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    Red Army Officer Photo ID, issued on 16 February 1943 to Guards Junior Lieutenant Nikolay Konstantinov, Deputy Battery Commander in the 12th Guards Artillery Regiment, 55th Army.

    Red Army Officer Photo ID, issued on 16 February 1943 to Guards Junior Lieutenant Nikolay Konstantinov, Deputy Battery Commander in the 12th Guards Artillery Regiment, 55th Army. Hard bound red booklet of approx. 9 x 6.5 cm format.

    The ID shows that Konstantinov was appointed to his current position on 31 January 1941. It also contains a later note indicating that he was promoted to Lieutenant in April 1944. There is also brief biographical information: he was born in 1907 in the town of Luga near Leningrad (then St. Petersburg) and was married. There is also a record of his first award, a Medal for the Defense of Leningrad, and a note that he was issued a Tokarev pistol. The document is hand-signed on two pages by the regiment's Chief of Staff.

    The document is in very good condition. The cover is almost pristine, without significant wear. The internal part has separated from the binding but all the pages are present and are still tightly held together by the single staple. The pages show only normal age toning, no excessive wear or soiling. Overall, a nice representative example of a Red Army officer's ID from the middle of the Patriotic War.

    According to the information found in the military archives, Konstantinov later became commander of a two-gun fire platoon of the 357th Artillery Regiment, 171st Rifle Division, 79th Rifle Corps, 3rd Shock Army. In September 1944, he repeatedly distinguished himself during the Soviet offensive in the Baltics. On its second day on 16 September, he and his men advanced with the infantry line and even managed to capture three German POWs. In one of the skirmishes, he and his gun crews firing over open sights destroyed two assault guns and a tank, and killed 60 enemy soldiers during an enemy counterattack. In another engagement, his platoon destroyed two German machine gun nests. On 21 September, they destroyed two field guns, one heavy machinegun and eliminated up to 40 Nazi soldiers while repelling another counterattack. In the following month of October, Konstantinov was recommended for an Order of the Red Banner by his regiment commander, but the award was downgrade to Patriotic War 1st cl. up the chain of command. The order was bestowed upon Lt. Konstantinov on 2 November 1944 by a decree of the 79th Rifle Corps.

    Research Materials: photocopy of the award commendations for Konstantinov's Order of the Patriotic War, 1st cl. from the Russian military archives. Information about his division can be found in the Volume X "Red Swarm" of the Soviet Order of Battle in WW2 by Charles Sharp.

    Item# 33150

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