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Height 776.0

The last days of February, 2000, passed, the third and final phase of the second Chechen war was nearing its end. The counter-terrorist operation to liberate the last major cities, Grozny and Shatoi, still under the control of the militants, ended in their release. According to the assumptions of the command of the federal troops, the bandits had no choice but to retreat, split into small groups, settle on remote mountain bases or make their way to the north of the country towards the border with Dagestan.

Height 776.0
776.0 height (photo 3 March 2000 of the year)

But the militant commanders, among whom Khattab and Sh. Basayev were, decided to take a different path. Having concentrated the remnants of their forces, they conceived to break through the Argun gorge and cross the Dagestan border, hiding from the combat zone. By the time the operation began in the locality near Ulus-Kert, according to information from various sources, thousands of well-armed and trained militants were concentrated by 1,5-2,5.
Argun gorge is one of the largest in the Caucasus. It was formed due to the Argun River, which flows through the Main Caucasian Mountain Range. The gorge is notorious for its inaccessibility, which was confirmed during numerous armed conflicts in the Caucasus. During the Chechen wars was an important strategic point. Currently, construction of a ski resort is planned in the gorge.

While the Flag of Russia has already hoisted over the Shatoi, and most of the Federal group could officially cover weaponThe 6 th company of the 104 th regiment of the 76 X division of February 28 was ordered to settle at the height of Ista Kord. All known mountain trails flowed to the height, which the militants could use in case of their departure. Thus, the purpose of this operation was to cut off the main and most likely option for breaking through the remaining enemy formations to the northeast of the country. It was necessary to block the passage in the area of ​​the village of Selmentauzen, settling at the turn, located four kilometers south-east of Ulus-Kert, and to prevent the militants from moving towards Makhkety, Elistanzhi, Kirov-Yurt and Vedeno. Run the task was necessary before February 14 29 hours.

In the morning of the 29 th military group, which included the 6-I and 4-I parachute companies, as well as two reconnaissance groups of the 104-th regiment under the leadership of Lieutenant Colonel M.N. Evtyukhina, having received the last instructions, moved to the designated point. Moving on foot, by noon 6, headed from the beginning of the operation by major Sergei Molodov, reached the height of 776, which is four and a half kilometers from Mount Ista-Kord. For reconnaissance, a reconnaissance group of twelve servicemen was sent to the indicated mountain, which, when climbing 12: 30, ran into twenty militants and engaged them in battle. Leading a fierce firefight, the military had to retreat to the rest of the regiment to the height of 776. By that time, due to the death of Major Molodov, Lieutenant Colonel Evtyukhin assumed overall command. By 16 hours of the day, all the soldiers of the 104 regiment were involved in the battle, who had taken up defense at 776 and 787 heights.

Molodov Sergey Georgievich was born in a family of hereditary military men. He spent his childhood in Chelyabinsk, comprehended urgent service in parts of the Airborne Forces in Germany. Later he studied at the Ryazan Airborne School. He visited Turkmenistan, Osh, Baku, Uzgen, Buinaksk, Nagorno-Karabakh. He fought in the first Chechen war. February 29, when the soldiers, retreating to the height of 776, carried out already wounded Sergei from the battle, received a second fatal wound. The leadership in that battle passed to Mark Evtyukhin. Hero of Russia and Guards Major S.G. Molodov was buried in the Chelyabinsk region.

Militants also did not waste time and, pulling up reinforcements, began a massive shelling of the Pskov division simultaneously from several directions. In 23: 25, they launched an active offensive using a large number of mortars and small arms, using well-known riverbeds and the remaining flanks of the federal forces that were not sufficiently protected. By the end of the first day, the losses of the 6 th company were 31 people, that is, a third of the personnel. One of the three platoons, who did not reach the height, was shot right on the slope during the ascent. Only two remaining platoons continued to fight the numerous enemy.

