J. V. Stalin

Order of the Day

February 11, 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 Vatutin

Troops of the First Ukrainian Front, as a result of an outflanking manoeuvre and a frontal attack, to-day, February 11, captured the town of Shepetovka, a large railway junction and an important strongpoint in the German defences.

In the fighting to capture the town of Shepetovka, distinction was won by troops commanded by Lieut.-General Chernyakhovsky, Maj.-General Afonin, Maj.-General Chuvakov, Maj.-General Golosov, Maj.-General Mishchenko, Maj.-General Kozik and Colonel Petrenko; tankmen commanded by Lieut.-General of Tank Troops Poluboyarov, and Colonel Novokhatko; artillerymen commanded by Maj.-General of Artillery Frolov, and airmen commanded by Col.-General of Aviation Krasovsky.

To commemorate the victory, the units and formations which particularly distinguished themselves in the fighting will bear the name of Shepetovka, and are recommended for the award of Orders.

To-day, February 11, at 21 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 Shepetovka.

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 Shepetovka.

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

Marshal of the Soviet Union
Supreme Commander-in-Chief