It was a legendary person. His portraits and a brief description of the feat hung on special tablets in all Leninist rooms of our “Grechitsko - Burgundy” brigade.
No joke - get the title of Hero of the Soviet Union in 1971 year !!! For the entire post-war period “before Afghan”, units in the Soviet Army received the title of Hero, and in all the Air Defense Forces - only TWO people. One of them was Kutintsev.
I must say that the title of Hero then gave very sparingly. Many "pvoshnikov" fought in Vietnam during the period of the American bombing of this country. We knew the officers of the guidance and commanders of divisions, shot down a dozen and a half American planes. They were “Heroes of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam”, but in the Soviet Union they were given orders of the Red Banner, very rarely - Lenin. The title of “Heroes” in the Vietnam War was not appropriated to our officers. All the more glory was Kutintseva.
We happened to serve along with those officers who knew him personally and participated in the famous battles with aviation Israel in Egypt in 1970-1973. The legend of Kutyntsev’s exploit without a formal gloss in our brigade sounded like this.
Major Kutintsev was the commander of the most "heavy", 8 division of the brigade. Our brigade was deployed from the regiment to the fighting force during the 1968 events of the year. Then, in one night, they were “thrown out” into combat positions and deployed along the coast of the Gulf of Finland 6 of the C-125 “Neva” battalions.
Needless to say, after that, officers and soldiers lived there for years, in dugouts and tents, gradually building barracks, canteens, dos and so on. the notorious "hapspous".
Especially difficult for life was the location of the 8 division. He was on the Kurgolovskom Peninsula. Its combat position was simply magnificent and allowed us to confidently detect and fire low-altitude targets over the Gulf of Finland. The conditions of service and life, even for the unbalanced Air Defense Forces of the country, were difficult, both for the soldiers and for the officers and their families.
Even 10 years later, when we already served in the brigade, he remained the most difficult division in the domestic sense. Water comes from the well (in winter they punched a hole in it with an “ice pick” so that the bucket could crawl through), the toilet was on the street, the light was often from diesel engines, and when there was little diesel left, electricity was given only to ensure the operation of military equipment. Gas cylinders were taken from the location of the brigade, for a hundred kilometers. In general, the full range of "pleasures" in 200 kilometers from Leningrad. Those who served there even paid 15% wage premium, “for wildness”.
"Officers triathlon - firewood, water, slop" mastered there all the families of officers and ensigns.
In 1970, when Kutintsev was in command there, the living conditions were even worse. In addition, according to the "good" army tradition, such units were "referred to bringing up" all kinds of "slackers and scoundrels" from the brigade management and more prosperous domestic divisions. These niggards were usually not in a hurry to re-educate themselves and decomposed discipline in the division as they could.
In general, the affairs of Major Kutintsev were going very badly, the state of emergency followed the state of emergency, it smelled of being removed from office ...
Then the Arabs began to try again to fight with Israel. The valiant Jewish pilots once again laid our Arab grief - the allies on the first number, defeating their air defense and air force. Gamal Abdel Nasser (by the way, Khrushchev's Hero of the Soviet Union, if anyone forgot) has already been replaced by Anwar Sadat. He turned to the USSR for help. And we, as always, did not refuse.
On the basis of the Leningrad 6 OA Air Defense, an air defense corps, consisting of our soldiers and officers, was formed and urgently redeployed to Egypt. Recruitment there was also traditional, “voluntarily - compulsory”, although there were no cases of refusals. There was a team to select the "best".
Those who served in the army know how the "best" are selected in it. No commander will not give an unknown to whom a good soldier or officer. From the "honors" - please!
So Kutintsev was invited to talk and offered to go to Egypt. He happily agreed.
They drove off in civilian clothes. In Nikolaev they loaded the equipment onto the tanker and from there to Alexandria.
To accompany the volunteers came personally (not a little more !!!) KOSYGIN Alexey Nikolaevich, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the USSR with an appropriate retinue. (Can anyone imagine Yeltsin, who came to send troops to Chechnya?!)
Kosygin himself went around the line of those leaving and answered all their questions. The most memorable question he asked Kutintsev.
“Comrade Kosygin, is it possible to postpone deductions from my cash allowance for the missing anamophoric nozzle, worth 570 rubles, until our return from special mission?” Kutintsev asked a question to a member of the Politburo of the CPSU Central Committee.
Probably, not everyone knows what anamophoric nozzle is? Kosygin did not know this either. He demanded an explanation from the retinue, where, among others, were the Minister of Defense of the USSR and the Commander-in-Chief of the Air Defense Forces of the country.
