Kirill Orlovsky

Kirill Prokofyevich Orlovsky (Russian: Кири́лл Проко́фьевич Орло́вский; 30 January  [O.S. 10 January] 1895  – 13 January 1968) was a Soviet partisan commander, a functionary of the Soviet secret police, and the chairman of a major kolkhoz. He was a recipient of the Hero of the Soviet Union award for courage during fighting the Nazi occupation behind enemy lines.[1]

Kirill Orlovsky
The Soviet Union 1970 CPA 3874 stamp (BSSR Partisan World War II Hero Kirill Orlovsky).jpg
Kirill Orlovsky on a Soviet stamp.
Born30 January 1895
Myshkovichi village, Bobruysk Uyezd, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire
Died13 January 1968(1968-01-13) (aged 72)
Myshkovichi, Kirovsky Raion, Mogilyov Oblast, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
AllegianceRussian Empire
Soviet Russia
Soviet Union
Service/branchInfantry
State security
Years of service1915–1944
RankPodpolkovnik
Battles/warsWorld War I
Polish–Soviet War
Spanish Civil War
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union
Hero of Socialist Labour
Order of Lenin (5)
Order of the Red Banner
Order of the Red Star

Early life and careerEdit

Kirill Prokofyevich Orlovsky was born in the village of Myshkovichi, Minsk Governorate, Russian Empire, into a family of Belarusian peasants on 30 January  [O.S. 10 January] 1895. In 1906, he entered the Popovshchina parochial school, graduating in 1910. In 1915, he was drafted into the Imperial Russian Army, first serving as a private in the 251st reserve infantry regiment and from 1917, as a non-commissioned officer in the 65th Siberian rifle regiment, commanding a sapper platoon, seeing action at the Western Front of World War I.[2] In January 1918, he was demobilized, returning to his native village.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Орловский Кирилл Прокофьевич". warheroes.ru. Retrieved 13 May 2017.
  2. ^ Popov, Aleksey (2013). Диверсанты Сталина. Спецназ НКВД в тылу врага (in Russian). Eksmo. ISBN 978-5-699-65004-0.