Despite the strong support from the artillery division, owing to the incessant fire from the bandit formations and the difficult terrain conditions, the command of the task force was unable to unlock the "encircling". At the same time from the militants periodically received offers of surrender with promises to save the lives of all those taken prisoner. By the morning of March 1, violating all the orders of the authorities and taking advantage of a slight lull, they were able to break through part of the 6 company numbering 4 men under the command of Major Dostanalov through the barrier of the militants. They also tried to help the paratroopers blocked at height and the 15 paratroopers headed by Sergey Baran, the intelligence chief of the 120 regiment. They left their positions and forced the river to provide all possible assistance to fellow soldiers. But as they climbed the height of the slope, being ambushed, under heavy mortar fire they were forced to gain a foothold on the shore. Later, the commander received a severe reprimand and an order to turn back.

The platoon of the Dostovalov safely slipped under the fire of the bandits without incurring any losses. In the future, he was on the positions of the company that was surrounded by. During the battle, all the valiant paratroopers who came to the aid of comrades died. However, the successful passage of the platoon of Alexander Vasilyevich proved that it was possible to get through to the dying 6 company, which contradicts all the statements of the command. Many of the higher army ranks of Postavalov’s act still annoyed: “The others did not succeed, but he, you see, came out!”. They continue to blame him for the allegedly senseless death of fighters.

Major General Alexander Otrakovsky, nicknamed "Grandfather", who commanded a group of marines, sought to help Evtyukhin. But his repeated appeals to the high command remained unsatisfied. From the strongest feelings for his comrades and friends from Major-General Otrakovskogo 6 March heart refused.

Significant assistance on our part to the besieged fighters was provided only by artillery. One of the peculiarities of combat with it is that with a close approach of the belligerents, the blows fall not only according to the forces of the enemy, but also to their own. At a certain moment of the battle, Lieutenant Colonel Evtyukhin realized that there was simply no way out. Then he decides to cause artillery fire on himself, being in close proximity to the enemy. Communication with the gallant commander ended on March 1 exactly at 6: 10.

Evtyukhin Mark Nikolaevich was born 1 May 1964, in the family of a builder from the city of Yoshkar-Ola. He graduated from the Ryazan Higher Airborne Command School. He fought in Afghanistan, Abkhazia, Bosnia. He was married and has a daughter. The younger brother Igor, a marine officer, was injured during the first Chechen company. At the beginning of 2000, the guard lieutenant colonel went to Chechnya as part of his battalion. After the death of Major Molodov, during a battle at 776.0 heights, the wounded Evtyukhin led his fighters to the last breath. Buried in Pskov. Lt. Col. posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Russian Federation and forever enrolled in the lists of the third company of Ryazan VVDKU.

Federal troops came to the positions that the 6 Company took up only on March 2, after the militants had already collected the bodies of all their dead. The number of their losses according to different sources ranged from 400 to 700 people. The paratroopers in this bloody meat grinder lost eighty-four people, thirteen of whom were officers. Six heroes still managed to escape death. The last officer who survived by that time, the captain Romanov, already left without legs, was trying to save the life of Andrei Porshnev and Alexander Suponinsky. He ordered the guys to jump off a cliff, and he covered their departure until the last. The soldiers managed to get out of the battle zone and get to the federal forces safe and sound. One of the paratroopers, Yevgeny Vladykin, who decided to make a sortie behind his sleeping bags for the wounded, when he ran out of ammunition, got involved in hand-to-hand fighting and received a strong blow with the butt on the head. Militants just considered him dead. A little later, the private came to his senses and managed to get into the location of our parts. The same thing happened with Private Tymoshenko, who, on the orders of the commander, was supposed to sneak into the machine gun crew of the militants. Almost reaching the goal, he was stunned by the explosion of a mine and wounded, but remained alive. The other two survivors, private Alexei Komarov and Roman Khristolyubov, were fighters of the third platoon, who was never able to climb the slope under the fire pressure of the enemy.

Of all the survivors, the Golden Star of the Hero of Russia was given only to Alexander Suponinsky, and twenty-one paratroopers received the title of Hero posthumously according to Presidential Order No. 484 of March 12 of 2000 of the year. Sixty-eight soldiers (of whom sixty-three posthumously) were awarded the Order of Courage for showing courage during this unsuccessful operation to eliminate bandit armed groups.

According to these militant actions, obtained during the battle in the Argun Gorge, the well-known military men led Abu Walid, Bakuyev, Shamil Basayev, Arsanov and Khattab, who managed to escape from the battle zone with the remnants of their gangs. But one of the militant commanders Idris was destroyed thanks to the personal courage and bravery of Art. Lieutenant Vorobyov.

