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Old 09-22-2012, 09:52 AM   #11
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Re: Lieutenant-Colonel Mihail Aleksandrovich Tolkachev

Research is in (thanks, Auke!).

The record card:

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Order booklet nr. A-489340

1. Last name: Tolkachov
2. First name and patronymic: Mikhail Aleksandrovich
3. Military rank: Guards Major
4. Sex: Male
5. Year of birth: 1918
6. Place of birth: Village of Sylva, Shalya Raion, Sverdlovsk Oblast
7. Party membership (since which year): Member of the Communist Party since 1939
8. Education: Secondary
9. Nationality: Russian
10. Since which year in the Red Army: Since September 1938
11. Place of service (name of the unit) and position at the time of the award: Deputy chief of staff of the 22nd Guards Motorized Rifle Brigade
12. Current place of service and position: Battalion commander in the 22nd Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment
13. Home address of the awardee: 88 Sverdlov Street, village of Shalya, Sverdlovsk Oblast

14. Record of all awards received:

Name of the order or medal Its number Number of its document Ground of award
Order of the Red Star 83449 Temporary certificate nr. 272420 Order of the 253rd Independent Rifle Brigade nr. 07/N of March 2, 1943
Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class 50201 Temporary certificate nr. A-995715 Order of the 3rd Guards Tank Army nr. 0133/N of October 22, 1943
Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class 128164 Temporary certificate nr. D-422536 Order of the 3rd Guards Tank Army nr. 02/N of January 29, 1945
Order of the Red Banner 270059 Temporary certificate nr. Z-003153 Order of the 3rd Guards Tank Army nr. 101/N of May 13, 1945
Medal for the Victory over Germany - Permanent certificate nr. G-0086579 Decree of May 9, 1945
Medal for the Capture of Berlin - Permanent certificate nr. A-008930 Decree of June 9, 1945
Medal for the Liberation of Prague - Permanent certificate nr. A-150623 Decree of June 9, 1945
Polish Medal for Victory and Freedom - Permanent certificate nr. 011328 Decree of the Presidium of the State National Council of October 26, 1945
Medal for Combat Merit Unnumbered Decree of June 20, 1949
Order of the Red Star 3230898 Decree of November 5, 1954

Signature of the awardee: [signed]

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

Commander of the 22nd Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment
Colonel [signed] /Anisimov/
January[?] 13, 1947
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:54 AM   #12
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Re: Lieutenant-Colonel Mihail Aleksandrovich Tolkachev

The recommendation for his first OPW 1 (that started out as a Red Star, turned into a Kutozov 3 -- which seems deserved -- and then bacem the OPW 1).

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Award sheet

1. Last name, first name and patronymic: Tolkachov, Mikhail Aleksandrovich
2. Rank: Captain
3. Position and unit: Chief of staff of the 1059th Rifle Regiment, 297th Slavyansk Rifle Division
Nominated for: Order of the Red Star
4. Year of birth: 1918
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): Has been participating in the Patriotic War since August 1942
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: No
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since 1938
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military Commissariat of the Pervouralsk Raion, Sverdlovsk Oblast
11. Awards received previously (for which merits): Order of the Red Star
12. Permanent home address (of the prospective awardee or his family): ______________

Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:

Serving as chief of staff of the 1059th Rifle Regiment, Captain M.A. Tolkachov took direct part in developing the plans for operations conducted by the regiment between February 22, 1943 and September 28, 1943. In combat he provided the attacking units with clear operational directions. The results of the implemented plans that had been developed with Comrade Tolkachov’s active participation were the breakthrough of the heavily fortified German line of defense on the western shore of the Seversky Donets River near Krivaya Luka on September 4 and 5, 1943, the subsequent push forward, and the capture of the towns of Krivaya Luka, Zakotnoye, Kolenniki, Bezkrovny, Rai-Aleksandrovka. The regiment also captured the city of Slavyansk and height 168.4, which towered over Slavyansk. Its capture was ensured by the advance of our troops to the west and southwest of Slavyansk and the capture of the village of Shostakovka, where the enemy attempted to hold back our troops’ offensive.

As a result of Captain Tolkachov’s capable and clear operational leadership, the regiment killed up to 950 enemy soldiers and officers, destroyed 8 cargo trucks, 2 artillery batteries, 1 mortar battery, and 10 wooden bunkers, and captured 10 motorcycles, 3 ammunition depots, 30 bicycles, 2 fuel depots, and 6 mounted machine guns and other small-caliber guns. Comrade Tolkachov deserves this nomination for the Order of the Red Star.

Commander of the 1059th Rifle Regiment
Major [signed] /Averin/
September 26, 1943

He deserves to be awarded the Order of Kutuzov, 3rd Class.

