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Heroes of our Motherland. Soldier of the Three Emperors - Vasily Nikolayevich Kochetkov

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Heroes of our Motherland. Soldier of the Three Emperors - Vasily Nikolayevich KochetkovAt one of the meetings I heard interesting information about a unique person, our countryman VN Kochetkov.

Vasily Nikolayevich Kochetkov (1785 – 1892), a “soldier of three emperors,” lived 107 for years.
100 from 107 years Vasily Kochetkov was on active duty.

Kochetkov's uniform was unique: the monograms of three emperors, who were sworn to by the old campaigner, were woven on his shoulder straps. On the sleeve of the uniform in eight rows were gold and silver stripes for service and distinction, and on the neck and chest barely fit 23 cross and medals

Born in Simbirsk Province of Kurmysh County in 1785 year. Kochetkov was a cantonist (soldier’s son). Cantonists from the day of birth were in the lists of the military department. Began to serve in the 1811 year of March 7 number as a musician.

He fought the entire World War 1812 of the year. Then, as part of the Life Guards Pavlovsky regiment fought with the Turks in the war 1828 — 1829. Transferred to the Life Guard Equestrian (Engineering) Division. In the 1836 year, during the life of Pushkin, Vasily Kochetkov had already served the 25 years laid by, but he did not leave the army.

In 1843, the 58-year-old soldier turns out to be in the Caucasus. He is instructed to use uncommon military experience and to teach soldiers to build, strengthen, and build pontoon bridges on “fast rivers”. Kochetkov enlisted in the glorious Nizhny Novgorod Dragoon Regiment. In the Caucasus, he was wounded three times: twice in both legs and in the neck right through. Seriously wounded, unable to move, he is captured.

Having recovered, Kochetkov flees from captivity, showing rare resourcefulness, foresight and courage. In 64, an exam soldier was made an officer. VN Kochetkov abandoned the epaulette, his soldiers' shoulder straps were dear to him, and two years later he retired, after 40 years of active service, at the age of 66 years.

In 1853, the so-called Crimean War began. Vasily Kochetkov asks for war and fights at the Kornilov bastion, in the midst of the Sevastopol defense, in the ranks of the Kazan Chasseur Regiment. Here he was wounded by a bombshell.

By personal decree of the king, who was already familiar with Vasily Nikolayevich, Kochetkov was again transferred to the guard and served in dragoons. Almost ten years have passed, and Vasily Nikolayevich Kochetkov submits a memo to the tsar and asks for the “highest permission” to go to war. So he was from the guard again in his beloved field army in the Turkestan Mounted-Artillery Brigade with a first-class fireworker. He went 78-th year.

For twelve years, Kochetkov served in Central Asia and in 1874, by sovereign's decree, he was transferred to convoy trains of the imperial train.

In 1876, Serbia and Montenegro rebelled against the Turkish yoke. Five thousand Russian volunteers went to help the fraternal Slavic peoples. Kochetkov again persuaded the king to let him go to war. "Servant" in his 92, fought in the front ranks, drawing volunteers with him.

He did not have time to rest in his homeland from military affairs, as the Russian-Turkish war of 1877 — 1878 broke out. 93-year-old Kochetkov fought at Shipka as part of the 19 horse-drawn artillery brigade.

On Shipka Kochetkov from the explosion of the bomb lost his left leg. He survived and served in the Life Guards Horse Brigade and lived to 107 years. Vasily Nikolayevich Kochetkov 31 May 1892 of the year in Vyborg died.

