Friday 2 October 2015

Panther vs Panther

"Award Order
  1. Name: Kuzmin, Yuriy Yakovlevich
  2. Rank: Guards Lieutenant
  3. Position, unit: Panther tank commander, 85th Independent Guards SPG Squadron, 80th Guards Uman Order of Suvorov Infantry Division
  4. Nominated for: Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class
  5. Year of birth: 1925
  6. Nationality: Russian
  7. Party affiliation: VKP(b) candidate since 1944, #7688420
  8. Participation in the Civil War and subsequent combat action in defense of the USSR, Patriotic War (where, when): 2nd Ukrainian Front from January 1944 to September 1944, 3rd Ukrainian Front from November 1944
  9. Wounds and concussions in the Patriotic War: wounded in 1944 on the 2nd Ukrainian Front
  10. In the Red Army since: 1942
  11. Recruited by: Sverdlovsk recruitment office
  12. Previous awards: Order of the Patriotic War 2nd Class by order #052 of the 20th Guards Infantry Corps issued on October 4th, 1944
Brief and specific description of heroism or achievements: Guards Lieutenant Kuzmin Y.Y., commander of a captured Panther tank, managed to cohesively train his crew for the completion of combat objectives. On January 25th, 1945, up to 14 enemy tanks and 400 infantrymen attacked elements of the 217th and 230th Guards Infantry Regiments. Waiting for a good moment when the German tanks were close by, his tank opened fire. As a result of a short battle, an enemy Panther tank burned up. Up to 15 fascists and the enemy tank crew were destroyed with the machinegun. For bravery and courage, I recommend that comrade Kuzmich be rewarded with an Order of the Patriotic War 1st Class."

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