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Old 08-19-2003, 08:27 AM   #11
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Another effort -- still not so good -- at the reverse of the Red Banner. Digital camera new and cranky. Sorry.

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Old 10-09-2003, 10:57 AM   #12
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Last night, as I was going through the massive stack of papers that came with this pair, trying to piece my man's career together, I was using the services of my colleague who does Russian history and exchanging translations for alcohol and food.

Toward the end of the evening, we worked down to a document that ended the evening. He wanted to leave it "for next time". His only comment was that he wondered how many who got this piece of paper survived.

So, what is it?

Guess if I am going to keep up this love-affair with heavily documented groups, I'd better learn Russian, eh?


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Old 10-09-2003, 11:08 AM   #13
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Also with the group, an engraved silver cigarette case (which may not scan too well at the required size):

And, on the reverse, something like "From the Workers and Employees of the Samara Regional City Maintenance Industry on the Day of the 5th Anniversary. 23 Feb 23."
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Old 10-09-2003, 11:33 AM   #14
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It's a pass to the 11th Leningrad Military District Party Conference.
Inside is the menu of events planned.

"Be civil to all, sociable to many, familiar with few, friend to one, enemy to none." Benjamin Franklin
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Old 10-09-2003, 01:10 PM   #15
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This was one of the nicest groups i´ve seen on this forum. I makes me shiver down my spine. Truly wonderful.
Feel free to email me when you wish to part from it.
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Research on this man/group has just come in and it is a large bundle, only partially translated. Just now, my memories of history and geography are a bit thin.

Precis follows, for commentary:

Born 27 March 1894, Dvinsk, Vitebsk Province, ethnicity Pole, "worker" (wood miller)

Seems to have served in imperial army from 1914, attended 5th Ensign's School, 1917, did not graduate - highest rank junior non-commissioned officer

Drafted/volunteer in 1st Vitebsk Regiment, 3 June 1918, by November was company commander, Company 9

Saw combat: July-August 1918 against "Czecho-Slavko" and Kolchak, August 1918 battle of Sibirsk, , October 1918 at Alexander bridge near the station of Batraki, January 1919 at Orienburg, June 1919-March 1920 "in all battles when crossing the Ural Mountains"

15 June 1919 - battle near Uzbekovo, won Red Banner - Order No 420 of Revolutionary War Council, 1920

17 June 1920 to 1st Ural Fortress Regiment as chief of the regiment school

2 September 1920 to 511th Rifle Regiment as acting assistant commander

24 October 1920 to 39th Rifle Regiment as second in command

Saw Combat: June-October 1920 against White Poles, August-October 1920 at Brest Litovsk and vicinity (?), October 1920-May 1922 against bandits around Minsk

16 November 1923 discharged on ground of order 2070/353 of Revolutionary War Council, 1921 - ???

7 January 1924 to 101st Rifle Regiment as assistant commander

18 November 1924 to 102nd Rifle Regiment as battalion commander

20 January 1925 to staff of 34th Rifle Division as senior assistant to operation unit commander

15 November 1926 to 101st Rifle Regiment as assistant commander for rifle affairs - temporary commander 7 April 1927

11 August 1927 on probation at Frunze Military Academy

13 November 1928 instructor at Saratov Comm. Reserve School

1930 becomes candidate for party membership (never a member)

13 February 1931 student at Leningrad Armored Tank Courses

24 May 1931 instructor at Saratov Armored Tank School, head from 1 December 1931

25 March 1932 Ulyanovsk Armored Tank School, battalion commander

17 May 1935 training armored battalion of 11th Mechanized Brigade, battalion commander

February 1936 major

14 May 1936 regiment commander of 16th Mechanised Regiment

April 1937 colonel

16 August 1938 discharged to reserve by "Cl. 43, i. b" - reinstated

10 April 1939 assistanta s chair of mechanised troop tactics at Electrotechnical Academy of the Red Army

9 July 1937 "PDC 01362 of August 16, 1939 to be cancelled" ???

2 April 1940 - brigade comamnder

8 April 1940 major general

1941 - 23rd Army

20 September 1941 killed in action

6 February 1942 Order of Red Banner

No mention of the 20 Years of Ws' and Ps' Red Army medal. Yet. But he wears it. There is no document for it.

More to come as I rummage and dig.

Comments and reading list, please.


We learn much more from his 1940 autobiography.


Of (rank, first name, patronymic, and last name): Colonel Vatslav Bronislavovich Lavrinovich

I was born on March 27, 1894 in the city of Dvinsk, Vitebsk Governorate, in a family of workers. Until 1909 my father worked in workshops of the Riga-Oryol Railway Line in the city of Dvinsk. In 1909 my father left my mother and traveled to Leningrad, where he worked in various factories. Neither my mother nor I have heard anything about him since. From 1905 to 1906 my mother worked at a flax mill in ******shchina, city of Vitebsk. From 1906 to 1915 she worked as a seamstress at Lurye Tailor’s Workshop in Dvinsk and from 1915 to the October Revolution as a nurse at the Red Cross hospital in the city of Polotsk. She currently lives with my sister in the city of Kalinin.

