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I wish I could look into the eyes of my great-great-grandfather!

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I wish I could look into the eyes of my great-great-grandfather!

Where does our memory go?



I think that every family of our time, when the Soviet Union is a distant past, still has relatives who fought or were somehow involved in those terrible times of the war. Our family is not an exception, but we have very little information and information about my great-great-grandfather - Vasily Skrypnik, about a man who died more than thirty years ago.

Yes, over the past years, somehow it was not possible to save too much about a loved one, whom everyone today calls beautiful, and we hardly know how he fought. Unfortunately, there is not a single front-line story from great-great-grandfather in family legends, but at least front-line photographs have been preserved.

Now published data from archives, documents and essays about the units and formations in which our ancestors served in those years came to the rescue. However, even on very capacious sites, “The Feat of the People” and “Memory of the People”, my great-great-grandfather is only informed about the awarding of the Order of the Patriotic War of the II degree to the 40th anniversary of the Great Victory.




Later, Vasily Emelyanovich received another such order, and also medals remained from him, including “60 years of the Armed Forces of the USSR”. But still there still remains a memory that has been passed down from generation to generation, but this is the memory of the great-great-grandfather himself, of how he became after the war, how he had already lived a peaceful life.


It is unlikely that any of us is not proud of our grandfather or grandmother, who fought or just helped to fight in the rear during the war. It seems to me that those who, by the will of fate, were captured or managed to survive in the occupation, are worthy of respect. You should never forget about it and you always need to say thanks to all these people, as long as there is an opportunity.

Only one person fought in our family, my great-great-grandfather Skrypnik Vasily Emelyanovich. There is very little information about him, only photographs and a few medals remain, and everything else was transmitted only from the lips of relatives.

Vasily was born on January 14, 1904 in the village of Dzhugastra, Kryzhopolsky district, Vinnitsa region of the Ukrainian SSR. He went through the entire Great Patriotic War, however, even according to archival data, we still could not find out in which unit and compound he served.

In the pre-war era, the great-great-grandfather lived in the village and, of course, was engaged in agriculture, he probably had the childhood of an ordinary rural boy, although he had to revolution and civil war. Now hardly anyone will tell how the great-great-grandfather survived collectivization and whether he served in his youth in the Red Army. But even before the war, he managed to get married, and they had three children with my great-great-grandmother, two daughters, Anya and Natalya, and one son - Arseny.

When fascist Germany attacked the USSR, Vasily Emelyanovich was called to the front. This happened in the summer of 1941 by mobilization. He fought on the South, and then on the Stepnoy and 2nd Ukrainian Front, which was formed on October 20, 1943. It is unlikely that my great-great-grandfather fought on the front lines: after mobilization he was already under 40. Unfortunately, almost no information was left in the family about where and how Private Vasily Skrypnik served.


Most likely, he had to experience the hardships of the retreat of 1941 and 1942, and the most terrible battles with the enemy, and he ended the war somewhere in Hungary or Austria, where in the spring of 1945 the troops of the 2nd Ukrainian Front led by Marshal R. Malinovsky. It seems that he did not tell any of his exploits to any of those who still remember him. The family knew that the great-great-grandfather was very quick-witted and not too talkative.


But I know for sure that the great-great-grandfather was in those battles when the troops of the 2nd Ukrainian Front, then commanded by Marshal Konev, crossed the Dnieper in late autumn 1943. They conducted the Pyatikhat and Znamensky operations to expand the bridgehead and subsequently reached Kirovohrad and Krivoy Rog. The battles at Krivoy Rog were very difficult, as well as the multi-day battles for Znamenka.

However, the front managed to break the enemy’s resistance and take its starting position beyond the Dnieper for a subsequent offensive on the right-bank Ukraine. In the spring of 1944, the troops of the 2nd Ukrainian Front carried out a series of operations, which eventually forced Romania to surrender and join the ranks of the allied forces in the war against Nazi Germany.


What did the war teach him


After the war, the family of Grandfather Vasily lived there: in the Vinnitsa region, Kryzhopolsky district, in the village of Dzhugastra. Vasily was engaged in beekeeping and transported honey throughout the village. His youngest daughter Anya died during the Nazi attack on the village, she hid from the invaders in a barrel of water, and subsequently died from severe pneumonia.

Son Arseny after the war and until the end of his life was the chairman of the collective farm. Daughter Natalia, my great-grandmother, moved to Chisinau, the capital of Soviet Moldova, where she worked as a telegraphist, where she married and gave birth to two children: Sergey and Galina. Natalya’s daughter, grandmother Galya, subsequently gave birth to Alexandra, my future mother, and her sister Tatyana. Already in old age, Vasily Emelyanovich also moved to Chisinau to Natalia, where in 1987 he died a deep old man in his apartment.

