Kalju Savisaar was born in 1923 in Estonia and served on different fronts near his homeland. During his time in the army he was a scout for the 482nd separate reconnaissance company of the 7th Estonian rifle division. He fought for the liberation of the Estonian Soviet Socialist Republic (Estonian SSR). As a scout he was only awarded two medals / awards which are visible in the records. His medal for Bravery with serial number #1706183 and a medal for the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. Military career of Private Kalju Savisaar. Private Savisaar joined the Red Army in 1942 at the assumed age of 18 or 19, what age is unclear due to the fact that no actual date of birth is known, just that he was born in 1923. However he joined the Red Army in February 1942 and fought at the Kalinin front from the 10th of November 1942 till the 12th of October 1943. He fought on the 2nd Baltic Front from the 13th of October 1943 till the 13th of February 1944. He then proceeded to fight on the Leningrad Front from the 14th of February 1944 and it was on this front that he earned his Medal for Bravery. During the fighting for the village of the city of Nõmme (near the Estonian capital Tallinn) on the 22nd of September 1944 he and his squad under the command of Senior Sergeant Johan Khaki the squad was subjected to enemy fire coming from a machine gun. It was in this moment that he showed his bravery and earned himself this medal for it.
To quote his citation: “Private SAVISAAR Kalju son of Erno was a part of the reconnaissance squad led by the Sr.Sgt. KHAKI on 22 September 1944. The reconnaissance squad pursued the retreating enemy along the advance route of the 7 Estonian rifle division. In the vicinity of the village Nõmme, the recon squad was subjected to enemy machine-gun fire. Private SAVISAAR acted bravely and resourcefully during this enemy liquidation operation and was leading the other men by personnel example. The enemy resistance was overpowered: 4 enemy soldiers were taken prisoner, 2 killed, enemy unit headquarters wagon train was captured. The captured prisoners gave valuable intelligence on the enemy force stationed in the area (up to a battalion). Private SAVISAAR is disciplined and politically educated. He is recommended for a state award - medal “FOR BRAVERY”.” Having taken four prisoners and killing two other soldiers he and his squad got valuable information from the captured soldiers which lead to knowing the whereabouts of enemy forces in the area up to a battalion, so close to 1000 men (a battalion had about 1050 soldiers and 26 commanding officers). Due to this feat the defeat of Nazi forces was closer than ever with Tallinn being captured by Soviet forces on the 22nd of September 1944 claiming the defeat of Nazi-German forces in Estonia. His commanding squad leader; Senior Sergeant Johan Khaki earned himself two medals for Military Merit in 1943 & 1945, the Medal for the Victory over Germany in The Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 and an Order of the Red Star in 1944. His feat was acknowledged his squadron’s commanding officer, captain Nikolay Semenovich Skorokhodov who himself earned quite a few rewards aswell, aswell as a few postwar awards (Medal for Military Merit, 1943 & 1950, Order of the Red Star 1944 & 1956, Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945, Order of the Great Patriotic War 2nd class) on the 26th of September 1944 and was sent to the commanding officer of the 7th Estonian Rifle Division. The commanding officer of the 7th Estonian Rifle Division was Colonel and later General Major Karl Adamovich Allikas.
Allikas was highly decorated and received a total of 4 Order of the Red Banner (1943, twice in 1944 and a presumably long service one in 1954), an Order of Alexander Nevsky in 1944 and an Order of the Patriotic war in 1945, as well as an Order of Lenin in 1950 and a Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945 medal. Allikas acknowledged the feat on the 28th of September 1944.
About the rest of the career of private Savisaar little is known, his home address is intentionally obscured and no other medals are known, besides his medal for the Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945. It is possible he left the army somewhere after Estonia was liberated or around 1945. Political career of Private Kalju Savisaar. Private Savisaar joined the VLKSM in 1942. Little more is known about private Savisaar his political ideologies as there has been no information about him after the war.