Much later, in March 2012, a Chechen court convicted three of the gangsters who had participated in that bloody operation in the Argun Gorge for their criminal actions and encroachment on the lives of servicemen. They turned out to be members of the Khattab Kemal Ebzeev group, Hamidulla Yapov and Rashid Atutov. The bandits were sentenced to 13 and 14 years of imprisonment.

While awards orders were issued and payments to the families of the deceased soldiers were determined, many people wondered: “How did it happen that in relatively peaceful time there were eighty-four! young and healthy fighters died? ”Their feat can be put on a par with the military prowess of the Panfilov heroes, the streets were named after them, memorial boards were dedicated, but so far no one has voiced the names of those responsible for their deaths. The fighters, who were ready to carry out the task assigned to them at the cost of their lives, were actually thrown one on one with the enemy forces twenty times superior.

For the families of the fallen soldiers, the personal apologies of Russian President Putin for the commanders’s miscalculations and the initiative to create a monument in their honor, expressed on the day of the 70 anniversary of the Airborne Forces in the Pskov Division, were hardly a consolation.

The bitter example of our paratroopers proves that such concepts as heroism, selflessness and courage are not a thing of the past, that contemporaries are also capable, if necessary, of being worthy successors of their heroic ancestors. None of the participants in the events of March 2000 had even allowed the thought of giving in to the provocations of the militants and giving up, preserving their lives, while displaying heroic restraint and composure in that difficult situation.

In Cherekh, near the checkpoint in front of the 104 garrison of the 3 regiment of August 2002, a twenty-meter design was opened in the form of an open parachute, under the dome of which autographs of all those killed in that terrible confrontation in Chechnya were engraved.

The family of the fallen heroes created an organization called “Red Carnations”, the purpose of which was not only to preserve the memory of those who died in the Argun gorge, but also to clarify the true causes and perpetrators of the incident. The heroic events of February-March 2000, became the basis for the creation of feature films "Breakthrough", "Russian sacrifice", "I have the honor." According to eyewitnesses written books "Step into immortality", "Company" and "Breakthrough." Bards composed many songs in honor of our soldiers who died in that bloody battle, and even filmed a musical called "Warriors of the Spirit." And family members can only hope that someday the truth will open about the death of the most precious people for them, who did not flinch and carried out the order until the last minute of their lives.

Military inspection of the regimental tactical grouping of the 76-th Airborne Troops before going to Chechnya

The photo also fighters 175 ORR. Place and time are unknown. From left to right from the top! Dmitry Kozhemyakin, Wulf, Lunya, Peacock, Kharek! Below: Tatarin, Serge Kozlov, Zhenka Khamatov, Sashka Lebedev

175 OPP

The scouts Gu. Leutenant Kozhemyakina DS on the back of the inscription group before the release of 29.02.00. KILLED 01.03.00. On the left, D. Kozhemyakin, Yevgeny Khamatov sits next to him, a medical platoon, then Alexander Lebedev, and Sergei Kozlov stands in the middle, but Golubev, a sniper, stands next to him, did not die. Sergei Ivanov sits on the far right, Andrei Aranson is behind him, Denis Strebin is the far right - signaler of the art corrector Romanov

Monument to the feat of 6 company at CAT 104 gu. DSP
(open 2 August 2002 of the year)

Memorial stone at gearbox 104 Guards. DSHP.
(opened on August 1 on 2001 by President of the Russian Federation V.Putin)

