- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Starshiy Serzhant (1st Sergeant)
- Headquarters Company, 64th Order of Lenin Red Banner Independent Guards Tank Brigade "Chirkovitsy", 1st Belorussian Front
- Awarded on:
- May 4th, 1945
"Serving as the driver of a Dodge 3/4, Guards Senior Sergeant V.G. Zabnev displayed bravery and courage throughout the combat operations conducted by the brigade when it was subordinated to the 1st Belorussian Front.
As the driver, he keeps his truck in a clean condition and in good working order. On May 2, 1945, during the fighting for the Landwehr Canal in the city of Berlin, the chief of staff was wounded at the brigade’s observation post. Despite withering enemy fire Zabnev brought the chief of staff with his truck to the medical unit, thus saving the life of his commander. In combat he acts boldly and bravely.
Guards Senior Sergeant V.G. Zabnev deserves the Order of the Red Star.
Commander of the Headquarters Company
Guards Captain [signed] /Yermakov/
Comrade V.G. Zabnev deserves the Order of the Red Star.
Commander of the 64th Chirkovitsy Order of Lenin Red Banner Independent Guards Tank Brigade
Guards Colonel [signed] /Boiko/
May 4, 1945'
By Order of the 64th Independent Guards Tank Brigade nr. 013/N of May 4, 1945 awarded the Order of the Red Star.
Assistant chief of staff in charge of personnel records of the 64th Independent Guards Tank Brigade
Guards Captain of the Administrative Service [signed] /Starchenko/May 8, 1945"