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Old 12-06-2011, 01:02 PM   #11
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3/4 of my searches result in a dead end.
Wow! I'm impressed. I suspect they either don't really have over 12 millions records available or there is some problem in the search engine making many records not available through search engine.

Unfortunately, I am not a Russian speaker neither. However, I am constantly learning and improving and use many tools to help me. I find there is so much wealth of information in the Russian internet that it would be a shame to not use it. As for podvignaroda, I like to look at my soldiers' subordinates or superiors award citations, or to read citations for other members of the same small unit. This can help better understanding the fighting that unit went through during that time and consequently, it helps learning more about the individual soldier that we research. Also, you can use the site to research Military IDs or other IDs.

As for obd-memorial, I also got hits for MIA and KIA, soldiers that were sent to jail (Gulag), and a few others that I am still trying to figure what the document was for.

I didn't really make any official calculation, but now I think I am closer to 2/3 than 3/4 of hits. However, I don't have very many groups and many of them where already researched by traditional mean. So far, I didn't get any new hit on podvignaroda for an award that was attempted to be researched at Podolsk but came without result.

Also, for now we can't expect to find any long service awards in post 1945 or GPW catch-up awarding.

I have always wanted to find unit's awarding citations. I have few groups that earned Suvorov or Red Banner orders for which I would like to obtain the citation. Are those posted on podvignaroda and how can we search for them?

I know for the Honorific city titles given to unit, those are available through the Supreme Commander Decrees and where published in newspapers of the time as well. But what about orders awarded to units?

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Old 12-06-2011, 01:49 PM   #12
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Re: When will it stop?

You could go to Google Translate and set phonetic signs, and just write the name with regular letters, and it'll pop up in Cyrillic.
And if you need to write it in Cyrillic, find the Cyrillic alphabet on Wikipedia, and just copy/paste the letters in.

A sometimes long process, but it works neatly.

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Old 12-07-2011, 05:22 AM   #13
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Re: When will it stop?

Orders to units were awarded by Presidium decree (ukaz) as well. It could be that the recommendations were written up at army level and then went up the chain of command, but somehow I doubt it.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:12 PM   #14
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Re: When will it stop?

Speaking about the content on podvignaroda, anybody was successful at exporting the big military maps they have there?

They are in flash content (same as citations), but because they are so big, they are not readable when printed in PDF files. I tried many things to get them on a file II could save to my PC but everything failed so far.

Would appreciate get any hints from techies here. I am sure there is a way to do this.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 12-09-2011, 03:59 AM   #15
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I use HTTPAnalyzer. You need to play a bit with it, but I can retrieve their original .jpg files.

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Old 12-09-2011, 10:56 AM   #16
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For some reason they won't load today (I tried two different computers), but I'm using PDF 24 (en.pdf24.org), which allows you to choose the format (PDF, JPG, etc.) and the resolution (150 DPI or whatever you want), so if you choose JPG with a high resolution the maps should be readable.
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Thanks Auke and Marc. I've downloaded and tried HTTPAnalyzer and I can see that there are around 300 small jpeg files (around 20-30KB each) per map. No I have to figure a way to save them and re-assemble them... doesn't seem easy... I must not be doing thing right. Marc, any suggestion on how to proceed?

I tried PDF24, but I cannot figure how to print to a JPEG. It doesn't seem any different than my CutePDF (Pdf printer) I already had. I am able to print to a PDF or to a PostScript (.xps) file and I must choose a paper format (among standard ones) or in .xps, I can go 400 x 400 inches, but it shows a very small map in the middle of a huge blank printout. Any further help would be greatly appreciated!

For the citations, I use a pdf printer and then bundle all the citations of a single prikaz into one big file very smoothly.. but for the maps, that's another story ;(

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Thanks Auke and Marc. I've downloaded and tried HTTPAnalyzer and I can see that there are around 300 small jpeg files (around 20-30KB each) per map. No I have to figure a way to save them and re-assemble them... doesn't seem easy... I must not be doing thing right. Marc, any suggestion on how to proceed?...
It is usual to "tile" a large picture using many smaller ones. What you need to do is to download each one of them (they all will be of a standard size, except maybe the last ones on the right and bottom edges), then you must reassemble them into one large file. I use PhotoShop to do that. You determine the necessary width and height (# of pictures X individual width/height), create a new blank picture, then copy each small file into the big one by placing it in its proper spot in the grid; I go either from left to right then down, or from top to bottom then right. Once you have paste all the small files, save the big one as a .jpg and your are done.

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It is usual to "tile" a large picture using many smaller ones. What you need to do is to download each one of them (they all will be of a standard size, except maybe the last ones on the right and bottom edges), then you must reassemble them into one large file. I use PhotoShop to do that. You determine the necessary width and height (# of pictures X individual width/height), create a new blank picture, then copy each small file into the big one by placing it in its proper spot in the grid; I go either from left to right then down, or from top to bottom then right. Once you have paste all the small files, save the big one as a .jpg and your are done.

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Thanks for the details Marc. That's what I came to suspect... this seems a lot of work and we must be very precise when placing the tiles beside each other. I was hoping for an easy (and automated) way to quickly re-glue all the pieces together and with perfect alignment.

UPDATE: I might have found what I was looking for. A small utility called "TotalImageSlicer" that should be able to merge back all the sliced tiles into a big map in one single file. Will let you know.

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I tried PDF24, but I cannot figure how to print to a JPEG. It doesn't seem any different than my CutePDF (Pdf printer) I already had. I am able to print to a PDF or to a PostScript (.xps) file and I must choose a paper format (among standard ones) or in .xps, I can go 400 x 400 inches, but it shows a very small map in the middle of a huge blank printout. Any further help would be greatly appreciated!
When you click on the print button above the map and select PDF24 as your printer, the PDF24 menu appears after a short while. Here you can choose 'save as' and then in the new menu you can select 'JPG' on the left. Then you can choose quality and resolution.
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