Memorial plate, brought from Chechnya after the withdrawal of airborne units. Installed in front of the club 104 Guards. DSP
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  1. Sakhalininsk
    Sakhalininsk 14 November 2012 09: 01
    It is tempting to say a lot of nasty things to those who ditched the young guys, but apparently there are few hopefuls who will really punish those guilty.
    1. borisst64
      borisst64 14 November 2012 09: 21
      Do not believe in the stupidity of the authorities in that battle. There were mistakes, but who is safe from them. No one with whom I spoke spoke of any prohibitions. At that time, I served in Pskov, hello there.
      1. Antibrim
        Antibrim 14 November 2012 11: 15
        but whoever now knows whether they were or not, it was necessary not to restrain the forces of the company, again the stupidity of the command which hoped for a chance (and what mistakes, there are people who are no worse than this bosses).
        And the glory to those who died, did not surrender, and they laid down their lives, ETERNAL MEMORY!
      2. Brother Sarych
        Brother Sarych 14 November 2012 15: 41
        An interesting movie - if this is not stupid leadership, then what? Just a crime? And how else to assess the circumstances of the case? What did operation leaders expect?
      3. shosha
        shosha 25 December 2012 22: 55
        I was already in Pskov at that time, at the end of January they replaced us and we returned to the unit, and then we learned that the sixth company was dead ...
        ... No, she did not die, the paratroopers do not die, they just fly away and do not return ...
        Eternal memory to heroes !!!
    2. Lucky
      Lucky 14 November 2012 11: 30
      !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Glory to you guys !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  2. igordok
    igordok 14 November 2012 09: 04
    Without many words. Glory to the fighters!
    1. Lech e-mine
      Lech e-mine 14 November 2012 09: 14
      There has already been an article on this topic. And again I will say a disregard for the lives of our soldiers and officers — from the command side, this is the main reason for the death of our guys in this battle.
      1. Yarbay
        Yarbay 14 November 2012 10: 11
        Quote: Leha e-mine
        There has already been an article on this topic.

        If my memory doesn’t deceive me, there were two articles and very interesting comments on them!

        Quote: Leha e-mine
        And again I will say a disregard for the lives of our soldiers and officers — from the command side, this is the main reason for the death of our guys in this battle.

        Such an attitude, only because there was impunity, this applies not only to the military!
      2. Goldmitro
        Goldmitro 14 November 2012 20: 34
        Absolutely right! Many of our losses are a consequence of this devil-may-care attitude, the origins of which go back to the Soviet army under the slogan "there is no war without losses", behind which it is convenient to hide the mediocrity of the command. Unfortunately, these mediocrities, as a rule, come out dry from the water, they take care of themselves and do not even plan to be among the losses!
        Very sorry for the guys! A low bow to them and ETERNAL MEMORY! In our rsahristannoe time there are less and less of these real guys ready for such feats!
      3. brelok
        brelok 21 January 2013 08: 28
        I agree!!! fathers-commanders saved kerosene! he is worth the money! And soldiers get into the army for free!
    2. mazdie
      mazdie 14 November 2012 22: 27
      GLORY and MEMORY
  3. zz2003_1974
    zz2003_1974 14 November 2012 09: 19
    I always admired, admire, and bow my head before the Russian spirit !!! Eternal memory to you all the soldiers who fell for our Motherland !!!
  4. Prometey
    Prometey 14 November 2012 09: 59
    And yet, I can’t understand how reconnaissance can be carried out in a territory that was clearly controlled by the enemy by forces of only one company? Even at the time of Ermolov, when the Russians had superiority over the Chechens, the main tactical unit in all operations was the battalion. I understand when a company is reinforced by equipment, but under Ulus-Kert this was impossible. Then it turns out that they sent the 6th company deliberately to be torn to pieces by the enemy. I read Troshev’s memoirs, where he writes that the concentration of militants there was a surprise. However, for some reason it is not believed in this version, the commanders themselves said that they knew the direction of the militants' movement and they had nowhere else to go. In general, they have not told us the whole truth so far and how much they have in vain ruined the guys.
    1. Lucky
      Lucky 14 November 2012 11: 34
      I think it was a treacherous negligence !!!!!!!!!!
  5. 8 company
    8 company 14 November 2012 10: 30
    In general, the main jamb of command is the lack of normal fire support. There are large-caliber self-propelled guns, there is Tochka-U, there are a lot of things, but they are not used because of inability, misunderstanding, disorganization, etc. The dead are certainly heroes, but nevertheless, we must learn to fight in a smart way, and this applies primarily to command. In the same place, the 9th company in Afghanistan had well-organized artillery support and lost only a few people, although the situation was very similar.
  6. Yuri11076
    Yuri11076 14 November 2012 10: 40
    Eternal glory to the children who went to immortality. Despite everything, they fulfilled their military duty to the end ...
    TUNISIA 14 November 2012 10: 44
    Eternal memory to the fallen! I was at this height a few years ago during an intelligence search. Remembered the guys ... Their feat is immortal.
    BRATISHKA 14 November 2012 10: 51
    “Apparently, the correspondent of the newspaper simply did not know that there is no unit of two thousand militants. Such a unit will have nothing to eat, and it will be noticeable. The specificity of partisan battles is that the groups of militants rarely exceeded one hundred people, and sometimes fifteen , and ten - this is quite enough for a sudden ambush and instant retreat. And as soon as the mythical "detachment of 2 thousand people" disappears, then everything else disappears. And the story that the militants "broke into the plain": the partisans have no need to break through It’s much easier to get around it. And the story that the paratroopers “destroyed over 700 militants.” And, of course, the story that the paratroopers, who had been fighting for three days, caused fire on themselves. from howitzers! The howitzer with its hinged trajectory hits 15-20 km. That means: there were Russian troops 20 km away and could not come to the rescue for three days? "By the way, the article appeared in the Pskov newspaper :) For this" feat "the command must be judged. But the case was cleverly hushed up, announcing the paratroopers as Heroes.)
    1. Prometey
      Prometey 14 November 2012 11: 24
      Quote: BRATISHKA
      "Apparently, the newspaper's correspondent simply did not know that there is no such thing as a unit of two thousand militants. Such a unit will have nothing to eat