My mother tells about my great-great-grandfather, his great-grandfather, that he was very kind, that the war taught him to value first of all the family, which he was very afraid to lose. Despite the war and hardships, he, according to my mother, was always vigorous in body and spirit, even in his advanced years. Mom happily recalls the moments when her great-grandfather, whom everyone called simply Vasily's grandfather, gave them "denyuzhki" for chewing gum and, as always, he loved to talk with his grandchildren.


Now it’s very unfortunate that there is so little information left, some information about such an interesting person as my great-great-grandfather. A lot was lost or it was simply destroyed by the war and time, and only fragmentary memories, as well as the orders and medals of my great-great-grandfather let me realize and understand that the war affected the lives of all people of that time.

It seems to me that no one will be surprised that my thoughts about my great-great-grandfather are very bright, and I am very proud and happy that his blood flows in me. And I have no doubt - I know for sure that he was ready to give his life for his homeland and for his family! I’m scared to imagine how my great-great-grandfather felt at the time of the battles, whether he was scared or was sure that nothing would happen to him.

I probably will never know this, but I know for sure that we must remember such people, because their lives make it clear that the main thing in our life is the homeland and the family! It is sad to understand that we are probably the last generation of those who can still see with our own eyes the veterans of the Great Patriotic War and learn directly from them something about the war. And just tell them, “Thank you!”

They defended their homeland, fought for us, wanted us to be happy and not think about such a terrible phenomenon as war. It’s very scary to realize that people don’t understand it now. In today's world, the situation is tense, which, with the wrong actions or just conversations of politicians, can lead the world to a new war.
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  1. Alexander Sosnitsky
    Alexander Sosnitsky 16 June 2020 10: 46 New
    +9
    Holy people. My father crossed the Dnieper higher under Korsun-Shevchenkovsky. Threshed from howitzers as we all know. Then, near Zhitomir, then Lviv went north to the Carpathians and then through the Vistula and Oder to Breslau and to Berlin, from where they urgently turned to Prague and Vienna.
  2. Olgovich
    Olgovich 16 June 2020 11: 00 New
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    Decent man

    It doesn’t matter where and by whom he fought: the main thing is that he fulfilled his duty.

    And the highest award to him was life, preserved by his fate and the prayers of his relatives.

    My great-great-grandfather is only informed about the awarding of the Order of the Patriotic War of the II degree to the 40th anniversary of the Great Victory.

    Later Vasily Emelyanovich received another such order

    It is unclear how to give the same date .... two orders of the Second World War (two different orders books) what

    Great-great-grandfather

    My great-great-grandfather fought already in the Russian-Turkish. the war of 1878 ... what
    1. tihonmarine
      tihonmarine 16 June 2020 11: 51 New
      +6
      Quote: Olgovich
      My great-great-grandfather fought already in the Russian-Turkish. the war of 1878 ...

      I still remember my great-grandfather, he fought in Japan in 1904 as a podsaul, and his paternal grandfather who fought on the Turkestan front in 1915. These are the oldest warriors from my kin whom I remember.
      1. Olgovich
        Olgovich 16 June 2020 12: 56 New
        +3
        Quote: tihonmarine
        I still remember my great-grandfather, he fought in Japan in 1904 with a subaul,

        Did you find him alive? Lucky if so.

        My great-grandfather, a volunteer of the RJAV and PMV (very seriously wounded), died immediately after the revolution, the second also left before me
        Quote: tihonmarine
        a paternal grandfather who fought on the Turkestan Front in 1915.

        You do not confuse anything: the Turkestan front and ... 1915 Caucasus, gorequest ?
        1. tihonmarine
          tihonmarine 16 June 2020 14: 01 New
          +3
          Quote: Olgovich
          You do not confuse anything: the Turkestan front and ... 1915 Caucasus, go

          It may be Caucasian, but he fought in the 2nd Turkestan corps and I know that he fought with the Turks, and in 1917 the whole battalion was deserted to their homes. And his great-grandfather was no longer called to the front of the PMV; he was born in 1876. There were many relatives on the male side, but the Civil War crushed someone, and someone died in the Second World War, but more than half returned alive.
      2. Serg65
        Serg65 17 June 2020 10: 16 New
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        Quote: tihonmarine
        fought on the Turkestan front in 1915

        What kind of front is this, Valera?
        1. tihonmarine
          tihonmarine 17 June 2020 11: 01 New
          +1
          Quote: Serg65
          What kind of front is this, Valera?

