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Old 11-26-2011, 07:42 AM   #1
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Sup'jan, David Mironovich, Section Staff Head, 118th Heavy Howitzer Artillery Brigade

His rather tragic story has not been presented in full, so here it is.

What follows is based on partial translations/summaries from another forum, which are a bit jumbled. Sorry. I don't have full translations of much of the research.

David Mironovich Supyan, born in city of Polotsk 15 June 1919. "Hebrew," of clerical family out of working class background
CPSU 1943. Was expelled from the CPSU 2.12.47 for theft.
Belorussian and Jewish.
Wife Galina Ise(a?)kovna born 1920: daughter Lyudmila b. 1943, son Mikhail b. 1947

Order of the Red Star Nr. 311745 awarded 20.9.43
Order of the PW 2nd class Nr. 116666 awarded 24.8.44
Order of Alexander Nevsky Nr. 22.884 awarded 8.2.45
Order of the PW 1st class Nr. 206003 awarded 30.5.45
Medal for the Defense of Moscow
Medal for Victory over Germany
Medal for the Capture of Berlin
Medal for the Liberation of Warsaw
Medal for Combat Service w/o s/n awarded 20.6.49 (long service?)
Order of the Red Star Nr. 3154406 awarded 30.4.54 (long service?)

He studied for 3 years in the Art School in the city of Vitebsk (Belorussia) till August 1938. So he was an artist Then he entered an Artillery School... quite a turn in the priorities...

Sr Lt 1942
Captain 1942
Major 15.11.44 per 1st White Russian Front

Western Front 22 June 1941 to March 1943 (lightly wounded 27.2.42 in Smolensk Oblast-- which is a VERY painful place to be hit). Bryansk Front March to October 1943, 1st White Russian Front October 1943 to 9 May 1945

QUESTION #23: Found guilty by an officers board for appropriating the tires of a light automobile. (But remained in the army, though with a "blot" on his service.)

Cadet 2nd Moscow Artillery School August 1938
Cadet 1st Leningrad Artillery School August 1939
Squad Leader 10th Artillery Rgt of 48th Rifles Division 5.10.40
Since May 10, 1940 he was a commander of a management platoon in 10th Artillery Regiment (48th Rifle Division).
CO of Reconnaissance Bn, 320th Something Artilley Rgt ("PAP") 28th Artillery West Front
Since 1941 he was a chief of reconnaissance of an artillery divizion (not Division) in 320th PAP of 28th Army, Western Front. In Russian PAP (ПАП) means Пушечный Артиллерийский Полк - Cannon (or Gun) Artillery Regiment. It was one type of Artillery Regiment used in Red Army. Another was GAP (ГАП) - Гаубичный Артиллерийский Полк (Howitzer Artillery Regiment).
Chief of staff, independent battery 364th Division Western Front - Next position - divizion's (not Division's) Chief of Staff in 364th Red Banner Howitzer Artillery Regiment (GAP) RGK.
Later he was a commander of a Staff Battery of 364th Red Banner Howitzer Artillery Regiment (GAP) RGK. RGK (РГК) means Резерва Главного Командования (Chief Commander's Reserve).
Bn CO 118.... 6th Art Div 3.6.44 - Next position - divizion's Chief of Staff in 118th TGABr, 6th Artillery Division. ТГАБр (TGABr) - means Heavy Howitzer Artillery Brigade - Тяжелая Гаубичная Артиллерийская Бригада. After 1943 many Artillery Regiments of RGK were transformed in Artillery Brigades that were united in Artillery Divisions (another name Breakthrough Artillery Divisions - Артиллерийская Дивизия Прорыва).
Deputy CO School.... 118... 6th Artillery Division
Since March 20, 1946 he was a Deputy of the Head of Officer Artillery School in 118th TGABr. Those schools were created in many units and provided additional training for junior officers who lack experience.
Since October 16, 1946 he hold the same position, but in 10th TGABr GSOVG. GSOVG (ГСОВГ) means Группа Советских Оккупационных Войск в Германии - A Group of Soviet Occupation Troops in Germany.
But DESPITE being expelled from the Party over The Tires Incident he was NOT cashiered from the army.
At disposal of CO Forces, Kiev Military District 28.2.50
CO of (Platoon Battery Course???) 706 .... Art Rgt - Then he was transferred to Kiev Military District in 1950 and served as a platoon commander in 706th Regular (Кадровый) Howitzer Artillery Regiment (5th Guards Regular Artillery Breakthrough Division RGK).
Staff CO Officers Cadre Battalion 67th Howitzer Artillery Rgt, 5th Guards Artillery Division... 30.4.51 - From 1951 he became divizion's Chief of Staff in 67th Howitzer Artillery Brigade in the same 5th Guards Artillery Breakthrough Division RGK.
Discharged to the Reserves 21.1.55
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Old 11-26-2011, 07:50 AM   #2
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Re: Major David Mironovich Sup'yan