      Hmm, interesting though. Kovpak during the Second World War, the total number of units was 10000 soldiers and it seems like no one was dying of hunger. Feeding 2 thousand people is not so problematic, especially on its territory. Moreover, they did not go in a crowd along the entire route - they connected when they needed to. Well, I agree with everything else - the whole thing is actually dark, especially since none of the surviving companies from the 6th company was given a word in the media either then or a little later. And the tales about the corpses of the militants that were taken out by dump trucks are impudent lies, invented to close the backsides of those who sent the company for slaughter. The battle went on for 3 days and during that time they did not throw reinforcements - at least it smacks of the tribunal (or maybe there was no three-day battle, and the company was destroyed immediately at the approach to the height, having been ambushed?). The version of the company’s destruction by an ambush of the enemy periodically appeared in print, but the canonical version of the three-day battle and subsequently the absurd excuses of Troshev about fog in the mountains and spring thaw and other things became unshakable. In 2004, an interview with a military officer caught my eye, where he spoke about this topic and said that from the tactical point of view of maintaining this height at the cost of the life of a whole company it was completely absurd, because even a threefold advantage in numbers among the militants no longer left the paratroopers any chance.
      1. BRATISHKA
        BRATISHKA 14 November 2012 11: 33
        Khattab did exactly what he intended in that battle. He stealthily approached with a small detachment and cut the thrown into the gorge without cover, having no combat experience, not even entrenched in a company.
        Alas, this was a crime for which command must be judged, and not a feat for which it is necessary to reward the dead.

        Compare the partisans of the time of the Second World War and the Chechens .. to put it mildly, it is not appropriate, well, there couldn’t be such a large detachment concentrated in one place, Khattab did not do so that the mosquito of the nose will not undermine
        1. xan
          xan 14 November 2012 22: 23
          yes, brother, a Khattab with a small detachment slaughtered 90 people for two days.
          and where does the detachment of militants come from over 100 people? all the time they were fighting in small detachments, and they were defending the formidable one, and small detachments were going to break through. it’s written to you that the militants had nowhere to go except through this height, how much it was - so much went.
          it’s easier for brother and brother Sarych to present fighters, not paratroopers, as real wars.
          you, brother, will whine in any mess that you were betrayed and abandoned, and it’s better to give up. a real warrior is fighting in any situation.
          and you ram
          1. BRATISHKA
            BRATISHKA 15 November 2012 09: 10
            Quote: xan
            and you ram

            thank you, thank you) only for me so because of people like you ololo patriots guys and die

