Ivan Trofimovich Sleputin

Order of the Red Banner nr. 235600 was awarded by Order of the Armored and Mechanized Forces of the 2nd Belorussian Front of May 25, 1945 to 28-year-old Captain Ivan Trofimovich Sleputin (Иван Трофимович Слепутин), commander of the 1st Self-Propelled Gun Battery, 1814th Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment, 3rd Guards Cavalry Corps, 2nd Belorussian Front.

Promotions

Date

Junior Political Officer

April 23, 1941

Political Officer

November 1941

Senior Political Officer

July 16, 1942

Captain

November 11, 1942

Major

November 19, 1945

Lieutenant Colonel

August 24, 1950


Record card

Order booklet nr. B-572619

1. Last name: Sleputin
2. First name and patronymic: Ivan Trofimovich
3. Military rank: Major
4. Sex: Male
5. Year of birth: November 29, 1916
6. Place of birth: Village of Morozovo, Bely District, Smolensk Province
7. Party membership (since which year): Member of the Communist Party since January 1940
8. Education: Elementary
9. Nationality: Russian
10. Since which year in the Red Army: Since October 1, 1937
11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position occupied at the time of the award: Commanding officer of an SU-76 battery, 1814th Red Banner Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment
12. Current place of service and position: Deputy commander for personnel of the 854th Independent Self-Propelled Artillery Battalion
13. Home address of the awardee: Troop Unit / field post nr. 71537

14. List of all awards received:

Name of the order or medal

Serial number

Number of the document

Ground of award

Medal for Courage

55292

Temporary certificate nr. 62852

Order of the Leningrad Front nr. 01302 of June 5, 1942

Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class

112088

Temporary certificate nr. 499291

Order of the 3rd Grodno Guards Cavalry Corps nr. 025 of March 6, 1945

Order of the Red Star

1390498

Temporary certificate nr. Ye-093898

Order of the 3rd Grodno Guards Cavalry Corps nr. 037 of April 2, 1945

Order of the Red Banner [citation]

235600

Temporary certificate nr. Zh-363542

Order of the Armored and Mechanized Forces of the 2nd Belorussian Front nr. 075/N of May 25, 1945

Medal for Combat Merit

/

 

Decree of June 24, 1948

Order of the Red Star

3292344

 

Decree of November 5, 1954

Medal for the Victory over Germany

 

 

 

Medal for the Capture of Königsberg

 

 

 

Medal for the 30th Anniversary of the Soviet Army and Navy

 

 

 

Signature of the awardee: [signed]

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

Chief of staff of the 854th Independent Self-Propelled Artillery Battalion
Guards Senior Lieutenant [signed] /Tkachenko/
October 9, 1946


Award sheet

1. Last name, first name, and patronymic: Sleputin, Ivan Trofimovich
2. Rank: Captain
3. Position and unit: Commanding officer of a self-propelled gun battery of the 1814th Red Banner Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment, 3rd Grodno Red Banner Guards Cavalry Corps

Nominated for: Order of the Red Banner

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 (where and when): In the Patriotic War on the Leningrad Front, from August 1944 to October 1944 on the 2nd Belorussian Front, from October to December 1944 on the 3rd Belorussian Front, and since December 1944 on the 2nd Belorussian Front
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: Wounded in combat in 1942
9. Since when in the Red Army: 1937
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military Commissariat of the Bely District, Smolensk Province
11. Previous awards (for which achievements): Medal for Courage, Medal for the Defense of Leningrad, Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class by Order of the 3rd Grodno Red Banner Guards Cavalry Corps nr. 025 of March 6, 1945
12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and his family's address: _______________

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

During the liberation of Pomerania Captain Sleputin, the commanding officer of the 1st Self-Propelled Gun Battery, showed himself a fearless and talented commander. The battery's audacity and well-thought-out maneuvers sowed fear and panic among the enemy. On May 1, 1945, while serving with the 17th Cavalry Regiment, Captain Sleputin's battery repelled two fierce German counterattacks and held a crossing site in the Tornow Lake area. During the fighting up to 30 enemy soldiers and officers were killed and 5 machine guns and a quad-mounted antiaircraft gun were destroyed.

On May 2, 1945, upon capturing the towns of Rosenhagen and Spiegelhagen and Rosenhagen train station, Captain Sleputin's battery surged forward and, unexpected in the eyes of the enemy, rushed onto the central square in the city of Perleberg. The enemy put up stiff resistance at the train station. Before the cavalry and tanks had arrived, Captain Sleputin's battery had decided the outcome of battle. The enemy left a transport train with 10 guns and 15 vehicles behind at the station. 6 guns, 1 tank, 2 artillery tractors, 20 vehicles, 100 rifles, and 50 submachine guns and machine guns were captured. 150 enemy soldiers and officers were taken prisoner. 2 armored personnel carriers and 4 guns were destroyed and as many as 120 enemy soldiers and officers were killed.

For the personal bravery and fearlessness he displayed, Captain Sleputin deserves the Order of the Red Banner.

Commanding officer of the 1814th Red Banner Self-Propelled Artillery Regiment
Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Gaidayenko/
May 8, 1945



Artillery Major Ivan Trofimovich Sleputin, approximately 1948


Order of the Red Banner nr. 235600, obverse and reverse

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Order of the Red Banner nr. 235600, obverse


Order of the Red Banner nr. 235600, reverse


An SU-76M, the light self-propelled gun the 1814th regiment was equipped with


SU76's prior to battle, 1944


SU-76's driving into a village


The SU-76M's design


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