Petersburg artist P.F. Borel made an engraving from Kochetkov's photographic portrait. Filmed Vasily Nikolayevich for 11 days before his death. A hundred-year-old warrior in a Guards uniform is sitting, resting his right hand on his knee, with calm dignity. Between the fingers of his left hand sticks out a roll-up, stuffed, I think, not with a weak self-garden. 23 cross and medals appear in the award list of Vasily Kochetkov. On the left sleeve of a dark uniform there are eight bands of gold and silver - embroidery for the differences in service. He served in four military branches. He fought in the infantry, cavalry, was a brave artilleryman, smart sapper. All the land of the kind of troops he embodied.
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  1. Rowicz
    Rowicz 8 October 2012 09: 10
    +21
    This is really a WARRIOR, a man who has given himself all over to his homeland, and yet this is just one of many ... about such films would be made and educated by the younger generation hi
    1. Tirpitz
      Tirpitz 8 October 2012 09: 40
      +10
      Or ship name it, or weapon system.
      1. Pancho
        Pancho 8 October 2012 22: 32
        +6
        Yes, at least a street, and then all the libnehts with tsetkin and other rubbish are immortalized in our cities. And yet, it seems to me that Vasily Nikolayevich is a soldier of four emperors: Alexander the First, Nikolai the First, Alexander the Second and Alexander the Third. Correct, if not so. But what kind of people lived, it’s not intelligible for the 93-year-old to lose his leg in battle, not even I know with what to compare. I am proud that our land gave birth to such people, will it give birth yet?
    2. ALEX_SHTURMAN
      ALEX_SHTURMAN 26 January 2018 13: 02
      +1
      I also thought about this, where are you filmmakers ??? Why do we learn about such a person by looking for information ??? Is this not an example ?? I was simply amazed at the age of 93. The man did not just serve, but fought, and even where, in the heat! Not just a ship to name a minimum Aircraft Carrier!
  2. Yuri11076
    Yuri11076 8 October 2012 09: 18
    +6
    Wow, devote my whole life to defending Russia ...

    PS In Russia there have always been heroes.
  3. sergey32
    sergey32 8 October 2012 09: 24
    +8
    To my shame, I did not know anything about Vasily Nikolaevich, I would definitely tell the children.
  4. mongoose
    mongoose 8 October 2012 09: 33
    -5
    and such Bolsheviks slaughtered mercilessly, they cannot understand to the traitors of the Motherland what it means to be the Defender of the Fatherland
    1. str73
      str73 8 October 2012 10: 13
      +10
      The Bolsheviks were filming patriotic films. Admiral Ushakov, Admiral Nakhimov, Alexander Nevsky, etc. And today, something I do not see such films. 200 years of the Patriotic War of 1812 and what do we see besides meager television programs?
      1. mongoose
        mongoose 8 October 2012 11: 53
        -7
        yah? but I thought I made these films on the order of the one who shot to the ... new mother of the Bolsheviks laughing
      2. lelikas
        lelikas 8 October 2012 13: 38
        +1
        Quote: str73
        The Bolsheviks are just patritotic filmed movies
        -
        That's just about history and about God remembered when? Let's guess it myself in the 41st year, when the Germans stood near Moscow.



        Quote: str73
        And today, something I do not see such films
        - so there is no war, there are no films, the power is different, the approach is the same.
        1. str73
          str73 8 October 2012 18: 00
          +2
          Alexander Nevsky was shot in 1938, the rest of the films after the war. In general, I wrote this to the fact that the Bolsheviks headed by Stalin (after all, there were other Bolsheviks — freaks led by Trotsky, Zinoviev, etc.) tried to instill in the people pride in the glorious victories of the Russian weapons, and reconciliation with Stalin went to church because he was not a dumbhead freak like the old Bolsheviks. After the war, the church was not pressed (as unnecessary) until Stalin died, but the hidden Trotskyist Khrushchev continued his attacks on the church.
    2. Hon
      Hon 8 October 2012 10: 14
      +4
      In the ranks of the Bolsheviks there were quite a few soldiers and sailors who had passed the First World War, during the civil war, they all slaughtered each other. If Kochetkov had a chance to fight in the ranks of the Bolsheviks, the whites would not spare him.
      1. mongoose
        mongoose 8 October 2012 11: 54
        0
        and, above all, from those regiments who didn’t even smell gunpowder, my great-grandfather and his elder sons were shot, and they were actually war veterans
        1. Hon
          Hon 8 October 2012 12: 56
          +8
          Chapaev fought in the 326th Belgorai Infantry Regiment of the 82nd Infantry Division in the 9th Army of the Southwestern Front in Volyn and in Galicia. Was injured. In July 1915 he graduated from the training team, received the rank of junior non-commissioned officer, and in October - the senior. The war ended with the rank of sergeant major. For his courage, he was awarded the St. George medal and the soldier George Cross of three degrees
          Rokossovsky 18-year-old Konstantin, as a volunteer (hunter) entered the 6th squadron of the 5th Kargopol dragoon regiment of the 5th cavalry division of the 12th army. On August 8, Rokossovsky distinguished himself during horse reconnaissance at the village of Yastrzhem, for which he was awarded the 4th degree Cross of St. George and promoted to corporal. He participated in the battles near Warsaw, learned to handle a horse, mastered a rifle, a saber and a pike. In early April 1915, the division was transferred to Lithuania. In a battle near the city of Ponevezhy, Rokossovsky attacked a German artillery battery, for which he was introduced to the George Cross of the 3rd degree, but did not receive an award. In the battle for the Troshkun railway station, along with several dragoons, he secretly captured the trench of the German field guard, and on July 20 was awarded the 4th degree St. George medal. The Kargopol regiment waged a trench war on the banks of the Western Dvina. In the winter and spring of 1916, as part of a partisan detachment formed of dragoons, Konstantin repeatedly crossed the river for reconnaissance purposes. On May 6, he received the 3rd degree St. George Medal for an attack on a German outpost. In the detachment, he met non-commissioned officer Adolf Yushkevich, who had revolutionary views. In June, he returned to the regiment, where he again crossed the river in reconnaissance search.