            The battle began only a few hours after Defense Minister Igor Sergeyev announced that the war in Chechnya was over. Vladimir Putin was informed of "the fulfillment of the tasks of the third stage" of the operation in the North Caucasus. The reason for this statement is the capture of Shatoy, which the federal command interpreted as a signal that the "Chechen resistance" was finally broken. In the afternoon of February 29, 2000 and. about. OGV commander Gennady Troshev noted that within another two to three weeks, operations will be carried out to destroy the "escaped bandits", but the full-scale military operation has been completed. According to some media reports, during the week the fact of the battle at an altitude of 776 was hushed up, as was the number of losses. Although a major battle near Ulus-Kert was reported on March 2, 2000, information about its details and the loss of federal forces was made public very late. On March 9, “Obshchaya Gazeta” wrote:
            Fragmentary information that a whole company of the 705,6th regiment of the Pskov airborne division was killed in battle with bandits at an altitude of 1 near the village of Ulus-Kert on the night of March 104, leaked to the media. Yes, nobody could tell everything about what happened there. Journalists were not allowed into the area for several days. And the military themselves were ordered to keep quiet. Is it possible that Colonel General Gennady Troshev on the 5th allowed himself to finally admit: "The sixth parachute assault company, which was at the forefront of the bandits' attack, lost 31 people killed, there are wounded."
            In some media, the silence of the tragedy is also associated with the approaching presidential the election 2000 year. The materials of the departmental investigation are still classified.
            According to the militants, a clash occurred in the vicinity of the mountain village of Ulus-Kert, in which only 70 militants clashed with paratroopers moving towards Vedeno through the gorge of the Vashtar river (Abazulgol).
            Quote: xan
            and where does the detachment of militants come from over 100 people?

            to show you video footage of Chechen detachments numbering more than 100 people? :) or will you find it yourself?

            Quote: xan
            it’s easier for brother and brother Sarych to present fighters, not paratroopers, as real wars.

            You've probably watched the brave films about 9 Company, or "Thunderstorm Gates") I'm talking about the fact that the militants are not so fools as they are presented to us, that they can be mowed down 1000 people at a time.) Have you heard about the fight at Yaryshmarda? How did the hero soldiers transfer information about the movement of armored vehicles to Khattab for a box of vodka?
            1. Prometey
              Prometey 15 November 2012 09: 56
              I agree with you that the warriors generally wanted to shut up information about the death of the company, but there was a leak of information and I had to come up with a fairy tale about a three-day battle (I wonder how much can a person really survive on their feet in battle?) And how much ammunition could carry with them to drag a company and for how many hours of battle would be enough cartridges? The fighters of the Maykop brigade fought in the station building for 60 hours, but taking into account that the building is still not an open area and the ammunition they dragged was not on themselves, but on equipment.
      2. Brother Sarych
        Brother Sarych 14 November 2012 15: 47
        I also think that two thousand are not hanging around the mountains and Kovpak is off topic here ...
        And the rest - I think you're right, the story is dark and dirty ...
    2. ramzes1776
      ramzes1776 14 November 2012 21: 05
      Quote: BRATISHKA
      And the story that the paratroopers "destroyed over 700 fighters"

      The main mass was destroyed by the artillery division of the same regiment of 120mm Non-S. Voisk were nearby, they simply didn’t have time. The militants most likely simply crushed the mass and not in three days, but much earlier. Muzhik is eternal glory.
      1. Brother Sarych
        Brother Sarych 14 November 2012 21: 09
        Not Verdun, so that the chains advance, and not Pleven, so that the columns ...
      2. BRATISHKA
        BRATISHKA 15 November 2012 09: 05
        The tactics remained at WWII level, in a conflict with Georgia the same thing .. can corpses be considered enough from the stupidity of the leadership?
        February 28 - Colonel S. Yu. Melentiev, commander of the 104th regiment, ordered Major S. G. Molodov, commander of the 6th company, to occupy the dominant height of Ista-Kord. The company advanced on February 28 and occupied a height of 776, and 4,5 scouts were sent to Mount Ista-Kord, 12 km away.
        On February 29, at 12:30 pm, the reconnaissance patrol went into battle with a group of about 20 militants and was forced to retreat to altitude 776, where the commander of the guard company, Major Molodov, entered the battle. He was wounded and died later that day, and Lieutenant Colonel Mark Yevtyukhin assumed command of the company.
        At 16 hours, just four hours after the capture of Shatoy by the federal forces, the battle began. Only two platoons fought, as the third platoon, which stretched for 3 km on the rise, was fired upon and destroyed by militants on the slope.
        By the end of the day, the 6th company lost 31 dead (33% of the total personnel).
        On March 1, at 3 a.m., a group of soldiers led by Major A.V. Dostalov (15 people) was able to break into the encirclement, who, having violated the order, left the defensive lines of the 4th company at a neighboring height and came to the rescue.
        Fighters of the 1st company of the 1st battalion sought to help the comrades. However, during the crossing of the Abazulgol River, they were ambushed and forced to gain a foothold on the shore. Only in the morning of March 3 the 1st company managed to break through to the positions of the 6th company.
        1. Director
          Director 16 November 2012 17: 24
          WW II and in Russian it’s a bit of a shame. THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR.
          Bratshsšškkaa. negative
      3. Prometey
        Prometey 15 November 2012 09: 44
        Quote: ramzes1776
        The main mass was destroyed by the artillery division of the same regiment of 120mm Nona-S