The Nevsky:

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AWARD CITATION

1. First, middle and last names Supyan David Mironovich
2. Rank Major
3. Position, unit Chief of staff of battalion, 118th heavy-howitzer artillery twice holding Order of the Red Banner destruction brigade, 6th artillery Mozyrskaya holding Order of the Red Banner Division, reserve of main command

Is recommended for the government award, order of Alexander Nevsky

4. Year of birth 1919
5. Nationality Jew
6. Party membership CPSU(B) member since 1943
7. Participation in the civil war and other military actions aimed at the defense of the USSR (where and when) in the Patriotic War from June 22, 1941 at Western, Bryansk and Byelorussia fronts
8. Wounds or contusions received during the Patriotic War wounded on March 7, 1942
9. In the Red Army since September 10, 1938
10. Drafted by what district military commissariat Vitebsk military commissariat, Vitebsk
11. Previous awards order of Red Star, under order to 118-th heavy-howitzer artillery twice holding Order of the Red Banner destruction brigade (GAKBR) N 03/N of March 7, 1942 and with order of the Patriotic war, 2nd cl. order of the 1st Byelorrusian Front N 0116 of August 24, 1944
12. Permanent home address (of the prospective awardee or his/her family) Gorky region, Semenov, 64 Internatsionalnaya st.
Wife – Reifman Galina Isakovna
Identity card MG - 000001 No 173442

I. Brief description of personal feat or merits

During the period of preparation for the breakthrough operation in the region of Grabu-Pilitza-Vyborun under the command of Major Supyan a thorough reconnaissance of the forward edge and the nearest depth of enemy’s defense was organised.

At the moment of the artillery attack on January 14, 1944 thanks to the timely and precise planning, all the planned targets were destroyed with the division fire which facilitated advancing of infantry troops with few losses.

At all stages of a battle as he moved forward, major Supyan skillfully organised coordination with the infantry and timely opened fire by request of infantry commanders which facilitated successful advancing of our rifle units.

Deserves the government award, the order of Alexander Nevsky.

Commander of 118-th heavy-howitzer artillery twice holding Order of the Red Banner destruction brigade 6th artillery Mozyrskaya holding Order of the Red Banner Division, reserve of main command
Colonel (signed) /Balagurov/
January 21, 1945

Deserves the government award, order of the Patriotic War, 1st cl.
Commander of the 6th Artillery Mozirskaya holding order of the Red Banner division,
Lieutenant Colonel (signed) /Zernov/
January 24, 1945

Under order of the Commander of the Artillery of 1-st Byelorussian front No 015 of February 8, 1944 was awarded with the order of Alexander Nevsky
Chief assistant of the Head of Personnel department, Ukrainian district 1st Byelorussian front
Major of executive department (signed) /Vasilyev/
The OPW1:

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AWARD CITATION

1. First, middle and last names Supyan David Mironovich
2. Rank Major
3. Position, unit Chief of staff of battalion of 118-th heavy-howitzer artillery twice holding Order of the Red Banner destruction brigade of 6-th artillery Mozyrskaya Lenin order holding order of the Red Banner Division of break-through, reserve of main command

