Mikhail Sergeyevich Ropatsky

Order of the Red Banner nr. 75503 was awarded by Order of the 63rd Army of August 8, 1943 to 19-year-old Lieutenant Mikhail Sergeyevich Ropatsky, commander of an SU-152 self-propelled gun of the 1535th Heavy Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment of the Reserve of the High Command, 63rd Army, Bryansk Front.




March 1, 1943

Senior Lieutenant

August 11, 1943


February 26, 1946


February 28, 1951

Lieutenant Colonel

August 18, 1955

Record card

Order booklet nr. 763790

1. Last name: Ropatsky
2. First name and patronymic: Mikhail Sergeyevich
3. Military rank: Guards Captain
4. Sex: Male
5. Year of birth: 1923
6. Place of birth: City of Kharkov
7. Party membership (since which year): Candidate member of the Communist Party since 1943
8. Education: Secondary
9. Nationality: Belarusian
10. Since which year in the Red Army: Since June 1941
11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position occupied at the time of the award: Battery commander in the 353rd Guards Mechanized Antitank Artillery Regiment, 8th Guards Mechanized Corps
12. Current place of service and position: Battery commander in the 1519th Howitzer Artillery Regiment, 4th Corps Artillery Brigade
13. Home address of the awardee: ___ Grekovskaya Street, city of Kharkov

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 Banner [citation]


Temporary certificate nr. 768966

Order of the 63rd Army nr. 047/N of August 8, 1943

Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class


Temporary certificate nr. G-698413

Order of the 1st Guards Tank Army nr. 042 of September 13, 1944

Order of Alexander Nevsky


Temporary certificate Z-171905

Order of the 69th Army nr. 086/N of June 30, 1945

Medal for the Victory over Germany



Decree of May 9, 1945

Medal for Combat Merit



Decree of November 19, 1951

Signature of the awardee: [signed]

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

Commanding officer of the 1519th Howitzer Artillery Regiment
Guards Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Kurasov/
June 30, 1946

Award sheet

All fields to be filled out fully

1. Last name, first name, and patronymic: Ropatsky, Mikhail Sergeyevich
2. Rank: Lieutenant
3. Position and unit: Commander of a self-propelled gun of the 1535th Heavy Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment of the Reserve of the High Command

Nominated for: Order of the Red Banner

4. Year of birth: 1923
5. Nationality: Belarusian
6. Party affiliation: Komsomol member
7. Participation in the Civil War, the subsequent combat actions to defend the USSR, and the Patriotic War (where and when): On the Bryansk Front since May 25, 1943
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War:  
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1941
10. Drafted by which military commissariat:  
11. Previous awards (for which achievements): No
12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and his family's address: _______________

Brief, concrete description of his feat of arms or achievements:

Comrade Lieutenant Ropatsky, serving in combat with the German invaders for the first time, showed himself an audacious commander who possesses a thorough understanding of his craft and is capable of taking initiative.

During the fighting for the motherland comrade Ropatsky’s gun killed approximately one platoon of infantry and destroyed 3 wooden bunkers and 1 antitank gun.

During the operations to breach the main enemy line of defense and during the capture of the villages of Progress, Setukha, Chornaya Gryaz, and Gusli between July 12 and July 17, 1943, Lieutenant Ropatsky’s gun did not sustain any damage in combat, owing to his skillful and tactically proficient leadership. He exhibited excellent organizational skills while carrying out combat orders.

He deserves the Order of the Red Banner.

Commanding officer
Lieutenant Colonel [signed]
June 22, 1943

Artillery Captain Mikhail Sergeyevich Ropatsky, approximately 1948

Order of the Red Banner nr. 75503, obverse and reverse

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An SU-152, the heavy self-propelled gun the 1535th regiment was equipped with

An SU-152 in the field

The SU-152's design


Order of the Red Banner nr. 75503, obverse

Order of the Red Banner nr. 75503, reverse

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