        Was this really possible? Artillery would grind militants there along with their own. Fighters of the 4th company claimed that they had not heard any artillery support for the 6th company and they did not even have a spotter.
  9. Joonkey
    Joonkey 14 November 2012 11: 06
    Everlasting memory!!!
  10. vladimirZ
    vladimirZ 14 November 2012 11: 12
    Guys feel sorry for the heroes!
    The supreme power of Russia, President Yeltsin and his corrupt corps, profiting from the blood of Russian soldiers who died in hostilities, are to blame for their deaths.
    The President’s drunkard, for the sake of power, for the sake of money, who launched the Civil War in his own country, deserves even a posthumous Court, and not monuments and verbiages addressed to him.
    The worst thing is that the Civil War of the 90s does not subside to this day. And how much longer will she collect her bloody "harvest"? Nobody knows.
  11. yura9113
    yura9113 14 November 2012 12: 04
    Eternal memory to the heroes !!!!!
  12. Prometey
    Prometey 14 November 2012 12: 05
    Quote: vladimirZ
    The supreme power of Russia, President Yeltsin and his corrupt corps are to blame for their death

    Yeltsin was not already in the Kremlin at that time.
  13. Rus_87
    Rus_87 14 November 2012 14: 14
    Sorry for the amateurish question, but what, attack aircraft could not be connected in any way? Send a few Mi-24s, Mi-8s again for fire support, and most importantly for the evacuation of the guys, too, in any way?
    They don't like Americans on this site (I honestly don't respect them either), but what I like about their combat tactics is that if they smell a little "fried", they immediately call turntables to evacuate their "butts", here, of course, you can call them cowards (maybe they are), but in this case they go home to their mothers, wives, children safe and sound, and not in zinc coffins ...
  14. iwind
    iwind 14 November 2012 15: 19
    Rus_87I will join the question. Where was Aviation ?? After all, we are inside our country, the approach time should be minimal.
    Send a dozen MI-24 and SU-25.
    1. Prometey
      Prometey 14 November 2012 19: 49
      The "brave" generals at that time had an iron excuse - fog in the mountains and that's the point. Well, well, let's say there was fog and it was not possible to use the aircraft, but where, your mother, were the reinforcements? Was it really impossible for 2 days (according to the official version) to transfer at least another 2-3 companies to the battle area and let the survivors get out of the encirclement?
      And in general, how realistic was it for 1 company to withstand so much time in an un fortified area against ten times superior enemy forces?
      Most likely, there was no two-day battle and howitzers fired at a train of echelons, as the negligent generals were talking about later. The company was surrounded, ambushed and destroyed after several hours of battle. The survivors were told what to say (this is one of the alternative versions).
      1. Lieutenant colonel
        Lieutenant colonel 15 November 2012 04: 10
        The company had little chances, the time question was from 8 to 12 hours, and based on the terrain and conditions of the battle, the main forces of the enemy did not enter the battle. There are many questions, and a number of answers are not comforting. Correctly people ask the questions - why the artillery could not support the company with fire. The height was not within the reach of artillery fire from the base centers. Aviation really could not work according to the weather (those who were in those parts know that at this time of the year there are often fogs - but with rather large gaps and for frequent - the gorge is closed, open at heights). Although one of the helicopter pilots told me that they flew into the first company and into the fog (not into milk, of course, and the plain is not mountains, but I think that the guys could give them the opportunity to decide for themselves) and at the airfield the boards were kept in readiness all the time, but. .... It's a damn BUT. Most likely in this way they tried to lure Kataba - they "showed" a weakly defended place, gave the squad the opportunity to focus on a certain direction and wanted to destroy, and someone from their own leaked information to the enemy. The company was destroyed calmly enough, knowing that it was being sacrificed. The company could not fight with its w / c for 3 days. I was prompted to think about this by a conversation with one of the counter-responders, who, judging by the fact that he stated something, knew something. But they usually don't go into detail. This is my opinion, I do not pretend to be true.
        1. kopar
          kopar 27 November 2012 13: 04
          Regarding BK, you have written correctly. And from this we have to proceed. We know how much one kid in the mountains could carry on himself. And if we draw conclusions, it turns out that the guys were once again written off "with hostility." And none of the command I don't care about them, not then, not now.
  15. I. Brovkin
    I. Brovkin 14 November 2012 15: 38
    They don't like Americans on this site (I honestly don't respect them either), but what I like about their combat tactics is that if they smell a little "fried", they immediately call turntables to evacuate their "butts"