Concerning my family members: of my two sisters, Maria Bronislavovna Konderova lives in the city of Kalinin and is studying at Kalinin Teachers College, while Adelaida Bronislavovna Bellevich lives in Smolensk, where she works at the Print Circulation Bureau. My brother, Mechislav Bronislavovich Lavrinovich, served in the Red Army since 1918, was wounded at the city of Sengilei, and died of his wounds at Vitebsk Military Hospital.

I don’t have and have never had any relatives living abroad.

I am married to Klavdia Sergeyevna Vasilyeva, a native of Samara. She worked as a teacher, but is currently unemployed. She doesn’t have any siblings. My wife’s father, Sergei Petrovich Vasilyev, worked in trade prior to 1914, worked at the Samara-Zlatoust Railway Line from 1914 to 1922 and died in 1922. My wife’s mother, Lyubov Fedotovna Vasilyeva, worked as a housekeeper and currently lives with me.

Until 1909 I attended 3rd City School in the city of Dvinsk, where I had three classes of education. From 1909 to 1912 I worked as an apprentice at Weinstein Bentwood Furniture Factory and from 1912 to 1914 I worked at Kovorsky Bentwood Furniture Factory in Dvinsk as a wood-milling machine operator. In 1914 I was called up early for the Tsarist Army and assigned to the 51st Reserve Battalion in Dvinsk. At the end of 1914 I was sent to the front and assigned to the 87th Nyslot Regiment. On February 17, 1915 I was wounded at the city of Łomża. I spent some time recovering in a hospital in Leningrad and was then granted a six-month leave to restore my health. After my convalescence in 1916 I was sent to a Polish reserve regiment in Bobruisk. In 1916 I passed my external exam for volunteers of the 2nd category and at the end of 1916 I was sent from Bobruisk to 5th Kiev Officer Candidate School, which I didn’t finish. In 1917 I was sent to the German front as a Corporal, where I was taken prisoner by the Germans on June 18 near the city of Molodechno. I then spent time in the 50th Prisoner-of-War Camp in the city of Grodno. On June 1, 1918 I returned from captivity to Vitebsk.

I voluntarily joined the Red Army in Vitebsk on June 3, 1918 and started serving with the 1st Vitebsk Regiment as a platoon leader. On June 25, 1918 my regiment, which was subordinated to the 1st Free Simbirsk Division, was sent to the Eastern Front. In November 1918 I was appointed commander of the 9th Company. In January 1919 the regiment was renamed to 209th Vitebsk Rifle Regiment, and the division to 24th Railway Rifle Division. With my regiment I participated in all battles on the Eastern Front in 1918 and 1919. In February 1920 I was appointed officer for particularly important assignments with the commander of the Ural Fortified District. In June 1920 I was assigned to the 1st Ural Fortress Regiment, and during the same month the regiment was transfered to the Polish Front. Upon arrival at the front the regiment was renamed to 511th Rifle Regiment, 57th Rifle Division. In this regiment I occupied the positions of regimental chief of reconnaissance, battalion commander and deputy regimental commander. With my regiment I participated in all battles.

When the 57th Rifle Division was disbanded I was assigned to the 34th Rifle Regiment as a battalion commander. In 1921 I was appointed assistant regimental commander. In June 1922 I was discharged from the Red Army, as I wanted to visit my hometown. From 1922 to 1923 I worked as an instructor at the Samara City Community Services Department. In November 1923 I rejoined the Red Army and was assigned to the 101st Rifle Regiment in the city of Syzran as deputy regimental commander. At the end of 1924 the position of deputy regimental commander was abolished and I was appointed battalion commander in the 102nd Rifle Regiment in Samara. In January 1925 I was appointed assistant chief of the Operations Section of the 34th Rifle Division in Samara. At the end of 1926 I was appointed assistant commander of the 100th Rifle Regiment in Ufa. In November 1928 I was appointed lecturer at a school in Saratov. In 1932 I was appointed battalion commander at the Ulyanovsk Armor School. In 1935 I was appointed commander of a training battalion in the 11th Tank Brigade, in May 1936 I was appointed commander of the 18th Tank Regiment, 16th Cavalry Division, and in April 1939 I was appointed lecturer at Military Electrotechnical Academy.

In the Red Army I graduated from Higher Military Pedagogical School in Leningrad in 1929, I finished the Leningrad Advanced Armor Officer Training Course in 1935, and I finished the Academic Technical Officer Training Course at the Academy of Mechanized and Motorized Forces in Moscow in 1935.

At Saratov Armor School in 1931 I became a member of the Communist Party with party membership booklet number 0470445. From 1936 to 1938 I was a member of the 16th Cavalry Division Party Committee. I have never received a party penalty and have never been a member of the opposition or other factions. I have never served in the White Army.

With my unit I took part in the February Revolution, that is, I took part in the manifestations. I haven’t been a member of other political parties and have never been taken prisoner by the Whites.

For the fighting at the Belaya River on June 15, 1919 I was awarded the Order of the Red Banner, and I have been awarded the Jubilee Medal for 20 Years of the Red Army.

Colonel [signed] /Lavrinovich/
March 5, 1940
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Old 12-26-2014, 12:06 AM   #17
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Re: Major-General Vatslav Bronislavovich Lavrinovich

Here are two original records of his death and the original ukaz awarding him the Red Banner (which was never issued?)
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