Unsuccessful attempts to be called to the front through the Rostov military command.
Received direction to work in the high school of the city of Morozovsk of the Rostov region in the position of mathematics teacher.
1941, 18 October
Assigned as driver in the 74th Separate truck battalion.
1942, 8 April
Arrived in the city Semenov of the Gorky region for service training at the AKUKS (Artillery courses for improvement of the command cadre).
1942, 7 July
Bombardment of Rostov, the Physics-Math building destroyed. Rostov University is evacuated to the Kirghiz; the Solzhenitsyn’s apartment on Voroshilov prospect is destroyed by a bomb.
1942, 28 July
Rostov is taken by the Germans.
1942, 8 September
Solzhenitsyn writes a petition to the director of the school: “Let me go to the front”.
1942, 1 November
Completion of Artillery School
1942, 2 November
With the rank of lieutenant, departs Kostroma to Saransk in a reserve reconnaissance artillery regiment.
Solzhenitsyn named commander of the sound battery.
1943, 14 February
Rostov is liberated.
1943, Beginning of May
Solzhenitsyn sick with scurvy.
1943, Before 29 May
Receives news of mother’s serious illness.
1943, 23 July
Furious assault on Orel; for successful and rapid preparation of the individual unit, as well as skilled direction in exposing the groupings of the enemy artillery, commander BZR-2 Solzhenitsyn is recommended for the award – order of the Patriotic War II nd degree.
1943, September 15
By order of the Commander of the Army Solzhenitsyn is awarded the title of first lieutenant.
1944, 18 January
Solzhenitsyn’s mother dies.
1944, April 9-10
Wrote a long letter to school friend Vitkevich, which was intercepted by the military censor. Beginning of surveillance.
1944, Approx. April 20
Solzhenitsyn learns of the death of his mother.
1944, May 7
Awarded the rank of captain.
1944, July 12
Awarded the Order of the Red Star.
1945, January 30
The Deputy Attorney General of the RSFSR, Major General Vavilov authorizes the arrest of Solzhenitsyn.
1945, February 1
For saving the battery and equipment (operation of January 27) Solzhenitsyn is presented the Order of the "Red Flag."
1945, February 9
Solzhenitsyn is arrested by Army SMERSH counterintelligence in East Prussia, near the town of Vormdit.