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Tommy
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Red Star 2,081,912

Messaggio da Tommy » mar dic 22, 2015 8:27 pm

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Order Booklet V 090526

1. Last name: Balankin
2. Name and patrionymic: Ivan Fedorovich
3. Rank: Guards Sergeant
4. Gender: Male
5. Birthyear: 1925
6. Birthplace: Kaluga Oblast, Babynino Settlement 
7. Party membership: Comsomol member since 1944
8. Education: elementary
9. Nationality: Russian
10. Time in Red Army: since 01.1943
11. Place of service at awarding: 249th Guards Destroyer Regiment, 11th Destroyer Brigade – Reconnaissance Squad Leader
12. Place of work at present: 46th Guards Mechanized Regiment, 13th Guards Mechanized Division – Battery First Sergeant 
13. Home address: Kaluga Oblast, Babynino Station, Volkovskii Selsovet, village of Krutaya
14. Awards:
Designation/Serial Number/Awarding Organization

Bravery Medal 2.441.069 386th Destroyer Regiment, 8.3.45
Red Star 2.081.912 26th Independent Destroyer Brigade, 10.8.45
Red Star 2.016.723 Central Group of Forces , 31.8.45

Verified by Chief of Staff, 46 Guards Mechanized Regiment,
Lieutenant Colonel Lamta on 17th July, 1947 







Award Sheet

1. Last name, name, and patrionymic: Balankin, Ivan Fedorovich
2. Rank: Corporal
3. Duty position: Senior Scout – 2nd Battery, 386th Order of Kutuzov Destroyer Anti-Tank Artillery Regiment, 26th Independent Oder Destroyer Anti-tank Artillery Brigade, RGK 

Recommendation for the Order of the Red Star

4. Born: 1925
5. Nationality: Russian
6. Party membership: Comsomol member since January 1944. Booklet 20852729
7. Previous combat: 1st Ukrainian Front December, 1943 through 9th May, 1945
8. Wounds or shell-shock: n/a
9. In Red Army: since 14th January, 1943
10. Inducted by: Bobininsky Regional Military Commissariat, Tula Oblast 
11. Previous awards: Bravery Medal by 386th Destroyer Anti-Tank Artillery Regiment, on 8th March 1945
12. Home of record: Kaluga Oblast, Bobininskii Region, village of Krutaya 
Short description of personal combat feat or accomplishment

Comrade Balankin has displayed exceptional bravery, steadfastness, and valor in the struggle against the German-fascist invaders. Since the regiment’s formation he has been in reconnaissance and in attacks he has proven himself a knowledgeable and resourceful in conducting reconnaissance of the enemy.

On 4th March, 1945 near Ober Bilau while repelling an enemy counterattack he destroyed 15 German soldiers and officers, killing a German officer with three Iron Crosses at point blank range.

On 22nd April, 1945 near Radensdorf while destroying an encircled enemy pocket, in reconnaissance he destroyed a heavy machinegun with grenades and captured six prisoners.

On 1st May, 1945 in combat near Lukkenwald during the liquidation of the Berlin pocket and conducting a front-line reconnaissance on an armored personnel carrier, he blew open a lane with a machinegun allowing the battery to occupy their sector and with his submachinegun killed five soldiers trying to destroy the armored personnel carrier with a panzerfaust.

He is deserving of the Order of the Red Star.

Signed Commander, 386th Order of Kutuzov Destroyer Anti-Tank Artillery Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel Maksimov on 28th July, 1945

Endorsed Commander, 26th Independent Oder Order of Kutuzov Destroyer Anti-Tank Artillery Brigade, RGK, Lieutenant Colonel Bogdanov on 10th August, 1945 
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Re: Red Star 2,081,912

Messaggio da Ericfg » mar dic 22, 2015 8:49 pm

> killing a German officer with three Iron Crosses
I wonder if that would refer to a Holder of the Knight's Cross of the Iron Cross?
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Re: Red Star 2,081,912

Messaggio da Tommy » mar dic 22, 2015 8:57 pm

Ive wondered that myself Ericsky,


I tried cross refeeincing all Knights Cross holders killed in 1945 but couldnt find a dead on match. Perhaps a job for a cold winters evning :)
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Re: Red Star 2,081,912

Messaggio da Ericfg » mar dic 22, 2015 9:37 pm

Tommy ha scritto:Ive wondered that myself Ericsky,
I tried cross referencing all Knights Cross holders killed in 1945 but couldn't find a dead on match. Perhaps a job for a cold winters evening :)
You've got date and location. With that you could pull up the German order of battle for place and time and find the unit's in that area. It could work. You'd never know 100% though I wouldn't think.
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Re: Red Star 2,081,912

Messaggio da Auke » mer dic 23, 2015 2:41 pm

The citation simply says 'crosses', so it could have been an EK1 and EK2 plus a KVK or Ehrenkreuz or something along those lines.

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Re: Red Star 2,081,912

Messaggio da Tommy » mer dic 23, 2015 3:49 pm

Ah, i see [264

I bought it pre-translated, so have never really checked the original write up.
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