J. V. Stalin
Source : Works, Vol. 15
Publisher : Red Star Press Ltd., London, 1984
Transcription/HTML Markup : Salil Sen for MIA, 2009
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Troops of the Leningrad front, developing their successful offensive, have forced the river Luga and to-day, February 1, as a result of a skilful outflanking manoeuvre captured the town and railway junction of Kingisepp.
It is an important strongpoint in the German defences in the Narva direction.
In the fighting for the liberation of the town of Kingisepp, distinction was won by the troops commanded by Lieut.-General Fedy-uninsky, Maj.-General Alferov, Maj.-General Fadeyev, Maj.-General Aliyev, Colonel Potapov and Colonel Nikonorov, artillerymen under Maj.-General of Artillery Charnyavsky, tankmen under Lieut.-Colonel Kovalevsky, airmen under Lieut.-General, of Aviation Samokhin, and sappers under Maj,-General of Engineering troops Maryin.
To commemorate the victory, the units and formations which particularly distinguished themselves in the fighting will bear the name of Kingisepp, and are recommended for the award of orders.
To-day, February 1, at 21.00 hours (Moscow time) the capital of our Motherland, Moscow, in the name of the Motherland, will salute with twelve artillery salvoes from 124 guns our gallant troops which took part in the fighting for Kingisepp.
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 town of Kingisepp.
Eternal glory to the heroes who fell in the struggle for the freedom and independence of our Motherland!
Death to the German invaders!
J. V. STALIN
Marshal of the Soviet Union