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Order of Alexander Nevsky given to a World War II veteran for service in the Soviet Army

Object | Accession Number: 2003.449.2

Order of Alexander Nevsky awarded to Ilya Yoffe in recognition of his service in the Soviet Army during World War II. This may be a reissued medal. The Order of Alexander Nevsky was established on July 29, 1942 and bestowed upon commanders of the Soviet army who display courage, bravery, and skillful command in battle. On June 22 Germany invaded the Soviet Union. Ilya Yoffe was an enlisted student at the political military school in Bryansk. After completing his military education in February 1942, he fought on the First Baltic Front from April to May 1943 where he took part in the defense of Leningrad. In early 1945, he was transferred to the 269th Guard Rifle Regiment of the 88th Guard Rifle Division. From April 1945 until the end of the war, Lieutenant Yoffe fought on the First Belorussian Front. His regiment fought in the Battle of Berlin where he participated in street to street combat, capturing three fortified houses in the city and apprehending thirty German prisoners. After the conclusion of the war, Ilya moved to Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg).

received:  1942 July 29
received: Soviet Union
Military Insignia
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Ilya Yoffe
Record last modified: 2023-08-31 15:02:29
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