J. V. Stalin

Order of the Day

August 14, 1944

Source : Works, Vol. 15
Publisher : Red Star Press Ltd., London, 1984
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Troops of the Second Byelorussian Front, continuing their offensive, on August 14 carried by storm the town and fortress of Ossovets, powerful fortified district in the German defences, on the River Bobr covering the approaches to the borders of East Prussia.

In the fighting for the capture of the town and fortress of Ossovets, distinction was won by troops commanded by Col.-Ben. Boldin, Lt.-Gen. Greshin, Maj.-Gen. Zakharov, Col. Kazak, Col. Fedoztov, Ma j.-Gen. Gasparyan, Maj.-Gen. Krasnoshtanov, Col. Suprunov, Maj. Gen. Kirillov, Maj.-Gen. Terentyev, Maj.-Gen. hkrylev and Col. Artemeyev; artillerymen commanded by Lt.-Gen. of Artillery Sokolosky, Maj.-Gen. of Artillery Degtyarev, Maj.-Gen. of Artillery Karepin, Maj.-Gen. of Artillery Vassilyev, Col. Yelkin, Col. Zyablikov, Col Korolev, Col. Korotkikh and Col. Turchaninov tankmen commanded by Ma j. -Gen. of Tank Troops Shirobokov, Col. Shmyrov, Col. Rodionov and Col. Kozikov; airmen commanded by Col.-Gen. of Aviation Vershinin, Lt.-Gen. of Aviation Ossipenko, Maj.-Gen. of Aviation Baidukov, Col. Yakushin, Col. Volkov, Col. Grishchenko, Col. Pokayeva and Maj. Rubtsev; sappers commanded by. Maj.-Gen. of Engineering Troops Blagslavov, Col. Melnikov, Col. Tretyakov, Col. Vizirov, Col. Loginov, Col. Mirotvorsky and Maj. Petrov; and signallers commanded by Maj.-Gen. of Signal Troops Borzov, Col. Teikovtsev and Maj.-Gen. of Signal Troops Novarchuk.

To commemorate the victory, the units and formations which particulary distinguished themselves in the fighting for the capture of the town and fortress of Ossovets will be recommended for conferment of the name Ossovets and award of orders.

Today, August 14, at 22.00 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 of the Second Byelorussian Front which captured the town and fortress of Ossoviets.

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 Ossovets.

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