J. V. Stalin

Order of the Day

February 8, 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 Malinovsky and Army General Tolbukhin

Troops of the Third Ukrainian Front, in collaboration on the flanks with troops of the Fourth Ukrainian Front, developing their offensive, routed the Nikopol German grouping and to-day, February 8, captured by storm the town of Nikopol, the large industrial centre of the Ukraine.

In the fighting to capture Nikopol, particular distinction was won by troops under Col.-General Chuykov, Lieut.-General Shlemin, Lieut.-General Lelyushenko, Maj.-General Kupriy-anov, Maj.-General Glazunov, Maj.-General Kara-myshev, Maj.-General Golosko, Maj.-General Afanasyev, Maj.-General Zdanovich, Maj.-General Sokolov, Maj.-General Vagin, Colonel Kamynin, Colonel Fomichenko, Lieut.-Colonel Zavyalov and Lieut.-Colonel Sklyarov; artillerymen under Lieut.-General of Artillery Nedelin and Maj.-General of Artillery Levin; airmen under Lieut.-General of Aviation Sudets, Maj.-General of Aviation Tolstikov and Maj.-General of Aviation Shevchenko; and sappers under Major Zasimuk.

To commemorate the victory, the units and formations, which particularly distinguished themselves in the fighting for the liberation of Nikopol are to be recommended to bear the name of Nikopol and to be presented with awards.

To-day, February 8, at 21.00 hours (Moscow time), the capital of our Motherland, Moscow, in the name of the Motherland, will salute with 12 artillery salvoes from 124 guns our gallant troops which captured the town of Nikopol.

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

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