Russia – Soviet: An outstanding Sniper’s Order of Glory 3rd Class to Reserve Corporal Avgust-Alfred Yuliuosivich Voodla, 917th Rifle Regiment, 249th Estonian Rifle Division, who served in the liberation of the Island of Saaremaa in the autumn of 1944, killing 11 Germans.
Order of Glory 3rd Class, type 2, variation 2, with rotating-tool engraved number 729850
Condition: Nearly extremely fine
Born in 1915 in Estonia, he had clearly escaped the advancing German Army and had been drafted by the Military Commissariat of the City of Archangelsk, serving in the Great Patriotic War from 12th February 1942 until the end of the war. Noted as serving in the area around Velikiye Luki around December 1942-January 1943, and during the liberation of Estonia during the summer and autumn of 1944. Voodla was wounded in the right shoulder on 7th October 1944 during the action mentioned in the citation, details below:
‘During the Great Patriotic War he took part in the battles for the defence of the motherland since December 1942. During the fighting to liberate the island of Saaremaa he killed 11 Germans as a sniper. While attacking a town on October 7, 1944 he was wounded. For the fighting on the island of Saaremaa he was nominated for the Order of Glory 3rd Class, and his feat was described in November 1944 in the republican newspaper ‘Rahva Haal’
He didn’t received his award due to the fact he was brought to a hospital. At the present time he works at Jarvamaa Forestry Enterprise. At his workplace he is characterised positively.
The Estonian Communist Party Committee of the Paide Raion and the Paide Raion Executive Committee agree with the recommendation.
Conclusion: For active participation in the Great Patriotic War for the defence of our motherland he deserves to be awarded the Order of Glory 3rd Class.’
The citation is signed by a Lieutenant Colonel Haugas on May 20th 1966, indicating this is a sometimes seen ‘catch up award’, handed out to those who were wounded and thus were unable to be found to present their awards to, or sometimes in the case of lost recommendations that were followed up many years later.
It is clear that Voodla survived the war, and was living in the village of Huuksi, Koigi Rural Muncipality, Paide Raion, Estonia, where he worked at the Huuksi Forest, Jarvamaa Forestry Enterprise at the time of the award of the Order of Glory to him on 22nd August 1967.