Red Star 533828 + various other awards

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Tommy
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Red Star 533828 + various other awards

Messaggio da Tommy » dom mag 29, 2016 7:27 pm

Hello everyone,

Here is a cool group :).

Firstly, the items:

Red Star 533828 - Please note the replaced enamel on the 5 o'clock arm.
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And the document
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Re: Red Star 533828 + various other awards

Messaggio da Tommy » dom mag 29, 2016 7:31 pm

The OPW2 85
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And the Doc
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The Medal Bar
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The Group as a whole
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Some Docs...
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Re: Red Star 533828 + various other awards

Messaggio da Tommy » dom mag 29, 2016 7:33 pm

Here's the research...

Award sheet
Combat Medic in the 2nd Battery, 1227th Howitzer Artillery Regiment, 67 Howitzer Artillery Brigade, Guards Lieutenant of the Medical Service Anatoly Nikitovich Kondra
Recommended for the Order of the Red Star

1. Year of birth: 1920
3. Nationality: Russian
4. Social Status: Worker
5. Time in the Red Army: Since September 1939
6. Participation in previous combat and in the Patriotic War: No participation in previous conflicts. From 3.6.42 to 9.5.43 on the Stalingrad Front. Since 15.07.43 on the Western Front
7. Wounds and contusions: No wounds and contusions
8. Awards given previously, and for what: Awarded the medal for the defense of Stalingrad
9. Any previous recognition?: No prior recognition
10. Address of prospective awardee and family: [Intentionally obscured]

Short, concrete description of his feat of arms or accomplishments:

Whilst participating in the offensive operations carried out by the 1227th Howitzer Artillery Regiment from August 7th to November 7th 1943, Comrade Kondra was constantly in the combat formations of the unit, sharing all of his energy and knowledge of his field whilst providing medical assistance to the wounded soldiers and officers. He is a caring, courageous and decisive commander who is knowledgeable of his work. Between the periods of combat he removed 29 wounded soldiers from the battlefield, whilst providing the appropriate assistance.

On September 13th 1943 in the area of Leonovo, comrade Kondra, whilst under heavy artillery fire, risked his life to save the life of the Battery commanded, carrying from the field of battle, provided him with first aid and delivered him to the medical unit. Thanks to his timely assistance, 12 soldiers have returned to service in the unit.

Comrade Kondra is faithful to the motherland and dedicated to the cause of Lenin-Stalin and the socialist motherland. He is worthy of being awarded the Order of the Red Star.

Commander of the 1227th Howitzer Artillery Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel [signed]

Chief of Staff
Captain [signed] Dyachenko
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Re: Red Star 533828 + various other awards

Messaggio da Tommy » dom mag 29, 2016 7:35 pm

Now the fun bit!

A quick google search of this guy came back with his memoirs :)
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In September of this year (2015), a disabled veteran of the Patriotic War Anatoly Kondra turned 95 years old. Back in 1941 he graduated from Kharkov military medical school and was sent to the 457th Howitzer Artillert Regiment in Kutaisi. However, he was not carrying out his military service in Georgia for long: the war had begun. Fate threw medic Kondra to the front line, from Novorossiysk to Kerch, from Rostov to Stalingrad, Leningrad to Finland. He helped to liberate Romanie, Bulgaria, Hungary and Austria from the German invaders and greeted Victory Day near Prague.

In Kuban

On the first day of the war, the Regimen was ordered to go to the border with Turkey. Following the negotiatons and when the Turkish troops had been diverted from our borders, the Regiment joined up with the army of the North-Caucasian front, on the Taman Peninsula.
“The firing positions were laid out on the Chushka spit” said Anatoly Nikitovich.
“Within 3 months, our long-range artillery and aviation had destroyed the coastal fortifications and defenses of the Germans, who were in the Crimea, on the other side of the Kerch Strait.”

