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The last battle

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The last battle
Warrior-internationalist ... Probably, there is no such part in our Armed Forces, in stories which would not survive episodes associated with the implementation of international debt. That is the nature of our army - to be where people are in danger, whether it be a fratricidal war or a natural disaster. For her, someone else's grief does not happen. Thousands and thousands of its fighters and commanders have been tested by fire in different parts of our troubled planet, showing the world examples of nobility, courage and honor. This was the case in Egypt, Cuba, Afghanistan and many other “hot spots”.


We see the same thing now in Syria, where our warriors perform international duty with dignity and honor fighting the forces of international terrorism. And it is very gratifying that the memory of their feat lives in the hearts of those who returned to their homeland, in monuments and obelisks on the graves of the fallen, in verses and songs. The renewing Russia is building a new army, new songs are being sung by its soldiers. But the reverent attitude to the feat of fellow soldiers, performing and performing international duty, remains an eternal value for all of us.
As part of a new project, today we are talking about the feat of a senior technician - the head of the antenna post of the 582nd anti-aircraft missile regiment, Lieutenant Sergei Petrovich Sumin, a graduate of the Yaroslavl anti-aircraft missile school of the Air Defense Forces of the country, who died during the reflection of an Israeli raid aviation July 18, 1970 in Egypt and was awarded posthumously the Order of the Red Banner and the Egyptian Order "Star of Military Honor".

The Soviet military presence in Egypt during the armed Arab-Israeli conflict 1967 – 1974 played an important role in the struggle for the independence of the Egyptian people and the peoples of other Arab countries. Soviet military advisers and experts assisted Egypt, while showing resilience, courage and heroism. One of the heroes of that war was a graduate of the Yaroslavl anti-aircraft missile school of the country's Air Defense Forces, Lieutenant Sergey Sumin. He was born in 1946 in the village of Soseva, Serovsky District, Sverdlovsk Region. The Gribanovsky RVK of the Voronezh Region was drafted into the ranks of the Armed Forces. After graduating from the 1968 year of the Yaroslavl anti-aircraft missile school of the country's Air Defense Forces, he served in the anti-aircraft missile division in Khrabrov, Kaliningrad Region. And then the young officer was destined to perform international duty in Egypt.

... 18 July 1970, the Israeli air force carried out a raid, during which it was planned to defeat the Egyptian wars group of Egypt in the Suez Canal zone. Were involved aircraft F-4E "Phantom". The most experienced Israeli Air Force pilots participated in the raid.

The Soviet anti-aircraft missile group was attacked by the 24 "Phantom" - 6 groups of 4 fighters in each. In our combat operations, three C-125 anti-aircraft missile battalions participated. In their position, "Phantoms" brought down fire simultaneously from two directions.

A sample of resilience and military prowess showed the personnel of the battalion commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Tolokonnikov.
In the course of a fierce battle, the rocket troops shot down one and destroyed two enemy aircraft, including the Phantom was shot down by the commander of the 201-th Aviation Squadron of the Israeli Air Force, Major Shmuel Hets, then the pilot was killed.

A sample of resilience and military prowess showed the personnel of the battalion commanded by Lieutenant Colonel Vasily Tolokonnikov



Firing 6 missiles, the division kept in readiness the last pair of them on the launcher. That was enough for one launch. In accordance with the combat regulations, the command was given to reload the launcher. The Israelis attacked the division, which unmasked itself with missile launches, with unguided rockets and then with bombs. They managed to disable the antenna post - "eyes of the division." But the senior technician - the head of the antenna post, Lieutenant Sergey Sumin, did not lose his head in that situation, and leaping to the open area of ​​the antenna post, began to give the coordinates of the approaching targets with his voice. Fragments of exploded either NURs, or bombs hit the engine of one of the missiles at the time when the launch crew was reloading the launcher. The fire started, then an explosion occurred with a characteristic cloud of white smoke, possibly from a detonated warhead of a rocket or a time bomb. As a result, Lieutenant Sergey Sumin was killed with a shrapnel, the entire initial calculation and the driver of the TZM were killed. Several soldiers and officers of the division were contused and wounded. Disguise and already disabled equipment burned to the position.

Despite the massive strike on the position of the division, during the raid, the Israeli aviation still failed to fulfill the main task. In addition, the loss of one of the most authoritative and experienced pilots had a strong impact on the morale of Israeli pilots.

