J. V. Stalin

Order of the Day

March 25, 1944

Source : Works, Vol. 15
Publisher : Red Star Press Ltd., London, 1984
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Issued by Marshal Stalin and addressed to Marshal of the Soviet Union Zhukov

Troops of the First Ukrainian Front today, March 25, after stubborn fighting, captured the town and large railway junction of Pros-kurov, a powerful strongpoint of the German defences.

In the fighting for Proskurov, distinction was won by troops commanded by Col.-Gen.Grechko, Maj.-Gen. Gordeyev, Maj.-Gen. Shmygo and Col. Chernov; tankmen commanded by Col.-Gen. Rybalko, Maj.-Gen. of Tank Troops Malygin and Lieut.-Gen. of Tank Troops Panfilov; artillerymen commanded by Col.-Gen. of Artillery Varentsov, Maj.-Gen. of Artillery Brichenok, Maj.-Gen. of Artillery Volkinshtein and Maj.-Gen. of Artillery Sanko; airmen commanded by Col.-Gen. of Aviation Krasovsky, Maj.-Gen. of Aviation Golovnya, Maj.-Gen. of Aviation Lakeyev, Col. Kotelnikov and Col. Nechiporenko; and sappers commanded, by Col. Stonog.

To commemorate the victory the units and formations which particularly distinguished themselves in the fighting for the liberation of the town of Proskurov will be recommended to bear the name of Proskurov and to be awarded orders.

Today, March 25, 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 the gallant troops of the First Ukrainian Front which captured the town of Proskurov.

For 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 Proskurov.

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