          Zhukov: Drafted into the army on August 7, 1915 in Maloyaroslavets, selected for cavalry. After training as a cavalry non-commissioned officer at the end of August 1916, he came to the South-Western Front in the 10th Novgorod Dragoon Regiment. He was awarded the 4th degree St. George Cross for the capture of a German officer. In October he received a severe concussion, after which, due to partial hearing loss, he was sent to a reserve cavalry regiment. For a wound in battle he was awarded the second St. George's Cross, this time of the 3rd degree.

          Quote: mongoose
          and first of all from those regiments who didn’t smell gunpowder

          But why did you get the idea that they didn’t smell gunpowder personally in those years of research? The civilian spared no one, neither the front-line soldiers nor the peaceful, nor the red, nor the white, nor the green ....
          1. mongoose
            mongoose 9 October 2012 10: 08
            -4
            units, and the bulk of geyvolyudstvennye soldiers, were from the training regiments of the St. Petersburg garrison
            1. Hon
              Hon 9 October 2012 10: 54
              0
              When captured, fighters as a rule switched to the side of the enemy. There were not rare cases when one person managed to fight several times both on the side of the Reds and on the side of the Whites.
              And if in the ranks of the whites there were well-trained professional warriors and on the side of the Reds there were only robbers and degenerates, then how did the Reds win? By the way, it was the whites who resorted to the help of foreign interventionists, this is the question of betrayal ...
    3. lelikas
      lelikas 8 October 2012 13: 33
      +2
      Quote: mongoose

      and such Bolsheviks slaughtered mercilessly
      - so they cut everyone - both their own and those of strangers, and scoundrels and heroes - such a terrible time.
    4. Radarik606
      Radarik606 8 October 2012 16: 28
      0
      the Bolsheviks are not only a couple of thousand fanatics, but millions of soldiers such as Kochetkov, that is, the people who fought in Russian-Japanese, and then in Germany, fought against the cadets with officers
      1. mongoose
        mongoose 9 October 2012 10: 08
        0
        ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, you still write Rurik in the Jews!
        1. Radarik606
          Radarik606 9 October 2012 23: 56
          0
          And who smashed Denikin and Kolchak? 5 million Jews and traitors?
  5. omsbon
    omsbon 8 October 2012 09: 46
    +5
    It is necessary to educate youth and soldiers on such examples.
  6. broker
    broker 8 October 2012 09: 54
    +3
    Bogatyr !!! About such Pushkin and wrote)))
  7. Nagaibak
    Nagaibak 8 October 2012 09: 57
    +2
    mongoose- "Bolsheviks slaughtered such people mercilessly, the Traitors to the Motherland cannot understand what it means to be the Defender of the Fatherland." And what does the Bolsheviks have to do with it? An article about a worthy person.
    1. mongoose
      mongoose 8 October 2012 11: 55
      -4
      and despite the fact that the Russian army washed their blood from traitors
      1. Hon
        Hon 8 October 2012 13: 07
        +2
        Look at the history of Russia, the Bolsheviks came to power during the October coup, but the revolution took place in February. Who ultimately betrayed the Bolsheviks, the interim government?
        1. mongoose
          mongoose 9 October 2012 10: 09
          -1
          whose money? came to power? who were cut and robbed as a result?
          1. Hon
            Hon 9 October 2012 11: 15
            0
            They cut everyone and everything.
            Not only were the Bolsheviks foreign spies, many nobles were Masons, the wife of Nicholas II was German.

