WW2 Red Army Identification – Guards Stg MG Team Leader – Researched
Guards Artillery Sergeant Leonid Lakomkin
Born in 1923 in Bashkir ASSR. Lakomkin was enrolled in the Red Army on 27.04.1942 in his hometown. (Soviet Bashkiria: very interesting history).
In 1942 Lakomkin was allowed to wear the Guards Badge on his uniform. (P.4) When with the Riga Infantry School in Latvia.
By 1944, Lakomkin was attached to a SMG Company (Machine Gun) of the 2nd Guards Mechanized Corps, 2nd Ukrainian Front. (Issued the Red Army ID).
According to the Russian Ministry of Defence Archives;
Lakomkin was awarded the Medal for Courage for actions from the 20/28.9.1943. (Donbass Strategic Offensive Operation)
During which, when fighting in the Dneipetrowsk District. Lakomkin was armed with a Machine Gun during an Attack on enemy positions (20.9.1943). Lakomkin killed six enemy soldiers, and took an officer prisoner. Bringing the officer back for questioning to the Command Center. On eta 22/28 of September, near the village of Ilinovka. Lakomkin killed two enemy soldiers during an enemy night attack supported by Tanks.
The Division had fought all summer against Elite divisions of the German armed forces, including the most feared ’Totenkopf’ and ‘Das Reich’ Divisions of the Waffen SS.
In the actions around the period of January 1945 in Hungary, Lakomkin was awarded the Order of the Red Star. (Budapest Operation)
Lakomkin was a brave soldier during the German attacks. On the 20.1.1945, German forces used the cover of darkness to attack the Command Center. Lakomkin killed five enemy soldiers. Stopping the enemy from further attacks (Location: Gibilish?). On the 23.1.1945, Lakomkin delivered detailed information on the enemy positions.
Lakomkin survived the war, and in 1985 he was awarded the Order of the Great Patriotic War in Gold as a veteran.
Comments: Nice condition, very hard to find wartime issued Red Army IDs with Pictures. This example, to the Guards Stg is particularly interesting as the entry for the Guards Badge is entered as well as the many other medals he received. The detailed Russian Archive Research comes with the ID.
Profile on the Russian Archive: Link to Lakomkin Archive Information