Commander of the 297th Slavyansk Rifle Division
Colonel [signed] /Matveyev/
September 29, 1943
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:56 AM   #13
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Re: Lieutenant-Colonel Mihail Aleksandrovich Tolkachev

The second OPW 1 (which stayed that way throughout the process):

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1. Last name, first name and patronymic: Tolkachov, Aleksandr Semyonovich
2. Rank: Guards Captain
3. Position and unit: Deputy chief of staff for operational affairs of the 22nd Guards Fastov Red Banner Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Motorized Rifle Brigade
Nominated for: Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class
4. Year of birth: 1917
5. Nationality: Russian
6. Party affiliation: Member of the Communist Party since 1939
7. Participation in the Civil War, the subsequent combat actions to defend the USSR and the Patriotic War (where and when): On the Bryansk and Voronezh Front from August 1942 through May 1943, on the Southwestern and 3rd Ukrainian Front from May 1943 through June 1943, and on the 1st Ukrainian Front since October 1944
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: No
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since August 1938
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military Commissariat of the Pervouralsk Raion, Sverdlovsk (Ural) Oblast
11. Awards received previously (for which merits) and award dates: Order of the Red Star in February 1943 by Order of the 3rd Guards Tank Army and Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class in October 1943 by Order of the 3rd Guards Tank Army
12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and the address of his family: ______________

Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:

During the period of combat operations Guards Captain A.S. Tolkachov, who was serving as deputy chief of staff for operational affairs, brought the activities of his section up to the proper level.

By providing information about the combat situation in a timely manner, delivering combat orders to the units, and thoroughly checking if they were executed, he contributed to the brigade’s successful execution of its combat mission.

Under enemy fire, comrade Tolkachev took an active part in the putting the brigade’s units across the Nida and Pilica Rivers. The crossing was accomplished in an exemplary manner.

For displayed bravery and courage comrade Tolkachov deserves the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class.

Chief of staff
Guards Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Steinberg/
January 24, 1945

I apply for him to be awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class.

Brigade commander
Guards Colonel [signed] /Bogdanov/
January 24, 1945

He deserves the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class.

Commander of the 6th Guards Tank Corps
Guards Major General [signed] /Novikov/
January 27, 1945

He is to be awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class.

Commander of the 3rd Guards Tank Army
Guards Colonel General [signed] /Rybalko/

Member of the army’s Military Council
Guards Lieutenant General of the Tank Forces [signed] /Melnikov/
January …, 1945
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Old 09-22-2012, 09:58 AM   #14
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Re: Lieutenant-Colonel Mihail Aleksandrovich Tolkachev

The recommendation for his Order of the Red Banner (which started out as a Lenin):

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Award sheet

1. Last name, first name and patronymic: Tolkachov, Aleksandr Semyonovich
2. Rank: Guards Captain
3. Position and unit: Deputy chief of staff for operational affairs of the 22nd Guards Fastov Red Banner Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Motorized Rifle Brigade
Nominated for: Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class
4. Year of birth: 1917
5. Nationality: Russian
6. Party affiliation: Member of the Communist Party since 1939
7. Participation in the Civil War, the subsequent combat actions to defend the USSR and the Patriotic War (where and when): On the Bryansk and Voronezh Front from August 1942 through May 1943, on the Southwestern and 3rd Ukrainian Front from May 1943 through June 1943, and on the 1st Ukrainian Front since October 1944
8. Wounds and contusions received during the Patriotic War: No
9. Since when in the Red Army: Since August 1938
10. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military Commissariat of the Pervouralsk Raion, Sverdlovsk (Ural) Oblast
11. Awards received previously (for which merits) and award dates: Order of the Red Star in February 1943 by Order of the 3rd Guards Tank Army and Order of the Patriotic War, 1st Class in October 1943 by Order of the 3rd Guards Tank Army
12. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee and the address of his family: ______________

Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:

Comrade Tolkachov has been serving as deputy chief of staff for operational affairs. Throughout the brigade’s combat operations he showed himself a courageous and rising commander.

On April 24, 1945, during the crossing of the Teltow Canal, Guards Captain Tolkachov was with the infantry formations. Under enemy artillery fire he managed to organize the crossing of the brigade’s units with makeshift means.

During the street fighting in Berlin, comrade Tolkachov has been skillfully organizing the cooperation between the newly assigned reinforcements and the attacking infantry.

In combat he acts boldly and decisively. He carries out all tasks assigned to him, disregarding the danger to life. For bravery and courage displayed in combat he deserves to be awarded the Order of the Lenin.

Chief of staff of the 22nd Guards Fastov Red Banner Orders of Suvorov and Bogdan Khmelnitsky Motorized Rifle Brigade
Guards Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Steinberg/
… …, 1945

I apply for him to be awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

Commander of the 22nd Guards Fastov Red Banner Orders of Suvorov and Bogdan Khmelnitsky Motorized Rifle Brigade
Guards Colonel [signed] /Bogdanov/
April 27, 1945

He deserves the Order of the Red Banner.