            Initially, the revolution was supported by foreign money and after it happened the country began to fall apart, the Bolsheviks managed to stop this collapse. In principle, the coming to power of the Bolsheviks was not beneficial to foreign countries, if this had not happened, the country would have been divided into zones of influence, in fact, in 17, the Yugoslav scenario awaited us.
  8. Radarik606
    Radarik606 8 October 2012 10: 06
    +17
    Rambo nervously smokes on the sidelines smile
  9. hohryakov066
    hohryakov066 8 October 2012 10: 09
    +10
    Just stunned !!! Great power was a man !!! And our kings clearly knew and appreciated him. periodically tried to hide it in Vardia, then in the convoy! And he really served the Fatherland! It would not be bad to create some sort of gallery of military glory, where to keep the memory of such WARRIORS.
    1. mongoose
      mongoose 8 October 2012 12: 12
      -6
      don't i get it? you know what - For Faith! The king! And the Fatherland! ?????
      do not share it according to your Bolshevik habit! both the guard and the life convoy served the Fatherland the same! people like you first share the Armed Forces, then they arrange the massacre of Russian people
      1. karbofos
        karbofos 14 October 2012 22: 17
        +1
        shut up mongoose, an article about a hero, if you have something to write about the case, write. and vomit your schizophrenia about evil komunyak on their anti-Russian sites
  10. Aeneas
    Aeneas 8 October 2012 10: 28
    0
    I won’t be surprised if it turned out that instead of a wooden leg, my grandfather had a camouflage masked, with which he regularly beat adversaries in the most decisive moments of the battle.
  11. aksai61
    aksai61 8 October 2012 10: 34
    +4
    A worthy example !!! This is YOU neither Bilans and others ...
  12. Nagaibak
    Nagaibak 8 October 2012 10: 50
    +5
    "In the ranks of the Bolsheviks, there were quite a few soldiers and sailors who passed through the First World War, during the civil war they cut each other." In the respected Hon, would they have pity on him or not is also a question. And the fact that each other was cut for that she and the civil war. Another important thing is that the Bolsheviks eventually created a great state. And someone in the 90s destroyed everything. And what do we have in the exhaust after 20 years? And the old Russian army is considered to be something impeccable and the reign of the tsar father too. However, this is not so, or at least not quite so. If everything were like in a popular print, there would be neither Lenin nor revolutions under the tsar.
    1. mongoose
      mongoose 8 October 2012 11: 56
      -7
      did the Bolsheviks create a great state? but for some reason I thought that it was the merit of the Russian people and their leader I.V. Jugashville
      1. Nagaibak
        Nagaibak 8 October 2012 12: 43
        0
        And in the CPSU (b) who was it? Are they not Russian alone? . After 1937, mostly Slavs became party members. Yes, and the name of the party changed after the death of Stalin, it seems.
      2. Hon
        Hon 8 October 2012 13: 30
        +3
        Quote: mongoose
        it is a merit of the Russian people and its leader I.V. Jugashville

