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Brave orphan Vanka, who captured the fascist

This photo is well known, it can be found on the Internet easily on many resources. Yes, except for the signature “Young intelligence officer Vanya Mikhalenko, Kalininsky Front, 1942 year”, there is nothing.

Brave orphan Vanka, who captured the fascistBut this is also a snapshot of Ivan Alexandrovich Narcissov. The photographed fighter Vanya is only fourteen years old. He met with a war correspondent in the Kholmsky district, and Narcissus wrote a note about the lad, published in the Soviet Guardsman. The note is small, there is not enough information. But in the diary of Ivan Alexandrovich the story about Vanya is more detailed.

“He served in a separate reconnaissance. You see him in the photograph of those years. The young scout volunteer destroyed five fascists. Awarded the medal "For Courage".

I remember how the commander of the reconnaissance company, sighing, said:
- The fate of Vanya is very tragic ...

Indeed, the soul of Vanya was terribly scorched. In the autumn of 1941, fascists broke into the village of Maximovo in the Kholmsky district, where Vanya lived. Looting and violence began. On the frosty day of January 1942, the fascists mounted machine guns on the outskirts of the village. Among those condemned to death were old men, women, children. Vanya Mikhalenko stood next to younger sisters, mother, grandmother. With tears in his eyes, he looked at the village set on fire.
- I also thought, - Vanya recalled, - what is it? Where will we live?

Suddenly, there were machine-gun bursts. Shot by the bullets, the grandmother, mother, and three sisters fell. Vanya fell unconscious. This saved his life. Late in the evening, when the moon rose, the boy woke up. He crawled out from under the numbed bodies. Gone to the forest. There he met with combat intelligence officers from the 3 Shock Army. They helped the boy cross the front line. At his request, he was enrolled in a separate intelligence agency. Here he fought with the Nazis - avenged the desecrated land. Here he was awarded the medal "For Courage". Scout soldiers told me:
- He is a true hero!

Later, I learned that in the 1943 year, Ivan Mikhalenko was abandoned to the 4 guerrilla brigade to perform a special mission, in which he fought heroically until the complete expulsion of the fascists from Novgorod land. He was awarded six more government awards. After the war, he became a resident of the Kaliningrad region ... "

There is another fact. Not only for the destruction of the five fascists gave Vanya the first medal. He captured the German captain. He took it alone! It was at night, in the winter of 1942. Vanya was returning from his assignment. No weapons I did not have one with me. And imagine, almost got to my own, only about a quarter of an hour left when I saw a fascist on the road. Lost, it was immediately clear. I did not know the road, I walked - either I was left without a car, or for some other reason. Vanya is still a child, he could lay low and wait - the German would have passed by and not noticed, it was dark after all. But the nature of the boy did not allow. I picked up two sticks from the ground, sneaked up behind me, poked both of them in the back of the enemy and barked: “Come on! Hands up!.."
And let's vote in different ways, as if not one goes. So all fifteen minutes and shouted in every way that Fritz did not come to his senses. He did not come to his senses - without any attempts to resist, he came straight to the partisans. And when he saw who took him prisoner and with what weapon, they said, he wept ...

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  1. EvgNik
    EvgNik 31 October 2016 06: 27
    Searched on the Internet. Yes, except this photo - there is nothing.

    Ivan Alexandrovich Narcissov in Berlin, May 1945
    But I found wonderful photographs of Narcissov. Thanks, Sophia.
  2. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 31 October 2016 06: 39
    Thank you Sophia for the series of articles. It’s well written - it’s simple and takes for the Soul - I give the children to read. I will repeat - but this is the best Patriotic education. We must know our History.
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 31 October 2016 06: 45
    He picked up two sticks from the ground, crept behind, poked both in the enemy’s back and barked: “Go! Hands up!.."
    Savvy, however, calculated everything .. Thank you Sophia ..
  4. igordok
    igordok 31 October 2016 07: 35
    Like many, I say thanks for the series of articles.
    From the recent, I was taken for the soul by this smile.

