Aleksei Yakovlevich Dubrovin

Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class nr. 166374 was posthumously awarded by Order of the 5th Shock Army of October 9, 1943 to the 26-year-old Captain Aleksei Yakovlevich Dubrovin (Алексей Яковлевич Дубровин), the commanding officer of the 3rd Rifle Battalion, 988th Rifle Regiment, 230th Rifle Division, 9th Rifle Corps, 5th Shock Army, Southern Front.

Promotions

Date

Lieutenant

April 29, 1941

Senior Lieutenant

October 20, 1942

Captain

September 2, 1943

Aleksei Yakovlevich Dubrovin was born in the village of Mikhailovka in the Krasnodar Krai, not far from the coast of the Black Sea, on October 4, 1916. He left high school at the age of 15 and started working as a mechanic. On November 18, 1937 Dubrovin enlisted in the Red Army. After half a year of service as a Private he was promoted to Sergeant and given command of a platoon. In March 1940 he enrolled at the Red Banner Moscow Infantry School and that same year he was accepted as a member of the Communist Party. He also got married around this time. Dubrovin graduated in April 1941, after which he was assigned to the 595th Rifle Regiment as a platoon leader with the rank of Lieutenant.

Dubrovin then attended a Tactics Course for infantry officers and until early 1943 he was stationed in the Volga Military District, commanding a rifle battalion of the 229th Rifle Brigade. In the spring of 1943 Dubrovin, now a Senior Lieutenant, was transferred to the front line and given command of one of the battalions of the 50th Rifle Division, deployed in the Donbass in Southeastern Ukraine. Two months later he was assigned to the 988th Rifle Regiment of the 230th Rifle Division, fighting in the same area.

Dubrovin was promoted to Captain on September 2, 1943. Two weeks later, on September 16, Captain Dubrovin was killed in action east of Stalino in Eastern Ukraine. The fighting here was severe. On the 15th and 16th alone, in addition to numerous enlisted men and junior officers, the 988th Rifle Regiment lost four commanding officers: battalion commanders Vinograd and Dubrovin and company commanders Gilmanov and Krotov.

Just one day before he died, Dubrovin was awarded an Order of the Red Star; the decoration was never issued. On September 9, 1943, while his Red Star recommendation was still being processed, Dubrovin was nominated for yet another decoration, the Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class in question. Before the recommendation reached the desk of the division commander, Dubrovin had died, and the nomination was turned into a posthumous one. The award was approved and eventually, on September 23, 1944, presented to Dubrovin's wife back in Moscow, Iraida.


Record card of an award recipient [first]

Last name: Dubrovin
First name: Aleksei
Patronymic: Yakovlevich
Rank: Senior Lieutenant
Position and unit: Commander of the 3rd Rifle Battalion, 988th Rifle Regiment, 230th Rifle Division

Awarded:

Awarded which order or medal

Date of the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR

Awarded for what

Order of the Red Star [citation]

Order nr. 160/N of September 15, 1943

For the fighting with the German invaders

 

[Blue stamp: Killed]

 

Home address: _____ Ladozhskaya Street, city of Moscow

Biographical particulars

1. Year of birth: 1916
2. Place of birth:
3. Party membership and period: Member of the Communist Party
4. Nationality: Russian
5. Period of service in the Red Army:
6. Award documents are located in file nr.:

Awards issued:

Order or medal

Date of issue

Place of issue

Number of the order or medal

Number of the award document

Remarks

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other remarks: According to his relatives, the recipient was killed in action during the Patriotic War on September 16, 1943.

Military commissar of the Bauman Raion, city of Moscow
[signed] /Ostroukhov/
October 14, 1952


Record card of an awardee [second]

Last name: Dubrovin
First name: Aleksei
Patronymic: Yakovlevich
Rank: Senior Lieutenant
Position and unit: Battalion commander in the 988th Rifle Regiment, 230th Rifle Division

Awarded:

Awarded which order or medal

Date of the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR

Awarded for what

Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class [citation]

Order nr. 74/N of October 9, 1943

For the fighting with the German invaders

 

[Blue stamp: Award issued]

 

Home address: 5th Shock Army, 4th Ukrainian Front

Biographical particulars

1. Year of birth: 1917
2. Place of birth:
3. Party membership and period: Member of the Communist Party
4. Nationality: Ukrainian
5. Period of service in the Red Army:
6. Award documents are located in file nr.:

Awards issued:

Order or medal

Date of issue

Place of issue

Number of the order or medal

Number of the award document

Remarks

 

September 23, 1944

 

166374

Temporary certificate nr. 647976

Given to his wife, Iraida Pavlovna Dubrovina, _____ Ladozhskaya Street, city of Moscow

Other remarks:


Award sheet [for his Order of the Red Star]

1. Last name, first name and patronymic: Dubrovin, Aleksei Yakovlevich
2. Rank: Senior Lieutenant
3. Position and unit: Commander of the 3rd Rifle Battalion, 988th Rifle Regiment, 230th Rifle Division

