Order of the Day,
November 6, 1943
Addressed to Army-General Yatutin
At dawn to-day, November 6, troops of the First Ukrainian front, as a
result of a vigorously effected operation and daring outflanking
manœuvre, captured by storm the capital of the Soviet Ukraine, the city
of Kiev—the largest industrial centre and most important strategical
centre of German defence on the right bank of the Dnieper.
With the capture of Kiev our troops have seized the most important and
most advantageous bridgehead on the right bank of the Dnieper, which is
of great importance for driving the Germans from the territory of the
Ukraine west of the Dnieper.
In the fighting for the liberation of the city of Kiev the following
troops distinguished themselves: Troops commanded by Colonel-General
Moskalenko, Lieutenant-General Chernyakhovsky, tank troops commanded by
Lieutenant-General Rybalko, airmen commanded by Lieutenant-General of
Aviation Krassovsky and artillery commanded by Major-General of
Particular distinction was won by the 167th Sumy Infantry Division
(Major-General Melnikov), twice awarded the Order of the Red Banner;
the 232nd Sumy Infantry Division (Major-General Ulitin); 340th Sumy
Infantry Division (Colonel Zubarev); 163rd Romny Infantry Division
(Colonel Karlov); 240th Infantry Division (Colonel Umansky); 136th
Infantry Division (Colonel Puzikov); 180th Infantry Division
(Major-General Shmelev); the First Independent Czechoslovak Brigade in
the U.S.S.R. (Colonel Svoboda); 74th Infantry Division (Colonel
Kuznetsov); 23rd Infantry Division (Lieutenant-Colonel Shcherbakov);
30th Infantry Division (Colonel Yankovsky); 218th Infantry Division
(Major-General Sklyarev); 121st Rylsk Infantry Division (Major-General
Ladygin); 141st Infantry Division (Colonel Rassalikov); 226th Glukhov
Infantry Division (Colonel Petrenko); 5th Stalingrad Guards Tank Corps
(Lieutenant-General of Tank Troops Kravchenko); 7th Guards Tank Corps
(Major-General Suleikov); 291st Voronezh Attack Air Division (Colonel
Votruk); 202nd Middle Don Bomber Air Division (Colonel Nechipurenko);
4th Attack Guards Air Division (Major-General of Aviation Baidukov);
264th Attack Air Division (Lieutenant-Colonel Klobukov); 256th Fighter
Air Division (Colonel Gerassimov); 8th Red Banner Fighter Air Division
(Lieutenant-Colonel Chubikov); 208th Red Banner Night Short-Range
Bomber Air Division (Colonel Yuzeyev); 10th Stalingrad Guards Fighter
Air Division (Colonel Sryvkin); 235th Stalingrad Fighter Air Division
(Major-General of Aviation Lakeyev); 17th Artillery Division
(Major-General of Artillery Volkinshtein); 13th Artillery Division
(Major-General of Artillery Krasnokutsky); 3rd Mortar Guards Division
(Colonel Kolessnikov); 112th Red Banner Artillery Regiment
(Lieutenant-Colonel Tsessar); 805th Howitzer Regiment (Major Teterin);
12th Independent Mortar Brigade (Lieutenant-Colonel Nemov); 9th
Anti-Tank Guards Artillery Brigade (Lieutenant-Colonel Chernov); 491st
Mortar Regiment (Major Plakhunov); 492nd Mortar Regiment (Major
Glushchenko); 222nd Anti-Tank Artillery Regiment (Major Kodyakov);
316th Anti-Tank Guards Artillery Regiment (Lieutenant-Colonel Korozin);
868th Red Banner Anti-Tank Artillery Regiment (Major Chekh); 1,666th
Anti-Tank Artillery Regiment (Major Berezin); 1,075th Anti-Tank
Artillery Regiment (Major Andreyev); 4th Red Banner Guards Anti-Tank
Artillery Regiment (Lieutenant-Colonel Ponomartsev); 24th Guards
Artillery Brigade (Colonel Brazgold); 60th Independent Spotter Air
Squadron (Captain Rastorguyev); 811th Independent Reconnaissance
Artillery Battalion (Captain Barinov); 8th Anti-Aircraft Artillery
Division (Colonel Emelyanov); 21st Anti-Aircraft Artillery Division
(Colonel Gudkov); 268th Independent Engineering Battalion (Captain
Chechishvili); 7th Independent Engineering Battalion (Major Zhukov);
1,505th Independent Engineering. Battalion (Major Artemyev); First
Artillery Guards Brigade (Colonel Kers); 65th Guards Mortar Regiment
(Major Pavlov); 98th Guards Mortar Regiment (Lieutenant-Colonel
Tikhonov); 1,157th Artillery Regiment (Lieutenant-Colonel Nazarenko);
497th Mortar Regiment (Major Mazanov); 6th Guards Tank Corps
(Major-General of Tank Troops Panfilov); 839th Howitzer Regiment
(Lieutenant-Colonel Chistyakov); 3rd Guards Light Artillery Brigade
(Colonel Zhagalov); 59th Independent Tank Regiment (Major Skornyakov);
150th Independent Tank Brigade (Colonel Ugryumov).
To commemorate the victory achieved, the name of “Kiev” shall be
conferred on the formations and units which distinguished themselves in
the fighting for the liberation of the city of Kiev.
The 202nd Middle Don Bomber Air Division, the 10th Stalingrad Guards
Fighter Air Division and the 235th Stalingrad Fighter Air Division,
which have distinguished themselves for the second time in fighting the
German invaders, shall be recommended for decoration with the Order of
the Red Banner.
The first Independent Czechoslovak Brigade of the U.S.S.R., which
distinguished itself in the fighting for the liberation of Kiev, shall
be recommended for decoration with the Order of Suvorov (2nd Class).
To-day, November 6, at 17.00 hours (Moscow time), the capital of our
Motherland, Moscow, shall, on behalf of our Motherland, salute with 24
artillery salvoes from 324 guns, our gallant troops which liberated the
city of Kiev.
For excellent military operations I thank all the troops under your command which took part in the fighting to liberate Kiev.
Eternal glory to the heroes who fell in the struggle for the freedom and independence of our Motherland!
Death to the German invaders!
(Signed) J. Stalin
Marshal of the Soviet Union
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