Is recommended for the order of Red Banner

4. Year of birth 1919
5. Nationality Jew
6. Party membership CPSU(B) member since 1943
7. Participation in the civil war and other military actions aimed at the defense of the USSR (where and when) in the Patriotic War from June 22, 1941 at Western, Bryansk and Byelorussian fronts
8. Wounds or contusions received during the Patriotic War wounded in August 8, 1941 and February 27, 1942
9. In the Red Army since September 1, 1938
10. Drafted by what district military commissariat Vitebsk military commissariat
11. Previous awards the order of “Red Star”
by order of 118-th heavy-howitzer artillery twice holding Order of the Red Banner destruction brigade (GAKBR) N 03/N of September 20, 1943, with the order of the Patriotic war, 1st cl., by order of the Artillery Commander of 1-st Byelorrusian Front No 0116 of August 24, 1944 and with the order of Alexander Nevsky by order of the Artillery Commander of 1-st Byelorrusian Front No 0151 of February 8, 1945
12. Permanent home address (of the prospective awardee or his/her family) Gorky region, Semenov, 64 Internatsionalnaya st.
Wife – Reifman Galina Isakovna

Identity card MG - 000001 N 173442

I. Brief description of personal feat or merits

In a breakthrough battles on the western shore of the river Oder due to well-organised and skillful use of all resources detected all fire systems at the enemy forward edge and in the nearest depth. Properly analysing and adequately assessing the existing situation and coordinating actions with the supported rifle units ensured maximal efficiency of battalion fire. On April 19, 1945 in the battle on the river Friedlanddershtrom the enemy with the forces of infantry and artillery tried to block our movement. Especially considerable obstacle for our crossing the river was formed by rocket projectors and artillery from the Veve village. Having detected the location of the enemy’s artillery and rocket projectors, the battalion produced a mass fire attack that neutralized the enemy artillery.

During the follow-up he organized accurate coordination of actions with rocket units and due to that battaries commanders moved in the military line of the retreating enemy and accompanied them with the fire defeating large and small groups of the resisting enemy. In the battle for Berlin using howitzer in the battles provided continuous fire command and as a result a strong unit of enemy resistance in Mullerstrasse was defeated, our infantry occupied several city districts including the Reichstag building. In Berlin operation by mass attack of the battalion and direct fire weapons 12 barrel machine-guns, 3 artillery batteries, 6 buildings were destroyed, more than 120 soldiers and officers were killed.

Deserves the government award, the order of Red Banner

Commander of 118th heavy-howitzer artillery twice holding Order of the Red Banner destruction brigade 6 artillery Mozyrskaya Lenin order holding order of the Red Banner Division of break-through, reserve of main command
Lieutenant Colonel (signed) /Luchenko/
May 1945

Commander of 6 artillery Mozyrskaya Lenin order holding order of the Red Banner Division of break-through, reserve of main command
Major General of Artillery (signed)
May 13, 1945

Under order of the Commander of the Artillery of the 1-st Byelorussian Front N 0205 of May 30, 1945 was awarded with order of the Patriotic War, 1st cl.
Chief Assistant of the Head of the Personnel Dpt
Lieutenant Colonel of executive department (Vasilyev)
Signed
June , 1945
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Re: Major David Mironovich Sup'yan

The OPW2:

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AWARD CITATION

First, middle and last name SUPYAN DAVID MIRONOVICH
Rank Captain
Position, unit Chief of staff of battalion of 118-th heavy-howitzer artillery twice holding Order of the Red Banner destruction brigade of 6-th artillery Mozyrskaya Division

Is recommended for the award-order “Patriotic War, 1st cl.”

