Mikhail Alekseyevich Galyatkin

Order of the Red Banner nr. 77281 was awarded by Order of the 7th Guards Army of September 20, 1943 to the 37-year-old Guards Major Mikhail Alekseyevich Galyatkin (Михаил Алексеевич Галяткин), the deputy chief of the Political Section of the 25th Guards Rifle Corps, 7th Guards Army, Voronezh Front.

Promotions

Date

Major

Lieutenant Colonel

June 5, 1946

Mikhail Alekseyevich Galyatkin was born on November 2, 1905 in the village of Rozhdestveno, Orshinsky Raion, Kalinin (Tver) Oblast in Western Russia, in a family of peasants. He lived in Leningrad, where four classes of elementary school apparently were all general education he had. After doing some white-collar work he was conscripted in November 1927, serving as a rifleman in the 3rd Special Purpose Regiment in Moscow for two years.

Galyatkin got married, had two sons, and in 1930 he joined the Party. In July 1941, shortly after the German invasion, he enrolled at the Military Political Academy in Moscow. He graduated in November and was assigned as commissar and deputy chief of staff of the 9th Airborne Corps. The corps didn't see any action and was kept in reserve in the Moscow Military District. In August 1942 the corps was redesignated as the 36th Guards Rifle Division and sent to Stalingrad.

The division arrived at Stalingrad on August 11 and was engaged in heavy fighting to the southwest of the city, being subordinated to the 57th and 64th Armies. After the defensive operations it took part in the counteroffensive in the direction of Stalingrad. Two weeks after the victory Galyatkin was awarded the Order of the Red Star for his efforts during the battle.

After the battle of Stalingrad the 64th Army was raised to Guards status and redesignated as the 7th Guards Army. Galyatkin was promoted to deputy chief of the Political Section of the Army's 25th Guards Rifle Corps. On July 5, 1943 the battle of Kursk started. The 7th Guards Army, deployed in the southeastern part of the bulge, just east of Belgorod, was tasked with halting the German push northeastward. For his actions on the first days of the operation, Galyatkin was awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

After the battle Galyatkin was promoted to deputy chief for political affairs of the Personnel Department of the 2nd Ukrainian Front. At the end of the war, Galyatkin was awarded two Orders of the Patriotic War, 1st Class. It seems that in the shrinking postwar Red Army, there were not enough positions left for all officers who had served with distinction throughout the war. A few months after the victory, Galyatkin was essentially demoted to chief of the Political Section of a guards rifle division stationed near Leningrad. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel on June 5, 1946 and discharged that same day. After the war he worked as an agent for the Council of Ministers of the Karelo-Finnish SSR.


Record card

Order booklet nr. 732889

1. Last name: Galyatkin
2. First name and patronymic: Mikhail Alekseyevich
3. Military rank: Guards Lieutenant Colonel
4. Sex: Male
5. Year of birth: 1905
6. Place of birth: Village of Rozhdestveno, Orshinsky Raion, Kalinin Oblast
7. Party membership (since which year): Member of the Communist Party since June 1930. Membership booklet nr. 0600738
8. Education: Secondary
9. Nationality: Russian
10. Since which year in the Red Army: July 1941
11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position occupied at the time of the award: Deputy chief of the Personnel Department of the 2nd Ukrainian Front
12. Current place of service and position: Deputy chief of the Political Section of the 65th Guards Rifle Division, 10th Guards Army
13. Home address of the awardee: City of Võru, Estonian SSR

14. List of all awards received:

Name of the order or medal

Serial number

Number of the document

Ground of award

Order of the Red Star

107473

Temporary certificate nr. 433079

Order of the Don Front nr. 116/N of February 18, 1943

Order of the Red Banner [citation]

77281

Temporary certificate nr. 1179988

Order of the 7th Guards Army, Steppe Front nr. 255/N of September 20, 1943

Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class

57739

Temporary certificate nr. V-751067

Order of the 2nd Ukrainian Front nr. 0175/N of September 24, 1945

Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class

166539

Temporary certificate nr. D-994293

Order of the 2nd Ukrainian Front nr. 095/N of April 30, 1945

Medal for the Defense of Stalingrad

/

Permanent certificate nr. A-01334

Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of December 22, 1942

Medal for the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945

Permanent certificate nr. 00076422

Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of May 9, 1945

Signature of the awardee: [signed]

I confirm the correctness of the data and the signature of the awardee (position and signature):

Chief of the Personnel Section of the Political Section of the 10th Guards Army
Guards Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Orlov/
July 11, 1946


Award sheet

All fields to be filled out fully

1. Last name, first name, and patronymic: Galyatkin, Mikhail Alekseyevich
2. Rank: Guards Major
3. Position and unit: Deputy chief of the Political Section of the 25th Guards Rifle Corps, 7th Guards Army
Nominated for: Order of the Red Banner
4. Year of birth: 1905
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 (where and when): On the Stalingrad and Don Front from August 10, 1942 through February 2, 1943 and on the Voronezh Front since March 20, 1943
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: No
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1941
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military Commissariat of the Kuibyshev Raion, city of Leningrad
11. Awards received previously (for which accomplishments): Order of the Red Star and Medal for the Defense of Stalingrad
12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and the address of his family: _______________

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

Serving as deputy chief of staff for political affairs and later as deputy chief of the Corps’ Political Section, comrade Galyatkin put great personal effort into organizing a steadfast defense and inflicting a crushing blow upon the enemy.

Since the start of the fierce fighting with the advancing enemy forces on the Belgorod axis, he properly and skillfully directed and organized the duties of the Corps’ and divisions’ Political Sections and the Party and Komsomol organizations, ensuring they carried out the orders from the Front’s and Army’s Military Councils and Corps command to ward off the enemy.

During the fighting on July 5, 1943, as German tanks rushed through the village of Krutoi Log, comrade Galyatkin, acting on orders from Corps command, was sent to the 167th Tank Regiment. He led the regiment in the area west of the Batratskaya dacha in accordance with the orders the regiment had received and warded off the enemy. In the same area comrade Galyatkin on July 7, 1943 organized artillery cover for the important road leading toward Neklyudovo. The charging enemy troops were halted.

Displaying personal bravery and courage throughout the fighting that started on July 5, comrade Galyatkin, through personal example and using the Bolshevik word, roused the guardsmen to repel the enemy. At the same time he carefully studied the performance of the Corps’ Party and Komsomol organizations.

Comrade Galyatkin deserves the Order of the Red Banner.

Chief of the Political Section of the 25th Guards Rifle Corps
Guards Colonel [signed] /Kolesnik/
August 16, 1943



Lieutenant Colonel Mikhail Alekseyevich Galyatkin


Order of the Red Banner nr. 77281, obverse and reverse


Map showing the 25th Rifle Corps' lines of defense on July 5


Map showing the 167th Tank Regiment's counterattack


A present-day map of the area



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