Commander of the 6th Guards Kiev Red Banner Orders of Suvorov and Bogdan Khmelnitsky Tank Corps
Guards Major General of the Tank Forces [signed] /Mitrofanov/
May 1, 1945

He is to be awarded the Order of the Red Banner.

Commander of the 3rd Guards Tank Army
Guards Colonel General [signed] /Rybalko/

Member of the army’s Military Council
Guards Lieutenant General of the Tank Forces [signed] /Melnikov/
May …, 1945
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Old 09-22-2012, 10:00 AM   #15
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Re: Lieutenant-Colonel Mihail Aleksandrovich Tolkachev

And the recommendation for his first Red Star:

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Last name, first name and patronymic: Tolkachov, Mikhail Aleksandrovich
Military rank: Senior Lieutenant
Position and unit: Assistant chief of staff of the 1st Independent Rifle Battalion, 253rd Independent Rifle Brigade
Nominated for an award
1. Year of birth: 1918
2. Nationality: Russian
3. Since when in the Army: 1938
4. Party affiliation: Member of the Communist Party since 1939
5. Participation in combat (where and when): Has been participating in the Patriotic War since July 31, 1942 on the Voronezh Front
6. Wounds and contusions received: No
7. Awards received previously: None
8. Drafted by which military commissariat: Military Commissariat of the Pervouralsk Raion, Sverdlovsk Oblast
9. Permanent home address of the prospective awardee or his family: ______________

Short, concrete description of his combat feat or merits:

On January 27, 1943, after all rifle company commanders had been taken out of action during an enemy counterattack at the village of Medvezhinskoye, he halted the battalion’s retreat and personally led the soldiers in an attack. As a result of the rapid attack, the soldiers seized the village and dislodged the enemy from the area.

Afterward he launched a decisive offensive, destroying a concentration of enemy forces. He acted exclusively in a brave manner.

Battalion commander
Captain [signed]

Chief of staff
Senior Lieutenant [signed]

I award the Order of the Red Star.

Commander of the 253rd Independent Rifle Brigade
Colonel [signed] /Krutikhin/

Chief of staff of the 253rd Independent Rifle Brigade
Lieutenant Colonel [signed] /Lisovik/
March 2, 1943
Other awards are for long service.

Much more remains . . . watch this space . . . .
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Re: Lieutenant-Colonel Mihail Aleksandrovich Tolkachev

Medals73,
This another wonderful and extensive group tracing back to Dave S.

As you probably bought directly from him, you must know that Tolkachev appears in Dave's book "No Deed Forgotten" with his picture on the cover, his biography (pp.20-21), and citation for Red Banner (p.91).

I am surprised you seem to have got translations of the Podvig Naroda citations and not the uncensored Podolsk photocopies. Seems the group had already been fully researched back in 2005.
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Re: Lieutenant-Colonel Mihail Aleksandrovich Tolkachev

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Medals73,
This another wonderful and extensive group tracing back to Dave S.

As you probably bought directly from him, you must know that Tolkachev appears in Dave's book "No Deed Forgotten" with his picture on the cover, his biography (pp.20-21), and citation for Red Banner (p.90).

I am surprised you seem to have got translations of the Podvig Naroda citations and not the uncensored Podolsk photocopies. Seems the group had already been fully researched back in 2005.
Yes, but for some reason, that material never came to me among the tons of other information. I have many pictures of him, his buddies, tanks they killed, hanging out with Chinese friends, etc.
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Re: Lieutenant-Colonel Mihail Aleksandrovich Tolkachev

Too bad he didn't pass the research he had on Tolkachev... probably got lost/mixed among his pile of other research papers. At least you got all the personal photos and other documents of that group!

You've got a very interesting group and with lot of information to be able to research it even more. I just googled a bit and it seems I was able to find additional information about Tolkachev. Not sure 100% it's the same man, but if you have his exact birthdate you could confirm.

Born on 21 November 1918, Died on 14 October 2001. Is buried in Yekaterinburg, Sverdlovsk Oblast, Russia. [See burial tombstone]

On another website, we could read that he had a (internal) passport issued to him on 24 March 1976, listing same birthdate and birth place: village/town of Zalazna, Omutninsky Region, Kirov Oblast, and with his place of living: City of Yekaterinburg, 4 Voevodina street, apartment # 134.
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Re: Tolkachev, Mihail Aleksandrovich, Lieutenant-Colonel, 22nd Guards Moto-Rifle Brig

Here is the citation for his first Red Star.
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Re: Tolkachev, Mihail Aleksandrovich, Lieutenant-Colonel, 22nd Guards Moto-Rifle Brig

Here is the Citation for his first Patriotic War I.
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