post.’
Signed by the commander of the 118thVyborg Rifle Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Assinovsky.
This award was for the breakthrough phase of the Vistula-Oder offensive which began on 13thJanuary 1945 and stretched along the front line, Silverstov’s unit was to attack across the Neman River and push it’s way into East Prussia as part of the right flank of the operation.
Successfully pushing the German units in the vicinity back, Seliverstov would have eventually taken part in the assault on Konigsberg which led ultimately to the capture of the city on 9thApril 1945, he was to receive an Order of the Red Star on 19thApril 1945 by Order of the 358thRifle Division, presumably for his role in this assault.
He would go on to receive both the Medal for Victory over Germany and the Medal for Victory over Japan, after his unit was transferred to the east and saw service in the Red Army’s Invasion of Manchuria in August 1945, his Division would receive the honorific title ‘Khingan’ for its role in the successful attack through the Kingan mountain range during this campaign.
After the war Seliverstov was to be found working as a Kolkhoz farmer at the Volna Kolkhoz whilst living in the village of Maloye Luchno, Kholynsky Rural District in Msta Raion, Novgorod Oblast.