          Greetings, I didn’t quite accurately write, the front was Caucasian, but the corps in which he fought was 2nd Turkestan. But I know that I fought with the Turks.
          1. Serg65
            Serg65 17 June 2020 11: 11 New
            +1
            And how did your great-grandfather get into the 2nd Turkestan corps, you do not know by chance?
            1. tihonmarine
              tihonmarine 17 June 2020 11: 52 New
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              Quote: Serg65
              And how did your great-grandfather get into the 2nd Turkestan corps, you do not know by chance?

              Grandfather and not great-grandfather. Like everyone, they shaved their foreheads in 1915 and sent them to fight. And the details of the WWI at that time did not really interest me.
              1. Serg65
                Serg65 17 June 2020 12: 39 New
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                Quote: tihonmarine
                Like everyone, they shaved their foreheads in 1915 and sent them to fight.

                The fact is that the Turkestan corps were territorial, purely Turkestan! In particular, the 2nd Turkestan Corps was formed on the territory of present-day Turkmenistan, Tajikistan and part of Uzbekistan! The replenishment of this building also came from those edges. That's why I ask!
                1. tihonmarine
                  tihonmarine 17 June 2020 13: 02 New
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                  Quote: Serg65
                  The replenishment of this building also came from those edges. That's why I ask!

                  Honestly, I especially don’t know, but as the grandfather said he was sent to Chita, and then to the front as a paramedic.
            2. Aviator_
              Aviator_ 17 June 2020 19: 51 New
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              Conscripts of the Voronezh province in 1914 went to fight against the Turks, my grandfather of 1893, went there to fight in Persia, in the corps of General Baratov. Budyonny also fought there.
              1. Serg65
                Serg65 18 June 2020 11: 23 New
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                Quote: Aviator_
                in the corps of General Baratov

                Sergei, to mobilize attributed recruits for the Caucasian army, were in the Kuban, the Don, and Little Russia ... including the Voronezh province .... the population density in central Russia was high. In Turkestan, the situation is different, historical Russia is far away, so the 1st and 2nd Turkestan corps were mobilized by the local Slavic contingent. And the corps themselves in terms of numerical strength were very different from the Caucasus in a smaller direction.
    2. Avior
      Avior 17 June 2020 15: 06 New
      -4
      It is not clear how they gave it to the same date .... two orders of the Second World War (two different order books) what

      most likely there was a mistake in spelling the surname due to the subtleties of the translation or for another reason
      there are 2 documents on the site memory of the people

      Skipnik (Skripnik) Vasily Emelyanovich
      Order of the Patriotic War II degree
      Date of birth: __.__. 1904
      Place of birth: Ukrainian SSR, Vinnytsia region, Kryzhopolsky district, s. Jugastra
      Name of award: Order of the Patriotic War II degree
      Card File: Anniversary Award Card File
      Document Number: 83
      Document Date: 06.04.1985/XNUMX/XNUMX

      Skrypnik Vasily Emelyanovich
      Order of the Patriotic War II degree
      Date of birth: __.__. 1904
      Place of birth: Ukrainian SSR, Vinnytsia region, Kryzhopolsky district, s. Jugastra
      Name of award: Order of the Patriotic War II degree
      Card File: Anniversary Award Card File
      Document Number: 49
      Document Date: 01.08.1986/XNUMX/XNUMX
  3. Boris55
    Boris55 16 June 2020 11: 04 New
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    They defended their homeland, fought for us, wanted us to be happy and not think about such a terrible phenomenon as war.

    For their sake, and even more for the sake of us and our children, it is necessary to conduct a victory parade, a memory parade.