I will explain the situation. The division commander was (and now, probably, is) financially responsible for all the property of the division. When he "rents" him, he is obliged to report everything on the basis of the inventory, or to pay if something is lost. The devil's head was used on a film projector to show widescreen films and cost a lot of money (the engineer’s monthly salary was about 100 rubles then) because it was a big lens that was made only in the GDR.
Someone from Kutintsev subordinates and stole it (probably, to demonstrate the miracle of optics in his native village, or aul - is unknown). Well, for her absence, they made a cash deduction to the commander with the political officer, so that they would not forget the Homeland beyond the seas - the oceans.
It is not known how Kosygin explained all this, but only after a short conversation with his retinue, Alexey Nikolayevich showed himself to be a fine fellow and assured Kutintsev that all deductions for the unfortunate attachment would be canceled !!! So they performed. The people's commissars of the Stalinist school kept their word, and were able to verify their orders.
So it turned out that Kutintsev, with his political leader, is clean before the Motherland, thanks to Kosygin.
(Another funny episode devoted to the Egyptian epic of the Air Defense Forces, told Mikhalych. His father-in-law also participated in the fighting in Egypt at that time. They carried "volunteers" there, too, from Nikolaev, but they followed without equipment and were transported on a regular ship.
All, of course, dressed in a civilian uniform. Gave the same gray raincoats. The officers were given hats, and the soldiers were berets.
On the boat they followed along with ordinary civilian tourists.
Those were amazed at the strange tourists who disciplinedly went to the reception at the GGS command of the ship broadcast: “Tourists in berets are invited for breakfast!” Or “Tourists in hats, go for lunch!”).
The Russian corps, which arrived in Egypt, however, according to tradition, created “the first pancake is lumpy”. Secretly turned around and stepped on combat duty. (True, the Israeli radio almost in the first day in Russian congratulated our soldiers on their arrival, listing by name the leadership of the corps).
Then our native razdolbaystvo mixed with laziness and disorder of the Arabs, which gave the inevitable result.
The Arabs, accustomed to the impotence of their air defense forces, flew fighters with a defective identification system "friend or foe". Our guardians of the Egyptian sky no one bothered to warn about this.
As a result, on the second day, the division, covering the airfield of Alexandria, discovered the Arabic IL-28, which had landed. Since the target did not respond to the request of the identification system (and on the screen of the indicator, all targets are visible as a small point, according to which their type and state ownership cannot be determined), ours fired at her and shot her down. One pilot died.
Despite the fact that there was no particular fault of our rocket men, a terrible scandal broke out, Sadat called Brezhnev himself, and the entire leadership of the Soviet group received “the very tomatoes”.
It is clear that this did not add anyone mood and morale. The Jews, trained by American pilots, took into account the experience of fighting in Vietnam and fought well.
The lower the plane flies, the harder it is to shoot down, oddly enough. It is very difficult to find a low-flying target, in the zone of fire it is seconds, or even fractions of seconds, the angular velocities of the target are huge, all this prevents firing on such a target.
The Israeli Air Force flew over the Egyptian and Sinai deserts at altitudes 20-50 meters. And often below. It was very difficult to detect, shoot down, or even effectively fire them. The situation was heating up, there was talk among the Arab military that the Russian equipment was bad, since the Russians could not do anything with the Israeli air force. Kutintsev bosses went dark and thoughtful ...
He, in the meantime, observed the flights of Israeli pilots, traveled through the desert on his UAZ and discovered the bed of a dried up river, over which the Israelis flew over the Suez Canal, remaining invisible to our radar stations. He had the idea to organize an ambush there at night.
The command of the anti-aircraft missile brigade, which included the Kutintsev division, agreed with great reluctance to this experiment. In practice, he acted at his own peril and risk. Having trained the calculations to quickly expand and collapse the division, he achieved great success in this, three times overlapping the "excellent" standard. Then I arranged with the Arabs to deploy 3 “false” division of plywood and boards next to his position at night (in this, as well as masking positions, the Arabs were recognized masters).
At night, Kutyntsov advanced the division to the channel, deployed the vehicle and disguised it. Nearby, the Arabs organized false positions with plywood cabins and rocket logs ...
At dawn, the Israeli Skyhawk, a weather scout, appeared. His Kutintsev shot down in the mode of TVK (television channel).
In order not to go into the wilds of air combat tactics, let us briefly note that the main unmasking characteristic of the air defense technology is its radar radiation. It is instantly detected by the instruments on the plane and the corresponding equipment warns the pilot that he is irradiated by a radar station (radar), or SNR (missile guidance station), and he uses maneuver, puts interference, or leaves the affected area, depending on the situation. All this seriously reduces the effectiveness of the shelling. But the mode of the TCE, which Kutintsev used, allows you to fire a visually visible target without turning on the radar, suddenly for the pilot. Blow turns dagger. This is what happened.