In December 1941, the regiment was relocated urgently to Novorossiysk and loaded onto a ship for landing in Kerch, where bloody battles were fought. Upon arrival at the Kamysh-Burn port, we began to unlead our military hardware and suddenly, there were Fascist bombers in the sky. Our aircraft entered into battle with them and destroyed them. However, many of the soldiers were injured and I had to accompany the seriously wounded to hospital for surgery.
By the end of April 1942, the regiment was in the Crimea at the front line, in the area of the villages Kasayan Russian and Kasayan Tatar, they were at high altitude. For the next period, I accompanied the wounded in the back of a truck, changing their bandages, giving injections and then, suddenly I saw soldiers who fled to the sides shouting: “The sky! The sky! The driver immediately turned off the road to the side and pulled up. I was just about to jump off the chasis when a bombshell exploded only 10 metres away. The explosion threw me to the ground, the driver took me and we continued on our way to the hospital. There we began to prepare the wounded for surgery, and I was given a few shots of painkillers and in the morning was sent back to my unit.
Once again, whilst returning to the medical battalion, I met the officers and soliders of our regiment, who reported that all of our equipment had been destroyed by the German aircraft and they were going onwards to Kerch. In the area of the spit Chushka, were around 1,500 people. Then, from somewhere came a Colonel in a Naval uniform who stood amongst the soldiers and said:
“Listen to my command! Form a line of 40 armed men and go into the counter-attack!”
He pulled out a gun and we followed him. The Germans had come within 500 metres, and they thought that we were going to surrender. When we were only 40 metres away, they came to their sense and began to charge at us with bayonets. The fight was terrible... I was saved from death by a tall sailor who took a bayonet from a German that was directed for me.

The Germans retreateed from us for five kilometers and we returned to the strait. The men were running along the beach and thought about how to cross. I ran up to the Officer who said to me that he didn't intend to give up, undressed and then jumped into the water. I decided that I too, would not give up, took off my shirt, trousers and shoes, then walked into the cold water, diving and swimming several times. Six hundred metres from shore I heard all around me “Chik-Chik”, I realised that I was being fired upon, and went under the water. When I surfaced I estimated I was around 400 metres from the coast but I simply could not carry on swimming – through all of the accumulated fatigure and confusion. I thought, “Well, no one will even know where I drowned. I will be on the list of missing persons”. Then I heard a voice: “Doctor, swim to us!” I turned and saw two men on a raft and I croaked “I can't!” They then rowed up to me and pulled me onto their raft.

At around 3 that day, there were Messerschmitts appearing in the sky which began to shoot along the entire strait at our soldiers who were in the rafts. I began to think: “I didn't drown – So i'll be shot instead.” Then out of nowhere appeared our “Corn-Cobs” and our desperate pilots shot down a German plane and covered our rafts well into the evening. Then from across the strait, boats began to sail towards our rafts to collect our soldiers and take them to the port of Taman. On landing, I took a long look at the sea then stood up and walked barefoot to the specified site. I had to walk 35km. On arriving at the gathering point, the surviving personnel had to announce their arrival to the Regiment.

The Volga

On June 23rd the Germas lanched an offensive on Stalingrad. Our 457th Artillery Regiment was immediately thrown from the Taman, into the 62nd Army of General Chuikov and had our first battle near the village of Tsimlyansk, when a large group of Fascists had crossed the Don. The battle lasted for 3 days but the forces were unequal and the regiment suffered heavy losses. Under heavy artillery and mortar fire I had to crawl up to the wounded, to assist them and the seriously wounded, I had to pull them on a ground-sheet to cover at the bottom of the hill, to a large crater made by an exploded bomb, which was a relatively safe place. In this battle, 85 soldiers were wounded, 48 of them sent to hospitals and 37 refused to be hospitalised and continued to fire and strike at the German tanks and infantry. However, the enemy still broke through our defences and marched towards the city. All our machinery was destroyed by enemy aircraft.

The order was received to remove survivors of Stalingrad, to get new equipmemt and to redeploy the Regiment in the area of Mamaev Kurgan. On August 22nd the regimental headquarters were located on the right bank of the Volga, on the slope of the mound, a hundred metres from it's summit. The next day, the Nazi's dropped tons of bombs on residential homes, hospitals and oil storage tanks. Oil and petrol poured into the city, causing a huge fire. Hundreds of children and the elderly were killed and everywhere you could here the cries and groans of the wounded. The fighting was going street by street, house by house.

