Vasily Vasilyevich Logachov
Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class nr. 98320 was awarded by Order of the 13th Army of February 21, 1944 to the 36-year-old Major Vasily Vasilyevich Logachov (Василий Васильевич Логачев), the deputy commander for political affairs of the 162nd Tank Brigade, 25th Tank Corps, 13th Army, 1st Ukrainian Front.
Vasily Vasilyevich Logachov was born on December 30, 1907 in the village of Maryanovka, close to the city of Shuya in the Ivanovo Oblast, Russia. Upon finishing high school he enrolled in a factory apprenticeship school in the city of Shuya, where he graduated in 1927. He then started working as a senior instructor at the Central Labor Institute in Moscow. In 1928 he became a member of the Communist Party, and in September 1929 Logachov was conscripted into the Army, being assigned to the 3rd Tank Regiment, which was stationed in the Moscow Military District. After attending a short officer course he was given command of a tank, and in April 1930 he was designated Secretary of the Komsomol organization. In December 1930, after 15 months of service, he was discharged.
During the 1930s Logachov married one Lidia Nikolayevna, with whom he had two daughters and a son. On March 14, 1941 Logachov was drafted again, and he was sent to Moscow to attend an accelerated course at the renowned Lenin Military Political Academy. He graduated in July 1942, was promoted to Battalion Commissar (Major of the political corps) and was assigned as deputy commander for political affairs (and chief of the Political Section) of the newly formed 239th Tank Brigade, serving on the Central Front. Amazingly, never throughout his career would he occupy a higher position. In March 1943, now a real Major, he was appointed as an inspector with the Political Section of the 4th Guards Tank Army, and in July 1943 he was appointed deputy commander for political affairs of the 162nd Tank Brigade, a position he would hold for exactly two years.
Throughout the war the 162nd Tank Brigade was attached to the 25th Tank Corps. When Logachov joined the 162nd Tank Brigade in July 1943, the 25th Tank Corps was being rebuilt and refitted. In July the corps went back into action on the Bryansk Front. All of its tank brigades were equipped with T-34 and T-70 tanks. The corps fought briefly during the summer, and by late August it was back in reserve, probably to reinforce each brigade with an extra tank battalion, now equipped with nothing but T-34 tanks (probably mostly T-34/85 models). In October the corps was sent to the 1st Ukrainian Front, with which it remained until the end of the war. The corps took part in the massive crossing of the Dnieper River, passed Kiev, took part in the Lvov-Sandomierz Operation in July 1944, the Vistula-Oder Operation at the end of 1944, and advanced toward the Order River. In May 1945 it ended the war near Berlin.
By the end of the war Logachov, now a Lieutenant Colonel, had won three orders. Many units were reduced in size after the war, as well as the 162nd Tank Brigade, which was reorganized as a tank regiment, stationed in Germany. Logachov remained its chief commissar. In 1949 he was transferred to the 86th Tank Regiment, serving near Leningrad, and starting in 1950 he occupied several rather modest political positions. On March 18, 1958 Logachov was discharged because of his age, having served in the Army for 18 years. He had been awarded four orders and at least one medal. He retired to Sestroretsk, a city on the Gulf of Finland, just north of Saint Petersburg.
Order booklet nr. A-490164
1. Last name: Logachov
14. Record of all awards received:
Signature of the awardee: [signed]
I confirm the correctness of the data and the signature of the awardee (position and signature):
Commander of the 162nd Tank Battalion
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1. Last name, first name and patronymic: Logachov, Vasily Vasilyevich
Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:
During the period in which the brigade was activated and staffed, Guards Major Logachov made every effort to select good cadre members and to turn the battalions and the brigade as a whole into tight-knit formations.
During the combat operations the brigade conducted between December 18, 1943 and January 3, 1944 he was continuously present among the battle formations, commanding the units and simultaneously properly arranging the Party and Komsomol members. This contributed to a large extent to the mission assigned to the brigade being accomplished.
As a result of his capable and untiring leadership during combat operations, the brigade killed 1060 soldiers and officers, killed 266 horses and captured 80, and destroyed 21 heavy machine guns, 32 mortars, 32 cannons, 4 mortar batteries, 1 six-barrel mortar, 2 aircraft, 2 armored personnel carriers, 27 tanks, 10 armored cars, 89 trucks, 2 Ferdinand self-propelled guns, and 5 handheld radio transceivers. 1500 civilians who had been driven away to Germany were liberated.
For the bravery and courage he has displayed and for skillfully commanding his units in battle, he deserves the Order of the Red Banner.
Commander of the 162nd Novograd-Volynsky Tank Brigade
The Table of Organization and Equipment shown below provides an overview of the various subunits of the 162nd Tank Brigade, its main types of weaponry, and its principal cadre, as it was on paper on January 1, 1944. On This date the 162nd Tank Brigade was reorganized to conform to the latest Table of Organization and Equipment (Russian: shtat), nr. 010/500 - 010/506, which was established in November 1943. The overview below is based on this TOE; it does not take into account any combat losses or unit-specific irregularities.
Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd Class nr. 98320, obverse and reverse
A T-34/85 medium tank, the standard tank of the 162nd Tank Brigade in early 1944
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