    Guard Corporal N.N. Leontyev, who destroyed the 15 Nazis in his first battle, with the captured 7,92-mm German MG-34 machine gun. The soldier is wrapped in a German machine-gun belt chambered for 7,92 × 57 mm. On the corporal’s chest is the sign “Guard”.
    Guard Corporal N.N. Leontiev. In his first battle with a grenade, he destroyed the machine gun crew of the enemy, deployed the same machine gun and fired on the enemy, destroying a total of at least 15 Nazis.
    1. Waiting for BPS
      Waiting for BPS 31 October 2016 07: 48
      Something hardly seems to me a modern teenager in tight (pah!) Pants, tossing grenades and firing a machine gun ... Unfortunately, ...
    2. Sofia
      31 October 2016 09: 20
      Thanks Igor! But I, too, will write material about the young corporal Leontiev. Very interesting fate in this combat guy.
      1. igordok
        igordok 31 October 2016 13: 45
        If you interfere - sorry. If you helped, then glad. If you need any help, I will be happy to help.
        In this photo, I immediately had a question. Usually the rank of corporal is awarded for any merit. And if this is his first fight, then he still should not have any encouragement. I suppose that the corporal was assigned him for this feat, or judging by his age, he had experience of military operations, but not in the army, but in partisans. Dear Sophia, if it will be possible to clarify this issue in your future article. Thanks again.
        1. Sofia
          31 October 2016 15: 44
          Igor, that you, of course, did not prevent. I am also interested in this question, I made a request to the archive, waiting for an answer. But such a thing turned out - there are twofold data on the age of the boy. For some, he's already 18 years old. But it is unlikely, right? According to other information - 15. Orphaned, all taken away by the war.
          1. Bloodsucker
            Bloodsucker 31 October 2016 20: 23
            With all my heart, accept respect and thank you so much for such articles and Memory.
            Regards, Vlad.
          2. Ryabtsev Grigory Evgenievich
            Ryabtsev Grigory Evgenievich 2 November 2016 01: 47
            Perhaps I tried to ascribe years to leave in the unit.
  5. Kostya Andreev
    Kostya Andreev 31 October 2016 08: 25
    put a plus.

    interesting Nobody will write about a conversation with a teacher now.
  6. EvgNik
    EvgNik 31 October 2016 08: 54
    Childhood seared by war.
    Some photos from the cycle:

  7. Tanya
    Tanya 31 October 2016 09: 20
    Thank you, Sophia, for another story about the Hero.
    Let me add a little. Full name Mikhalenko Ivan Egorovich. Here is his first award sheet.
  8. Reptiloid
    Reptiloid 31 October 2016 13: 30
    Thanks so much for the article, Sophia! I am glad that Vanya met the Victory. Although, of course, the loss of loved ones cannot be made up for. Sincerely.
  9. Skeptic Self-Taught
    Skeptic Self-Taught 31 October 2016 14: 27
    So, where is this local misunderstanding under the nickname "NOBODY"?
    Get out, you bastard, we will continue to speak.
    1. EvgNik
      EvgNik 31 October 2016 15: 49
      Quote: Skeptic Self-taught
      Get out, you bastard, we will continue to speak.