Year of birth: 1919
Nationality: Jew
Party membership: CPSU(B) member since 1943
Participation in the Civil War and subsequent military actions for the defense of the USSR and in the Patriotic War (where, when): in the Patriotic War from June 22, 1941 at Western, Bryansk and Byelorussia fronts
Wound or contusions
- in the Patriotic war wounded in March 27, 1942
In the Red Army since since September 15, 1939
Drafted by what military commissariat: Vitebsk military commissariat
Which orders and medals awarded (for what merits): the order of “Red Star”
order 118 to 118th Howitzer artillery holding order of the Red Banner destruction brigade No 03/N of September 20, 1943
Permanent address of the prospective awardee and his family Semenov, Gorky region,.. 64 3-Internatsionala st.
Wife Reifman Galina Isakovna
Identity card MG 000001 N 173442

BRIEF, CONCRETE DESCRIPTION OF PERSONAL FEAT OR MERITS

During the battles for liberation of the city of Kovel and breaking through of the enemy’s defense Captain SUPYAN controlling the battalion fire exerted himself as a brave, courageous and competent commanding artilleryman.

During the battles when following the retreating enemy, he organized close interaction with the infantry units. The commanders of the battery being in the military dispositions of companies, accompanied them with the fire, annihilating fire pieces and enemy’s manpower.

Comrade SUPYAN having no supporting forces organized quality district survey that resulted in annihilating and neutralization of enemy’s weapon emplacement with the minimal use of shells.

When forcing the river Zapadny Bug Captain SUPYAN without any temporary bridge organized reconnaissance of the passage and carried the artillery equipment to the western shore of the river.

The military dispositions on the western shore gave a possibility to manoeuvre the trajectories, provide the infantry at the flanks and at turn-offs, and to cover it safely during enemy’s counter-attacks.

During the period of attack thanks to the appropriate planning the division annihilated: in the region of the Starye Koshary village 4 machine-gun units and enemy’s observation posts, the fire of the one mine battery was neutralized. In the district of Stolenskie Smolyary village three machine-gun units were annihilated, artillery and mortar battery fire and two machine guns were neutralized, counter-attack of infantry and tanks of the enemy was repulsed, which contributed to the successful advance of our rifle battalions with minimal losses.

For a skillful fire control of the division in the battle, for the personal bravery and courage displayed in the fights with the German occupants he deserves the government award, the order of the Patriotic War, 1st cl.

Commander of 118-th heavy-howitzer artillery twice holding Order of the Red Banner destruction brigade of 6-th artillery Mozyrskaya Division, reserve of main command
Colonel (signed) /Balagurov/
August 03, 1944

II. HIGHER COMMAND CONCLUSION
Deserves the government award Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd cl.
Commander of 6-th artillery Mozyrskaya Division, reserve of main command
Guards Major General of Artillery (signed) /???/
August 7, 1944

Under order of the artillery commander of August 8, 1944 was awarded with the order of the Patriotic War, 2nd cl.
Chief assistant of the head of personnel department
Major of executive department (signed) /Vasilyev/
Unfortunately, the 1943 Red Star (#311745) recommendation is untranslated. The second Red Star (#3154406) and Combat Service (unnumbered) are long service awards.

And here is the good soldier who stole tires.
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Re: Major David Mironovich Sup'jan

As I work this toward a JOMSA article, I've been scanning his individual awards. Thinking there might possibly be some interest, I'm add them to this thread.

-- Order of Alexander Nevsky - 22884
-- Order of the Patriotic War, 1st class - 206003
-- Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd class - 116666
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Re: Major David Mironovich Sup'jan

-- Order of the Red Star - 311745
-- Order of the Red Star - 3154406
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Re: Sup'jan, David Mironovich, 118th Heavy Howitzer Artillery Brigade

His Patriotic War II Citation.
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Re: Sup'jan, David Mironovich, 118th Heavy Howitzer Artillery Brigade

His Patriotic War I Citation.

His other citations can not be found, as they are missing from his digital record card and the translations given here are so dire that it's hard to pinpoint anything.
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His Moscow and Warsaw acts.
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His Berlin and Victory Acts.
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