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« on: January 30, 2016, 07:26:34 AM »


Private Trofim P. Karpulin. Sapper/Miner in the 456th Rifle Regiment, 109th Rifle Division.

A quick historical note. The 109th Division was first formed in April of 1939 and stationed in the South Western Front. When Hitler attacked the USSR, the unit was defending Kiev when it was demolished. Reformed again in January 1942 at Sevastopol and was attached to the "Separate Costal Army". It's objective was to hold the high ground of Balacava. The 456th Regiment fought furiously along side the 18th Costal Battery delivering heavy casualties to the Germans. Ultimately they were destroyed, along with the infamous port city.

With its third and final formation, enters our hero. A 19 year old boy from the small Autonomous Republic of Chuvashia. Fighting on the Volkov Front as part of the 2nd Shock Army desperately trying to lift the siege of Leningrad.

"During the fighting near Platforma on November 23, 1943 he cleared a passage through an enemy minefield under heavy enemy artillery and mortar fire, thus enabling the rifle units to occupy the sector between Platforma and Ligovsky Canal. During the aforementioned operation comrade Karpulin was severely wounded. For the bravery and fearlessness he displayed while supporting the advance through a mined sector he deserves the Order of Glory, 3rd Class."

Recovering from his wounds, Trofim would rejoin the reformed 109th Corps in Estonia. For his bravery in the field and second severe wound, he would be awarded the Order of The Patriotic War 1st Class (missing). At the age of 20, he would be an invalid.

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Re: Replacement.
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2016, 06:36:08 AM »
Incredible story and medals..

I have a better appreciation for Soviet decorations now.. thank you for sharing'

Smitty
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Re: Replacement.
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2016, 08:17:18 AM »
These are great, thanks for sharing!  I am really beginning to like Soviet awards...but there is so much to learn!

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Re: Replacement.
« Reply #3 on: February 29, 2016, 02:30:42 PM »
Thanks fellas!

There are a lot of variations and issues of the medals and orders. I feel that being a "type" collector of soviet awards is infinite and exhausting. As long as you know what to look out for, this area of collecting is very exciting.

 

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