  4. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 16 June 2020 11: 20 New
    +2
    Your memory is the main reward for him, even if he is not with us. Once the memory is alive, then his Soul is somewhere nearby. May continues to guard you all.
  5. Rostislav
    Rostislav 16 June 2020 11: 38 New
    +8
    It’s hard to imagine today what the parents went through.
    Father was called in the 38th. He served in the Far East, then Halkin Goal. He returned to Minsk on June 20 of the 41st and 23rd again to the draft board. He left the encirclement near Moscow and reached Prague. And he ended the war again in the Far East, drove the Japanese. Finally he returned home only in the 46th, the guard as a senior sergeant.
  6. tihonmarine
    tihonmarine 16 June 2020 11: 45 New
    +4
    They defended their homeland, fought for us, wanted us to be happy and not think about such a terrible phenomenon as war. It’s very scary to realize that people don’t understand it now.
    Thanks to them, and eternal memory, to the simple, unknown plowmen of the war, who endured all the hardships of the war, and broke the back of Nazism. These were real Soviet people.
  7. businessv
    businessv 16 June 2020 11: 52 New
    +4
    I probably will never know this, but I know for sure that we must remember such people, because their lives make it clear that the main thing in our life is the homeland and the family!
    Thank you, Daniil Petrov, for the article! It is gratifying to know that young people understand and appreciate what our ancestors did! So, not everything is as hopeless as it seems to me and my generation regarding the upbringing of our grandchildren! As long as there is Understanding and Memory, we will live! The best to our children, grandchildren and all subsequent generations in preserving and enhancing the most valuable heritage inherited from our ancestors! hi
  8. Unknown
    Unknown 16 June 2020 12: 56 New
    +3
    but if without pathos, look into the eyes of both grandfather and great-grandfather, and what to tell them? Yes, I am ashamed to look into my grandfather’s eyes ... they are all in the graves, they have turned over more than once, despite the fact that their grandchildren and great-grandchildren have done with the country. or the USSR? such happiness, and a bright future for their descendants, as the present, capitalist? as far as I remember, they fought specifically for our SOVIET homeland, such a slogan was during the war, but not for the current, so-called Russian capitalists, who lost their conscience and shame. for them, or all the same against them? at the cost of the lives of millions of our soldiers, the territory of the USSR was cleared of the enemy, and they finished off Hitler in Berlin in order to push as far as possible the limits of their own security for their future generations, and the West did not have a desire to repeat such campaigns, and they were silent 50- years in a rag. but under the current rulers of the National Assembly, state borders pass exactly through the territories of the Leningrad, Pskov, Smolensk, Bryansk, Belgorod and Rostov regions. asked, then what were they fighting for, what were they putting their lives for? after all, everyone will agree that Russia now borders on non-friendly state entities. so how to look ancestors in the eye?
    1. nikon7717
      nikon7717 16 June 2020 23: 48 New
      +1
      It is a shame to look into the eyes of our ancestors ... And what each of us reading this phrase has done, is doing, will do so that it is not ashamed? If everyone asks himself the question, what do I personally need to do so that I would not be ashamed either of my ancestors or of my descendants, so that the descendants would remember the heroes of the Second World War, WWII, the Patriotic War, and the one who passed this memory on to them. If everyone creates a family story that will be Honest, True, without the sediment of the husks of the media, then all attempts to distort our story with you will be doomed to failure. In such a family story, you reflect all the pride, pain, glory of the ancestors and pass it on to new generations. They will continue it ... as long as your family lives.
      1. Unknown
        Unknown 17 June 2020 05: 37 New
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        And what did each of us reading this phrase do, do, will do so that it would not be embarrassing? ............. from 89 years old I tried to do so that it would not be embarrassing. after all, it was already clearly understood by people where the humpbacked country was leading, and its clique. after all, in a March 91 referendum, when the peoples of the USSR voted to preserve the union, this whole ruling bastard brushed aside nothing but a whim. then it was necessary to sweep away this camarilla. there was no leader, and the people no longer went one, especially in Moscow.
        1. nikon7717
          nikon7717 17 June 2020 07: 56 New
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          Dear Unknown! Perhaps a bad thought expressed. I’m talking about the fact that recently we recently saw the Victory days how a veteran gathered in armies of divisions, today there are only a few of them. We did not save their life stories, each in their own family, for posterity. It is necessary to do this today. We still lived in the USSR, tomorrow there will also be no generations who lived in the USSR and the truth about us, our lives, will distort, rewrite for our descendants a historian of the Department of State and replicate the media. We see this today as an example of rewriting the results of the Second World War. The truth is in our hands. We must save it for the future.
          1. Unknown
            Unknown 17 June 2020 11: 52 New
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            I agree with you that the current state is not interested in historical truth, and there are reasons for this. There are questions with the truth. They started talking with the elder about the war, and he tells me .... Dad, there’s a battle of STALINGRAD, a medal for the defense of this city, but where is the city itself? why renamed that? here is what to answer, how to explain? now you start talking with young people, about 30 years old, whose brains are not clogged up yet, and they can think, and right away the questions, if they won, then where did the winner go? why are there commanders of the fronts, for example, Rokossovsky, horses and others, and nowhere is it mentioned, the name of the supreme, although everyone knows him? and such questions arise, more and more. Of course in the family circle I explain how I can, but from the screens and pages of the shaft rolls a lie, and slander our past. here's how to deal with it?
            1. nikon7717
              nikon7717 17 June 2020 20: 12 New
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              What are you asking me how to fight? And like this! His personal order is not a step back, while preserving people, fighting with skill, or rather with REASON. As for the art of war, what needs to be determined? the goals and directions of the HORSE strike.? How to protect yourself with resources, who are allies, how to attract your own. Well, continue to the actions that you conduct clarifying the truth to everyone nearby, not intrusively, pick up words that make you think and delve into the primary sources. There is nothing to fit ...
  9. zenion
    zenion 16 June 2020 14: 38 New
    +2
    And I was lucky to see my uncles and cousins ​​who remained alive. Not many, but two uncles were killed and four cousins, two were killed. They gathered often, but never heard talk about the war. Always about relatives, about work, about children and grandchildren. The glass was always lifted for Stalin - the first, the second - for world peace, the third for all relatives.
  10. Sklendarka
    Sklendarka 16 June 2020 16: 46 New
    +2
    Thank you, Petrov. Thank you for remembering that you are proud of your great-grandfather.
    Daniil (Batskovich), thanks to your father, mother, that they raised you correctly and do not hesitate to write a middle name - you deserve it !!!
    Sincerely.
  11. MA3UTA
    MA3UTA 17 June 2020 01: 00 New
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    Author.
    Look, maybe another medal in the family is lost
    http://podvignaroda.ru/?#id=1532193517&tab=navDetailDocument