In late September, the Germans captured the mound. General Chuikov immediately gathered the commanders of all arms and ordered to take the strategic point in two days. Early in the morning, the massive bombardments and airstrikes began to fall on the accumulation of Fascist tanks and infantry. After that, the storm battalions, submachine gun platoons and anti-tank group went on the attack. Our soldiers and officers stepped over the corpses of fascists and clambered up the slippery slopes of Mamayev Kurgan under the bombs of enemy aircraft. The commanders of the storming units were often at the lead, with bloodied faces and tunics.. And on the second day, we took possession of the height. Then, 180 soldiers and officers needed medical care.
In October 1942, during the advance of our troops to the Germans positions, the unit commander, Colonel Ivanov came to me and said in confusion, that around 30 metres from us, was a wounded signalman. I dashed our towards the victim, and suddenly, an air raid began on our units positions. Then I began to crawl. Then I do not remember what happened... when he came round, he felt a headache and realized that he was alive. Standing beside the sergeant I said “Don't worry. Assistance has been provided to you.”. I realized that he had been confused by the blast and was wounded in legs by shrapnel from the bombs. On the third day, he could sit up and discharged himself from the hospital.

On February 2nd 1943, the commander of the fascust army of Paulus was completely surrounded. 91,000 soldiers were captured, taking 2,500 officers and 24 Generals, all led by Field Marshal Paulus. For military merits, our regiment was awarded the title “260th Guards”.

Guardsman Anatoly Kondra, for his military achievements was awarded the Order of the Red Star and the medals for the defense of Stalingrad and for Victory over Germany. In peacetime, he was awarded the medal for faultless service in the ministry of internal affairs and the badge “Excellent Health Service of the USSR”.
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Re: Red Star 533828 + various other awards

Messaggio da Tommy » dom mag 29, 2016 7:39 pm

Now, if you remember the first post, i said note the replaced enamel on the 5 o'clock ray of the red star? Well if you look at these pictures of our brave recipient, you can see the Red Star before someone tried to cover up the missing enamel!
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Re: Red Star 533828 + various other awards

Messaggio da Tommy » dom mag 29, 2016 7:54 pm

EDITED. Please see below post instead
Ultima modifica di Tommy il dom mag 29, 2016 7:56 pm, modificato 1 volta in totale.
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Messaggio da Tommy » dom mag 29, 2016 7:56 pm

Also, here is a video of the Veteran discussing his memories. I can't make out what he's saying, but someone is looking into it for me so i'll post the results when i get them!

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Messaggio da komsomol » dom mag 29, 2016 8:40 pm

So this honrourable man is just decased. This man had no family to keep the medals?

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Messaggio da Tommy » dom mag 29, 2016 8:46 pm

It seems he was alive as recently as the end of last year, yes :(

Seems no one in his family wants to honour his memory... sad
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Messaggio da vix19 » dom mag 29, 2016 8:53 pm

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Messaggio da komsomol » lun mag 30, 2016 12:47 am

Tommy ha scritto:It seems he was alive as recently as the end of last year, yes :(

Seems no one in his family wants to honour his memory... sad
That's what I was thinking of... one thing is sure: it is by far safer in your closet - and I suppose for long long years - than in a garbage. Families without memory disgust me.

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Messaggio da filo » lun mag 30, 2016 11:22 am

Кондра Анатолий Никитович - 1920 [50 :arrow: https://pamyat-naroda.ru/heroes/podvig- ... e21053719/
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Messaggio da Tommy » lun mag 30, 2016 1:40 pm

Thank you Marsino!

That website is so much fun. I can see me losing hours by going back and entering all of my awards on there!

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Messaggio da Auke » lun mag 30, 2016 3:33 pm

komsomol ha scritto:
Tommy ha scritto:It seems he was alive as recently as the end of last year, yes :(

Seems no one in his family wants to honour his memory... sad
That's what I was thinking of... one thing is sure: it is by far safer in your closet - and I suppose for long long years - than in a garbage. Families without memory disgust me.
True, it's sad - and hard to imagine as well - that not a single family member is willing to keep a deceased father's decorations and honor his memory. On the other hand, if the decorations mean nothing to you and they're going to be collecting dust in a box in the attic anyway, then perhaps it's better that they go to a collector who cherishes them, stores them well, and does the research to keep the veteran's story alive.

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Messaggio da SergioV » ven giu 17, 2016 2:18 pm

Nice Group Tommy [278

Guys for what I noticed in Russia, the black market of medals and orders is very florid,
therefore it often happens that the homes of the elderly are increasingly targeted by unscrupulous thieves,
seeking orders and medals for the sole purpose of selling them to collectors who ignore the facts.

Therefore, you should not always blame the family.
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