J. V. Stalin

Order of the Day

April 8, 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, having inflicted a defeat on the enemy in the foothills of the Carpathians, have reached our State Frontier, with Czechoslovakia and Rumania along a front of up to 200 kilometres. Pursuing the retreating enemy, troops of this Front captured the town of Seret and more than 30 other populated places on Rumanian territory.

In the fighting to reach our South-Western Frontier, distinction was won by troops commanded by Lieut.-Gen. of Tank Troops Katukov, Maj.-Gen. Zamertsev, Maj.-Gen. Prokhorov, Maj.-Gen. Zamirovsky and Col. Lemantovich; tankmen commanded by Lieut.-Gen. of Tank Troops Getman, Maj.-Gen. of Tank Troops Dremov, Lieut, Col. Boiko; artillerymen commanded by Col. Vishnevsky and Col. Razumovsky; airmen commanded by Maj.-Gen. of Aviation Galunov; and sappers commanded by Lieut.-Col. Sokolov, Maj. Temkin and Maj. Yakovlev.

To commemorate the victory, the units and formations which particularly distinguished themselves in the fighting to defeat the enemy at the Carpathian foothills and to cross the South-Western State Frontier will be recommended for conferment of the name Carpathian, and award of orders.

Today, April 8, at 20.00 hours (Moscow time), the capital of the Motherland, Moscow, in the name of the Motherland, will salute with 24 artillery salvoes from 324 guns our gallant troops of the First Ukrainian Front which reached the South-Western State Frontier.

For excellent military operations I express my thanks to all the troops under your command which took part in the fighting to reach our South-Western State Frontier.

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