Nominated for: Order of the Red Star

4. Year of birth: 1916
5. Nationality: Russian
6. Party affiliation: Member of the Communist Party
7. Participation in the Civil War, the subsequent combat actions to defend the USSR, and the Patriotic War: Has been taking part in the Patriotic War, serving on the Western Front for one month and on the Southwestern Front for seven months
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: Wounded twice and contused once
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1937
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military Commissariat of the Kaganovich Raion, city of Kiev
11. Previous awards (for which accomplishments): No
12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and his family's address: _______________

Short, concrete description of his feat of arms or accomplishments:

Comrade Dubrovin, the commander of the 3rd Rifle Battalion, executed his combat missions in an exemplary manner and skillfully led his battalion's combat operations. The men of his battalion showed exceptional perseverance and steadfastness during the fighting for the town of Bogorodnichnoye. After driving the Germans out of the village in fierce street fighting, his battalion repelled several enemy counterattacks. It did not yield an inch of liberated territory to the enemy. By the end of a day of exceptionally intense and bitter fighting, possessing only limited troops, he managed to ward off a counterattack by up to 2 companies of German submachine gunners.

Comrade Dubrovin has proven to be a strong-willed and brave commanding officer and a clever and enterprising soldier. Through his personal bravery and courage he inspired his troops to perform heroic deeds. His presence among the ranks motivated the troops to execute their assigned combat missions in an exemplary manner.

During one of these engagements comrade Dubrovin received a severe contusion. After a short stay in the medical company he once again returned to his unit. Comrade Dubrovin deserves the Order of the Red Star.

Commander of the 988th Rifle Regiment
Guards Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Khazhulin/


Award sheet [for his Order of the Patriotic War]

1. Last name, first name and patronymic: Dubrovin, Aleksei Yakovlevich
2. Rank: Senior Lieutenant
3. Position and unit: Commander of the 3rd Rifle Battalion, 988th Rifle Regiment, 230th Rifle Division

Nominated for: Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class

4. Year of birth: 1916
5. Nationality: Russian
6. Party affiliation: Member of the Communist Party since August 1940, membership card nr. 3518354
7. Participation in the Civil War, the subsequent combat actions to defend the USSR, and the Patriotic War (where and when): Has been taking part in the Patriotic War, serving on the Western Front from June 26, 1941 through June 30, 1941, on the Southwestern Front from January 27, 1943 through July 31, 1943, and on the Southern Front since September 1, 1943
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: Severely wounded on June 30, 1941 on the Western Front, slightly wounded on July 25, 1943 on the Southwestern Front, and slightly wounded on September 3, 1943 on the Southern Front
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since November 1937
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Career officer
11. Previous awards (for which accomplishments): No
12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and his family's address: _____ Ladozhskaya Street, city of Moscow

Short, concrete description of his feat of arms or accomplishments:

He displayed personal bravery and courage and the ability to command his units and organize inter-unit coordination, thanks to which he was able to accomplish the task of capturing the towns of P___ino and Prokhorovo between September 1 and September 3, 1943. In the process comrade Dubrovin was wounded in his leg.

Fully aware that the regiment was about to advance toward Stalino, comrade Dubrovin left the medical battalion, returned to his battalion, and started assisting the acting battalion commander in successfully carrying out his mission of capturing the Putilovits area, a suburb of the city of Stalino.

He deserves the Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class.

Commander of the 988th Rifle Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Savin/
September 9, 1943


The Table of Organization and Equipment shown below provides an overview of a regular rifle battalion, showing its theoretical strength in September 1943 as per Table of Organization and Equipment (Russian: shtat) nr. 04/551, which was established in December 1942. The overview below is based on this TOE; it does not take into account any combat losses or unit-specific irregularities.

Rifle Battalion Table of Organization and Equipment, September 1943
Overall strength: 35 officers, 7 technicians or clerks, 181 non-commissioned officers, 396 enlisted men

Battalion Headquarters (4 officers, 1 clerk, 2 non-commissioned officers, 7 enlisted men)
        Commander - Captain Aleksei Yakovlevich Dubrovin
        Chief of staff
                Battalion staff

Signal Platoon

7th Rifle Company (6 officers, 1 clerk, 42 non-commissioned officers, 94 enlisted men)
        Company Headquarters (with 1 heavy machine gun)
        Rifle Platoon
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
        Rifle Platoon
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
        Rifle Platoon
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
        Mortar Platoon (2 50-mm mortars)

8th Rifle Company (6 officers, 1 clerk, 42 non-commissioned officers, 94 enlisted men)
        Company Headquarters (with 1 heavy machine gun)
        Rifle Platoon
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
        Rifle Platoon
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
        Rifle Platoon
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
        Mortar Platoon (2 50-mm mortars)

9th Rifle Company (6 officers, 1 clerk, 42 non-commissioned officers, 94 enlisted men)
        Company Headquarters (with 1 heavy machine gun)
        Rifle Platoon
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
        Rifle Platoon
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
        Rifle Platoon
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 2 light machine guns (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
                Squad with 1 light machine gun (9 men)
        Mortar Platoon (2 50-mm mortars)



Captain Aleksei Yakovlevich Dubrovin


Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class nr. 166374, obverse and reverse



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