    ps.


    Famous Chisinau journalist, writer ...
    There are similarities with the last photo.
    Not by chance?
    1. podymych
      22 June 2020 10: 32 New
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      Thank you very much, we will definitely look together with the young author, it is very, very likely that this is him.
      Sincerely, Aleksey Podymov, editor of a series of essays by students of the Moscow State Technical Institute
  12. Buldakova-Pibur
    Buldakova-Pibur 31 July 2020 10: 35 New
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    We are grateful to everyone who keeps the memory of our relatives, but simply to those who, in one way or another, brought Victory Day closer. If it were not for them, we would not sit now and discuss their exploits. My paternal grandfather Mikhail Kuzmich Buldakov, born in 1911, was drafted in July 1941 in the Nizhneingashsky RVK of the Krasnoyarsk Territory, disappeared in October 1941, after a long search, data was found that he had fought in the Mozhaisk district near the village of Borodino. I contacted their history museum, they answered me:
    "His name is listed in our database.
    According to the lists of losses in the TsAMO archive, Red Army rifleman Buldakov Mikhail Kuzmich, born in 1911 was in the 32nd rifle division of the 322nd rifle regiment. Officially listed as missing on October 16, 1941 near the village of Borodino, Moscow Region, Mozhaisk District. (TsAMO F.58 OP.818883 d.429).
    This day, October 16, says a lot, German troops were to enter Moscow. German enemy tanks broke through from Yelnya to Utitsa to Borodino station, a strong battle ensued, the fighters held resistance for 4-5 hours.
    In the combat log of the 322 rifle regiment it is described that on October 16 the 3rd and 1st battalions of the 322 regiment were met by enemy tanks when attacking the village of Borodino-Semenovskoye. Under heavy machine-gun fire, the regiment lost up to 60% of its composition.
    On the territory of the landmark "Borodino field and monuments on it" there are officially 10 mass graves, all of them are unnamed. It is not possible to find out concretely now. Fighting comrades were buried whenever possible, during a lull. The main burden of this task fell on the local residents after the withdrawal of our troops. They were buried near settlements, no one looked in the distance. Often a trench became a grave for a soldier.
    After the war, the Mozhaisk search detachments found the graves of our soldiers and empty, unfilled soldier's medallions, in which there were no identification records, since the soldiers, due to superstition, believed that this would bring trouble. Every year search engines find new graves and reburial with military honors.
    From Borodino station to the village of Semenovskoye, along the road, there are three mass graves of Soviet soldiers, architect I.A. Frenchman. The largest burial place of the fallen Soviet soldiers is located opposite the Tank monument - T-34 to the soldiers of the 5th Army "
    Reading the answer, I just roared .... with joy that they finally found it, but it's a pity that my grandmother didn't have any photos of my grandfather. We have to rummage through the archives, all kinds of forums, maybe somewhere will lay out the family archives from his division. But I gave my word to myself and to all of them who died that I would definitely visit those places and bow down. And I transmit this story in electronic form to his great-granddaughter and little great-great-grandson.