J. V. Stalin

Order of the Day

January 24, 1944

Source: Works, Vol. 15
Publisher: Red Star Press Ltd., London, 1984
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Issued by Marshal Stalin and addressed to Army General Govorov

Troops of the Leningrad Front, continuing; their successful offensive to-day, January 24, as a result of a skilful outflanking manoeuvre and resolute frontal attack, captured the town of Pushkin (Tsarskoye Selo) and the town of Pavlovsk (Slutsk) - large railway junctions and powerful strongpoints in the German defences.

In the fighting for the towns of Pushkin and Pavlovsk, distinction was won by troops commanded by Col.-General Maslennikov, Maj.-General Khazov, Maj.-General Bunkov, Maj.-General Yastrebov and Colonel Vvedensky, artillerymen under Maj.-General of Artillery Mikhalkin and Colonel Maslovsky, and tankmen under Lieut.-Colonel Grdzelishvili.

To commemorate the victory, the units and formations which particularly distinguished themselves in the fighting are recommended for the award of the names of "Pushkin" and "Pavlovsk" and for decorations with orders.

To-day, January 24, at 21.00 hours (Moscow time), the capital of the Motherland, Moscow, in the name of the Motherland, will salute with 12 artillery salvoes from 124 guns our gallant troops which captured the towns of Pushkin and Pavlovsk.

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 Pushkin and Pavlovsk.

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

Death to the German invaders.

Marshal of the Soviet Union
Supreme Commander-in-Chief