The Skyhawk was shot down, and his pilot did not even have time to figure out how.
They did not understand anything at the headquarters of the Israeli Air Force. Their plane just disappeared, the pilot did not report anything about his discovery by the Russians, and there are no Russians there ... Having decided that a flight incident had occurred, the Israelis sent a couple of Phantoms to search for the missing plane and pilot. They were already instructed, and they flew at extremely low altitude.
Kutintsev found this pair and shot at the host. The first rocket struck the "Phantom" and Kutintsev managed to transfer the guidance of the second rocket to the slave. This was a very difficult task, since the C-125 complex, on which Kutintsev fought, allowed simultaneously to fire only one target with two missiles. Fortunately, the "Phantoms" flew nearby, and he managed to transfer the guidance of the second rocket to a nearby target. The second "Phantom" was only shot down. His pilot instantly understood what was going on, left the defeat zone and flew towards the Promised Land, wailing to all Israel about Russian treachery.
Understanding what will happen next, Kutintsev gave the command to the brewers to immediately roll up. "Oryoliki" did not disappoint and turned off the technique, breaking all their own records. After driving away from the ambush site for a dozen kilometers, ours saw how the Israeli Air Force bombed their position and Egyptian plywood mock-ups, wave after wave, trying to avenge their losses ...
Kutintsev returned and reported to the commander about the success. He was praised for good luck, but at first no one gave it much importance. Having redeployed the division at the place of permanent deployment, Kutintsev decided to slightly celebrate the success with his officers, according to Russian custom.
Meanwhile, in the spheres of high politics, passions were already raging. The Israeli Air Force stopped all flights over the Egyptian territory for a month until the reasons for such unheard-of losses were ascertained.
Sadat, who originally learned about his victory from Israeli radio reports, requested confirmation from our commanders. Having received it, Anvar was delighted. He called Brezhnev again and thanked warmly for the heroic deeds. Then he gave the command to immediately deliver to him the commander of the distinguished division.
Kutintsev was literally pulled out of the table and, accompanied by the ambassador of the USSR, presented Sadat. Anwar removed, almost from his chest, some Egyptian order, the size of a frying pan, and covered with diamonds and diamonds. Then he solemnly fastened him on Kutintsev’s chest. There were many warm words and speeches.
Immediately after the release, the ambassador demanded that Kutintsev hand over a diamond griddle to the state, which he did. But since Sadat praised the hero Brezhnev more than once, that too had no choice but to assign Kutintsev the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
True, this almost prevented a small incident. Immediately from Sadat, Kutintsev returned to the festive table with friends and here they already “gave” as they should, they did not spare the benefit of alcohol for the equipment.
When they began to go to bed, Kutintsev made a remark to his political officer, Major Fokin, that his legs were sweating heavily. Fokin, so that his feet would not sweat, put his feet in the freezer of the refrigerator and fell asleep. Volumes of alcohol consumed, apparently contributed to the adoption of this decision ...
The next morning he discovered that he froze his feet !!! For doctors of the Egyptian hospital, where the victim was urgently brought, such a kind of illness as frostbite was a secret sealed with seven seals.
Even to translate this diagnosis for them was difficult. The freezer was good. It went almost to gangrene. As a result, the major frostbitten in Egypt was sent by plane to the Burdenko Hospital, where our doctors had already saved his legs.
Upon returning to the Union, Kutintsev received the Star of Hero, the rank of colonel and, subsequently, taught at the Kharkov Academy of Engineering Air Defense. In peacetime, the big commander did not work out of it ...
Zampolit, because of the scandalous frostbite, received only the Order of the Red Star. All soldiers and officers of the Kutintsev division received orders and medals.
So told this history veterans of our brigade ...
The saddest thing is that the current army is losing its historical memory and traditions. Friends gave me a colorful album, recently published in a printing house, on expensive paper, for some anniversary of the now united Air Defense Army and the Air Force of Leningrad. I looked at the page dedicated to our “Grechitsko - Burgundy Brigade” and was stunned. The compilers and editors of this gift album managed to never mention Kutintsev - the only Hero of the Soviet Union of our 6 OA Air Defense, who received this title for military exploits in the post-war peacetime period.
Forgot the current fathers - the commanders of the Hero ...
In our time - his portrait and description of the feat hung in each barracks and even the firemen knew about them.
Here is a sad ending to this fun story.
(Chapter from the book “True Bikes of Air Defense Warriors”)