Soon after the Soviet missile divisions destroyed the 12 Israeli military aircraft immediately, a truce was established (7 August 1970 of the year) and the “war of attrition” began to wane. In total, from 20 July 1969 to the beginning of August 1970, the Israeli aircraft 94 was shot down, that is, approximately 50 percent of the fleet of combat vehicles in Israel.

The positions of the divisions from the air no one else attacked.

Lieutenant Sergey Sumin was buried in the cemetery in the village of Starogolskoye, Voronezh Region. In the museum of the Yaroslavl Higher Military School of Air Defense an exposition was created dedicated to the feat of his graduate. The exhibits include an officer’s jacket with awards, cadet amateur photos, and an extract about awarding the hero to the President of the United Arab Republic Gamal Abdel Nasser.

In the Museum of Air Defense, which is located in Balashikha, Moscow Region in the Zarya microdistrict, there is a picture of Fyodor Usypenko, the Honored Artist of the RSFSR, about the Soviet anti-aircraft gunners who participated in the fighting in Egypt. Her name is “Hot day in the land of pyramids. 18 July 1970 year. The picture just captured the feat of Lieutenant Sergei Sumin.
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  1. alekc73
    alekc73 15 October 2017 15: 19 New
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    Undoubtedly heroes. They fought for the interests of the country. They died in obscurity and poor people. They looked like opportunists, including epaulettes. Therefore, in 1991 there was no one to defend the USSR. For higher posts they nominated for other criteria.
    1. SRC P-15
      SRC P-15 15 October 2017 15: 23 New
      +9
      From our division there participated two officers, returned with awards.
      1. WUA 518
        WUA 518 15 October 2017 16: 18 New
        12
        Ensuring the combat readiness of its division, 8 Soviet troops were killed:

        Lieutenant Sumin Sergey Petrovich, senior technician - head of the antenna post
        Private Mammadov Alshat Heydan-oglu, senior number of the starting crew
        Private Didenko Evgeny Fedorovich, driver
        Private Dobizh Nikolay Vladimirovich, number of starting calculation
        Corporal Zabuga Alexander Anatolyevich, Senior Battery Operator
        Private Naku Ivan Ivanovich, starting calculation number
        Private Dovganyuk Nikolay Andreevich, senior number of the starting calculation
        Private Dovganuk Ivan Andreevich, senior number of the starting calculation
        Several soldiers and officers of the division were shell-shocked and wounded. In position, camouflage and affected equipment burned. Most of the survivors were in a state of shock, the “Phantom” hit was so strong and the loss of their comrades was heavy.



        In difficult times, the example of endurance and resilience was demonstrated to his subordinates by commander Vasily Matveyevich Tolokonnikov, a participant in the Great Patriotic War. “Dad,” as the soldiers called him, personally wrapped the bodies disfigured by fire in sheets, paying the last tribute to his dead young children. Under the leadership of the Deputy Politician Mr. Chervinsky, K.B. the fire that arose at the position was extinguished.

        The command of the division filed a submission on the assignment to the commandant V.M. Tolokonnikov the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. But it was not approved by the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Defense Forces of the country. Together with his deputy politician, Mr. K. B. Chervinsky and other officers, the division commander was awarded the Order of the Red Banner. Lieutenant Sumin S.P. He was awarded posthumously the Order of the Red Banner, the dead soldiers - posthumously the Order of the Red Star.

        The remains of the dead were sent to their homeland, from where they were called up for military service.

        After dark, Israeli helicopters were sent to the area of ​​the recent battle to evacuate the ejected pilots. About 20-21 hours, the Mansurov’s reconnaissance patrol discovered in its area a low-altitude low-speed target - an Israeli helicopter. The starter issued "Permission", but a ban followed from the gearbox, because the command wanted to save the missiles, which certainly saved the helicopter crew.
  2. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 15 October 2017 15: 59 New
    0
    "at the beginning of August 1970 year, 94 Israeli aircraft were shot down" ///

    This is according to Egyptian data.
    According to Israeli data: 17 aircraft (4 in air battles, 13 - downed air defense).
    1. Aaron Zawi
      Aaron Zawi 15 October 2017 18: 35 New
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      Quote: voyaka uh
      "at the beginning of August 1970 year, 94 Israeli aircraft were shot down" ///

      This is according to Egyptian data.
      According to Israeli data: 17 aircraft (4 in air battles, 13 - downed air defense).

