J. V. Stalin

Order of the Day

January 14, 1944

Source: Works, Vol. 15
Publisher: Red Star Press Ltd., London, 1984
Transcription/HTML Markup: Salil Sen for MIA, 2009
Public Domain: Marxists Internet Archive (2009). You may freely copy, distribute, display and perform this work; as well as make derivative and commercial works. Please credit "Marxists Internet Archive" as your source.

Issued by Marshal Stalin and addressed to Army General Rokossovsky

Our troops of the Byelorussian front, as a result of a skilful outflanking manoeuvre, to-day, January 14, took by storm the town of Mozyr, regional centre of Byelorussia, and the large railway junction and town of Kalinkovichi, important German defence strongpoints in the Polessye direction.

In the fighting for the capture of the towns of Mozyr and Kalinkovichi, distinction was won by troops commanded by Lieut. General Batov, Lieut. General Belov, Lieut. General Kryukov, Maj. General Konstantinov, Maj. General I.I. Ivanov and Maj. General Alexeyev, artillerymen under Col. General of Artillery Kazakov, Maj. General of Artillery Beskin, Maj. General of Artillery Ignatov and Maj. General of Artillery Yegorov, tankmen under Maj. General of Tank Troops Panov and airmen under Lieut. General of Aviation Rudenko.

To commemorate the victory, the units and formations which distinguished themselves particularly in the fighting for the towns of Mozyr and Kalinkovichi will be recommended to receive the names of Mozyr and Kalinkovichi and to be awarded orders.

To-day, January 14, at 21.00 hours (Moscow time) the capital of our Motherland, Moscow, in the- name of the Motherland, will salute with 20 artillery salvoes from 224 guns our gallant troops which took part in the fighting for the liberation of the towns of Mozyr and Kalinkovichi.

For the excellent military operations I express my thanks to all the troops under your command which took part in the fighting for the liberation of the towns of Mozyr and Kalinkovichi.

Eternal glory to the heroes who fell in the struggle for the freedom and independence of our Motherland!

Death to the German invaders!

Marshal of the Soviet Union
Supreme Commander-in-Chief