Order Booklet issued on 23 September 1944 to Hero of the
Soviet Union Corporal Evgeniy Dertev.
The booklet is of standard WW2 type, bound in red cloth. It
contains entries for three decorations: Gold Star Medal of
Hero of the Soviet Union, #4382; Order of Lenin, #19946
(issued with the Hero Star); and Medal for Valor, #445613.
All entries were made at the same time when the document
filled-out. The date for start of special privileges is
shown as 1 September 1943 which corresponds with the August
1943 award date for chronologically first decoration - in
this case, the Medal for Valor. As is usually the case with
Soviet order booklets issued during and after the Patriotic
War, there is no photograph: instead, the space provided
a photo has an ink stamp "Valid without a photograph".
The document is in very good to excellent condition.
cloth cover is nicely preserved, shows no excessive wear.
The binding is tight, all pages are firmly attached. The
interior shows only minimal soiling, no significant stains
or tears. The text is completely legible.
Evgeniy Dertev was born in 1918 in the town of Pavlovo of
the Nizhegorodskiy Region of Russia, and was drafted into
the Red Army in 1939. Although he had been on active duty
uninterruptedly since that time, he initially served in the
Far East and took part in combat only from March 1943,
making many requests for transfer to a frontline unit. In
August of that year, Dertev earned his first decoration, a
Medal for Valor in the Battle of Kursk. At the time, he
served as an Infantry Private in the 1185th Rifle Regt.,
356th Rifle Div., 61st Army, Central Front. Dertev
distinguished himself by destroying with hand-grenades a
German machine gun nest and thus clearing the path of
advance to the village of Peredel. He also killed 14 Nazi
soldiers and an officer with his submachine gun while
repelling 5 enemy counterattacks near the village of
On October 15, 1943 Dertev, by then promoted to Corporal,
with a group of soldiers used improvised means to cross the
Dnieper not far from the city of Dnepropetrovsk. The group
captured an enemy trench near the village of Kolybanskie
then defended their tiny bridgehead against waves of enemy
counterattacks, often in hand-to-hand combat. According to
the subsequent recommendation for the title of Hero, Dertev
showed exceptional heroism over the course of action. He
within 50 meters of the enemy lines with a light machine
gun, skillfully camouflaged his positon, and then kept the
Germans under constant fire picking them out one by one and
not allowing them to go over to the counterattack in that
sector. He did so without taking any sleep or food for
days and nights straight, and then rejoined his unit. The
Title of Hero was bestowed upon him on 15 January 1944.It
interesting to see that the award commendation went into
details of his earlier exploits, so Dertev's Hero Star
should really be considered a cumulative award for the
period starting with the battle of Kursk and ending with
battle for the Dnieper bridgehead.
Later in 1943 Dertev was promoted to Sergeant and given
command of a rifle squad. Soon thereafter, he was seriously
wounded by a German bullet that shattered his shin bone,
took a long time to recuperate. He therefore did not take
part in subsequent combat and never received any other
wartime decorations. He was decommissioned soon after the
end of the war, and after making a recovery, worked at a
factory in his native town for many years afterwards.
Research Materials: photocopy of the award commendation
for the Title of Hero and Medal for Valor; Xerox copy and
translation of the article about Evgeniy Dertev in the
official catalog "Heroes of the Soviet Union"
(contains his photo). Additional information about him and
his feats is available on many Internet sites such as