      In 73, they twice destroyed the tank fleet of Israel.
      1. Cat
        Cat 15 October 2017 19: 02 New
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        Quote: voyaka uh
        "at the beginning of August 1970 year, 94 Israeli aircraft were shot down" ///

        This is according to Egyptian data.
        According to Israeli data: 17 aircraft (4 in air battles, 13 - downed air defense).

        I understand that the concept of "tact" is not known to God's chosen ones. Not today and not now, as part of this article! If you consider yourself exceptional, it is worth remembering the specific Israeli pilot mentioned in the article, and not looking for a reason for squabble!
        If you still buzz in one place, you have the opportunity to communicate with each other through the fence.
        ....., including the "Phantom" was shot down by the commander of the 201st Israeli air force squadron, Major Shmuel Hets, the pilot then died.

        I have the honor!
        1. voyaka uh
          voyaka uh 16 October 2017 10: 05 New
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          I have no complaints about the Soviet military.
          Professional specialists - where they sent, they went there.
          If the USSR and Israel were friends, we would go to help Israel,
          The USSR and Egypt were friends - went to Egypt.
  3. igordok
    igordok 15 October 2017 16: 17 New
    +3
    In the Museum of Air Defense, which is located in Balashikha, Moscow Region in the Zarya microdistrict, there is a picture of Fyodor Usypenko, the Honored Artist of the RSFSR, about the Soviet anti-aircraft gunners who participated in the fighting in Egypt. Her name is “Hot day in the land of pyramids. 18 July 1970 year. The picture just captured the feat of Lieutenant Sergei Sumin.

    I correct the author’s small flaw. If something is mentioned, it is better to show it.
    1. verner1967
      verner1967 16 October 2017 06: 46 New
      +1
      Quote: igordok
      If something is mentioned, it is better to show it.

      The picture was used in the movie "Recruiter", also about the war in Egypt. I thought I drew this picture for the film, it turns out that it is real. Thank you, I really wanted to consider it, but it’s not shown too much in the film.
  4. parusnik
    parusnik 15 October 2017 16: 44 New
    +5
    Sumin Sergey Petrovich, for this battle he was awarded the Order of the Red Banner posthumously ... Eternal memory
  5. Monarchist
    Monarchist 15 October 2017 17: 04 New
    +5
    Thank you for talking about the little-known pages of our military prowess. A lot has been written about the help of Egypt by the Soviet Union, but I have not met about specific people like Sumin
  6. Ilja2016
    Ilja2016 15 October 2017 19: 06 New
    +1
    Israel had to answer in full for the death of our calculation.
    1. Cat
      Cat 15 October 2017 20: 24 New
      +3
      After almost half a century, it makes no sense to look for the right and the guilty on both sides of the "barricades" to do their duty! And moreover, they performed it with honor and the highest price - life. This article is a requiem should be a point of trying and understanding, and not a place for squabbles and insults!
      1. verner1967
        verner1967 16 October 2017 06: 07 New
        +1
        Quote: Kotischa
        Israel had to answer in full for the death of our calculation.

        Well, this is a war ... By the way, we have at that time three pilots died in one battle. Think that
        In total, 20 Israeli aircraft were shot down from July 1969, 1970 to the beginning of August 94, that is, approximately 50 percent of the fleet of military vehicles in Israel.
        a worthy answer for everyone, especially since our air defense forces completed their mission and the war waned.
  7. kunstkammer
    kunstkammer 15 October 2017 22: 14 New
    +5
    Quote: Kotischa
    it makes no sense to look for the right and the guilty on both sides of the "barricades"

    if you keep silent and forget who shot you from another “barricade”, it is you who will always be guilty.
  8. Looking for
    Looking for 16 October 2017 20: 55 New
    0
    "Despite a massive blow to the position of the division, the Israeli aviation still failed to fulfill the main task during the raid. In addition, the loss of one of the most respected and experienced pilots had a strong impact on the morale of Israeli pilots." they knew what kind of task these women had ... the death of one of them ... and you see, the Irailtians had a great influence on the "fighting spirit". And the fact that dozens of Soviet officers and soldiers died and got wounded, it means - only strengthened the spirit our wars.?
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