      Sergey, do not call evil spirits. Here she does not belong.
      1. Skeptic Self-Taught
        Skeptic Self-Taught 31 October 2016 16: 01
        So here is just holy water ... but she must fight evil spirits ...
        1. EvgNik
          EvgNik 31 October 2016 16: 15
          oletu-vvs-ssha-v-nebe-sirii.html # comment-id-63340
          The guys began to swear. And she doesn’t respond to letters in PM.
    2. burigaz2010
      burigaz2010 31 October 2016 20: 36
      [quote] [/ quote] Dear Skeptic-Self-taught, this creation has long been known in filibust under the nickname PanNihto! It is useless to discuss with him, one argument, you !!!! Probably noticed this?
  10. 56_br
    56_br 31 October 2016 18: 01
    Thank you, young hero soldier !!!
  11. Cat
    Cat 31 October 2016 20: 08
    Dear Sophia, I get the impression that thanks to your series of articles, we have a certain "Interest Club".
    When tired late at night you come home from work and open VO, you involuntarily start looking for a series of articles about guys and girls - heroes! Perhaps somewhere deep down in us adults is hiding that little pioneer for the youth. who is not far over 30, let it be a tennager who sincerely tries on their "feat". And every time !? I am not afraid to speak for all of Us (readers). With all our heart we want everything to end - "good". And even when we know that the end is "tragic" and "history cannot be rewritten," we believe and hope in our hearts.
    After reading, when these simple, but deeply deep emotions begin to fade away, the belief arises that it cannot be such that there are only "others" among our youth and there are no future heroes among them!
    Dear Sophia, I repent and I apologize that today in the classes on moral and psychological training with the personnel, contrary to the plan, I retell your article "About the little violinist" from memory. If you allow me to use your cycle of articles about "Pioners-Heroes" whenever possible in the classroom, I will be grateful. Sincerely yours, Kitty.
    1. EvgNik
      EvgNik 1 November 2016 05: 09
      Quote: Kotischa
      I get the impression that thanks to your series of articles, we have a certain "Interest Club"

      Vladislav, that’s exactly what is wonderful. We were few, colleagues 5-6 came regularly. Now the audience is growing and this is good news. I think that Sophia will agree with me.
  12. burigaz2010
    burigaz2010 31 October 2016 20: 23
    Sophia thank you for this series of articles! I learned a lot, it is a pity that modern children will not be able to! I hope that your publications will be at least one to think about!
  13. burigaz2010
    burigaz2010 31 October 2016 20: 27
    I hope the dear Shpakovsky does not draw on this topic? I looked through his books, mr. One word !!!
    1. burigaz2010
      burigaz2010 31 October 2016 21: 22
      Here is one of his books! [B] [/ b] [media = taking% 20v% 20 captivity% 20 fascist% 2
      0 "% 20Military% 20view]: Look!
  14. Sofia
    31 October 2016 20: 49
    Comrades, my dear, dear! Thank you! You can't even imagine how important it is to me! For you, normal people - I am writing. In some book about besieged Leningrad (it seems, "The Seventh Symphony", but I'm not sure) there was a thought: is it really possible that our people, having survived such a terrible war and knowing the real price of bread, peace, family, will ever sink so that above all clothes, furniture, fashion, convenience of life? That is why I search for these stories and describe them - so that the price of the present does not fall. Let this be my small, but still a contribution.
    One day I received a letter from a child from an orphanage asking for help in finding his mother. He knew her address, wrote many times, but his mother did not answer - she did not need a son. I went there, met this woman and realized that there was nothing to catch. I didn't know what to do next. Pulled with the answer. And now I received a letter from this boy again. He wrote that he realized that I went and saw the futility of trying. And he thanked me! For the fact that I delayed the answer, for what, that I was afraid to cause unnecessary pain. Imagine, this is a kid, a child, he felt everything, he guessed it! We began to correspond with him. I remember that I knitted a scarf and sent him. And once he wrote: "As long as there is at least one who is not indifferent to you, life is easier."
    Thank you, not indifferent people! Vladislav (Kotischa), of course, take it - it's all written for you.
    With respect and gratitude.
    1. Cat
      Cat 31 October 2016 21: 04
      Thank you!
    2. burigaz2010
      burigaz2010 31 October 2016 21: 24
      Damn the link does not get up! This is the left!
  15. Skeptic Self-Taught
    Skeptic Self-Taught 31 October 2016 22: 04
    radskie-shkolniki-razrushili-alleyu-pamyati /

    Actually, "I would have talked to the teacher" is bearing fruit ...
    That's with their teacher and their parents and we must talk.
    In general, for such things it is necessary to publicly flog the entire family with rods.
  16. 0255
    0255 1 November 2016 13: 08
    Amazed at the courage and ingenuity of the hero of the article, not everyone is capable of this.
    Sophia, thanks for the article! love