        Also a Russian person ...
        1. Nagaibak
          Nagaibak 8 October 2012 13: 57
          +1
          Perhaps he considered himself as such.
      3. mongoose
        mongoose 9 October 2012 10: 10
        0
        it is clear that the great state was created by Jews, the bronshteyn and other Rosenfelds
        1. Hon
          Hon 9 October 2012 10: 55
          0
          No, it was obviously Georgians
  13. MrFYGY
    MrFYGY 8 October 2012 11: 14
    +1
    This is a man! On such a country and keeps!
  14. Alexey Prikazchikov
    Alexey Prikazchikov 8 October 2012 11: 41
    +3
    Ndaaa just no words ... I only hope that my generation will be worthy such people and it will be exactly such people and more. For the previous generation was Loch and treacherous.
  15. 8 company
    8 company 8 October 2012 12: 01
    +1
    Wow - a man! And sometimes they try to tell us about the "rotten autocracy"! Wow "rotten" where such fighters grew up. That's about whom films should be made instead of "White Tigers" and Mikhalkov's "masterpieces".
    1. lelikas
      lelikas 8 October 2012 13: 45
      +1
      And as if - at first we destroy the country, then we knock out the intelligentsia, then religion and everything connected with history, then we tell everyone how they felt bad before that - the 17th year, the 91st year - there is practically no difference.
  16. borisst64
    borisst64 8 October 2012 13: 26
    +4
    In tsarist Russia, the whole country knew its heroes, in our USSR, everyone, young and old, knew the heroes of the Civil War and the Second World War. And now in a country that has been at war for two decades, maybe they will remember about the sixth company (if they do not confuse it with the film "9th company"), but the names of the heroes are not heard. But this is where patriotism and love for the motherland begins.
    1. Hon
      Hon 8 October 2012 13: 56
      0
      A. Lays, E. Rodionov, L. Rokhlin, Yu. Budanov, I. Savin to continue?
  17. Suvorov000
    Suvorov000 8 October 2012 15: 12
    +7
    100 years!!! 100 years!!!! served faithfully. Without adoring the adversary and the difficulties of life, he is strong in spirit and faith, which is probably why the Lord God gave him so many years of life because he knew that this person would not spend them in vain and in vain. Here he is an example of a real warrior when even the king agreed with him because he knew that this man knows and knows better than many. Indeed, it would be better if such people were shown more often as an example than the horror and deception that they show and hammered into children now through a zombie and a computer
  18. lmkvmf
    lmkvmf 8 October 2012 15: 23
    +3
    Yes, and a monument to such warriors must be put-MANDATORY ...- otherwise they like to put up monuments for incomprehensible merit (Sobchak - for example) ....
    1. Hon
      Hon 8 October 2012 16: 42
      +1
      Many of our monuments are public, that is, they are erected by citizens without the participation of the state. Here we ourselves, for example, can pack up and erect a monument to the hero!
  19. Vlaleks48
    Vlaleks48 8 October 2012 16: 10
    +3
    Glory and Eternal memory to a simple RUSSIAN PERSON!
    Today’s power is afraid of such people most of all !!!
  20. understudy
    understudy 8 October 2012 16: 32
    +2
    Yeah ... current, squinting from the Army, this is not understood. But He, in fact, protected them.
  21. Ahmar
    Ahmar 8 October 2012 16: 32
    +5
    Yes ... there were People these days,
    Not like the current tribe,
    Heroes!
    Here he is the true son of Russia, the Fatherland! Warrior and hero of the Russian land! Glory!
  22. Saniaxnumx
    Saniaxnumx 14 October 2012 09: 22
    0
    I agree with many of the above unsubscribed. Really great man. And also I agree that he should erect a monument.
  23. mnn_12
    mnn_12 14 October 2012 15: 51
    0
    In 1876, Serbia and Montenegro rebelled against the Turkish yoke.


    In 1876 Bulgaria and Bulgaria fell, and the main reason for the war of 1877-78 was the exceptionally brutal suppression of precisely this easting and not the events in Serbia and Montenegro. The vast majority of the Bulgarian people greeted and liberated the liberators with joy and helped actively in military operations, intelligence information and support.
    I don’t understand whether this is really the author’s scandalous ignorance or a completely deliberate falsification of history, according to modern nauky official Russian propaganda (it is normal to regard Bulgaria as an enemy, it is still a NATO member)?
    Dear friends, you are outraged when Western propaganda puts on the same level the North African campaign of Romel and Stalingrad and the Battle of Kursk as key events that determined the course of the war. You don’t have a word when young Japanese are taught that the atomic bombs of the USSR were burned by Nagasaki and Hiroshima, or when they explain that the Battle of Kursk was won because ... there was a landing in Sicily. I can only say that falsification in this article (I doubt that this is the result of only the ignorance and illiteracy of the author) is at this level of lies and falsification.
    On Shipka, Bulgarians and Russians fought shoulder to shoulder, and numerous monuments there are reminiscent of this. There is also a beautiful Russian church.
    A lie is always a lie, and there will be no truth if the Aesli and the propaganda centrals (Western, Russian, American ...) have repeated it thousands of times.

    And the story about the veteran really liked me. Such examples of patriotism are not forgotten.