Alexander Orman was born in 1915. He worked as an engineer in Rostov-on-Don, where he was drafted into the Red Army in October 1940. During the Soviet-German war he served as an artillery officer. In the initial period of the war he fought on the Western Front; in the fall of 1943 he was on the Bryansk Front, then on the Central and 1st Belorussian Fronts. From October 1942 he commanded an artillery anti-tank division. He often directed the fighting against enemy tank or infantry attacks. He was wounded twice, lightly in 1943 and seriously in the following year. After the second time, in October 1944, he was appointed heard of instruction of the courses for junior lieutenants of artillery on the 1st Belorussian Front. Major Orman was awarded two Orders of the Red Star in 1943 and the Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd class, in 1945 for his leadership of his battalion and the personal courage he displayed.