    And we, as in the Second World War, are standing to death and no one even tried to save the guys, as a result, the militants broke through and the guys almost all died.
    BRATISHKA 15 November 2012 09: 33
    Photo of paratroopers the day before the battle with militants

  17. shoroh
    shoroh 15 November 2012 15: 41
    THESE GUYS ARE OUR 300 PARTNERS !!!! GIVEN THE MOST EXPENSIVE - LIFE - IN THE FIGHT AGAINST THE ENEMY !!!! OUR TASK TO CONTINUE THEIR BUSINESS - to erase all the rot in Saudi Arabia and Qatar from the face of the earth.
  18. brush
    brush 17 November 2012 03: 08
    Different sources have different information. Czech militants themselves said that they participated in the attack to a height of 50 to 70 people. Khattab led. A direct assault on the heights killed 11 militants. But more died during the subsequent shelling and hail the next day when the convoy of militants passed through the gorge - 14 militants died there, there were also many wounded.

    However, Khattab himself denied that 70 militants could have lost 11, destroying 80 paratroopers. The Czechs of the paratroopers respected and were afraid, and there was a reason.
    1. wynd
      wynd 5 February 2014 13: 09
      Also read the myths of militants. Their goal is clear - to mythologize this event as much as possible.
      Well, 70 people, having lost 11, cannot completely destroy a company of airborne forces head-on. Namely, head-to-head and in an open clash.
      This is possible, IMHO, only with a well-prepared and well-planned ambush. (Although there is another crazy version - artillery crushed its own)
  19. cth; fyn
    cth; fyn 20 November 2012 16: 32
    It seems that the film was made about them "Breakthrough" or something, I don't remember.
  20. Dorofei
    Dorofei 9 December 2012 21: 49
    And yet ---- the enemy passed or failed? More than 80 fighters, on the contrary, let the excellent bearded warriors number 70-80 ... were ambushed ... The question is where is our intelligence.?. Where is the advance detachment? where are the shoulder straps responsible, in front of the mothers of our fighters, for such a development of events (a rhetorical question) ... Guys - we honor your holy memory and ask your prayers for us sinners ... I think the topic is not closed ....
  21. wynd
    wynd 5 February 2014 12: 51
    Extremely dark and sad story. They broke firewood, fucked, laid down a company and wanted to quietly and peacefully forget ... Some high-sounding slogans were invented: they stopped the breakthrough to Dagestan, lasted 3 days, destroyed 700 fighters, etc. FUCK?!? After all, not the 41st, to climb into the loopholes! It’s a pity the guys died just like that, because of the gouging and negligence. The kingdom to them is heaven ...
    My purely amateurish version, as sad as it is to admit, the battle did not happen at all - the guys were lured into a trap and shot as "blind kittens" (I heard something like that from a comrade who served in the 76th Air Assault Division).
    In any case, this is a crime that had to be investigated in hot pursuit, and not let go on the brakes.
    Z.Y. Sorry for the messy post, pent ...