Aleksandr Vasilyevich Shapin
Order of Alexander Nevsky nr. 38723 was awarded by Order of the artillery commander of the 1st Belorussian Front of June 9, 1945 to 27-year-old Guards Lieutenant Aleksandr Vasilyevich Shapin (Александр Васильевич Шапин), commanding officer of the 9th Battery, 22nd Guards Mortar Brigade, 5th Guards Mortar Division, 4th Breakthrough Artillery Corps, 3rd Shock Army, 1st Belorussian Front.
Order booklet nr. A-489704
1. Last name: Shapin
14. List 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):
Chief of the Replenishment and Personnel Section of the 14th Guards Mechanized Division
1. Last name, first name, and patronymic: Shapin, Aleksandr Vasilyevich
Nominated for: Order of the Red Banner
4. Year of birth: 1917
Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:
Taking part in the assault on the city of Berlin along with his battery, comrade Shapin supported the advance of the 469th Rifle Regiment's 3rd Battalion.
Making effective use of his M-31 rocket launcher under urban warfare conditions, he ensured the infantry units could advance successfully, suppressing enemy firing positions and strong points with his guards mortar from a distance of 25-30 meters.
Comrade Shapin's vigor and initiative, his bravery and fearlessness in battle, and his ability to get his men organized and assess the situation in a calm manner, ensured his extremely good results while firing either single rockets or an array of rockets, which helped the infantry push forward quickly and unimpeded and enabled them to seize a number of city blocks in the center of Berlin. His battery pulverized and burned down four buildings that had been fortified by the enemy. Ten large-caliber machine guns housed inside these buildings were destroyed and their crews and as many as 40 enemy submachine gunners were killed.
Ultimately, during the fighting for Berlin comrade Shapin's battery proved to be the battalion's best, and comrade Shapin himself, who had only recently been promoted to battery commander, demonstrated his splendid leadership qualities from the very outset.
For perfectly carrying out his combat missions in combat with the German invaders under difficult urban warfare conditions during the assault on Berlin, the heart of fascist Germany, comrade Shapin deserves the Order of the Red Banner.
Commanding officer of the 22nd Guards Mortar Brigade
Senior Lieutenant Aleksandr Vasilyevich Shapin
Order of Alexander Nevsky nr. 38723, obverse and reverse
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