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The battle of Zinoviy Kolobanov

The battle of Zinoviy Kolobanov

August 20, 1941 crew tank under the command of senior lieutenant Zinovy ​​Kolobanov, he destroyed 22 enemy tanks.

Zinovy ​​Kolobanov on the eve of the Winter War, in which he fought with the rank of lieutenant and fought as commander of a tank company of the 1 th light tank brigade.

8 August 1941, von Leeb’s troops, which had been trampled near the Luga line for almost a month, resumed the attack on Leningrad. 9 August 1941 of the year 1-I tank division was able to break through the Soviet defense, and, going to the rear of the Soviet troops, to unite with the 6-th tank division. 14 August 1941, the German troops cut the railway Krasnogvardeisk - Kingisepp, 16 August 1941 took the Volosovo station and rapidly moved to Krasnogvardeysk - the former and current Gatchina.

Our troops defending the line on the Luga River (70-I, 111-I, 177-I, 235-I infantry divisions, as well as 1-I and 3-I divisions of the militia), were cut off from the main forces and resisted stubbornly surrounded. The reserves sent from the deep rear have not yet come, and the road to Leningrad was open to the Germans who had broken through.

The only compound capable of delaying the German offensive was the 1-I tank division of Major General Baranov. On August 12 the division passed to defense in the area of ​​Vypolzovo, Kryakovo, Nerevitsy, Lelino. At this point, the division consisted of 58 operational tanks, of which 4 were medium T-28 T-28 - tank cruiser, and 7 - heavy KV-1. The 3 Tank Company of the 1 Tank Battalion of the 1 Tank Regiment of this division consisted of five KV tanks. This company was commanded by senior lieutenant Zinovy ​​Grigorievich Kolobanov.

The crew of Zinoviy Kolobanova. Kolobanov himself is in the center

19 August Kolobanov was summoned to the division commander. Showing on the map three roads leading to Krasnogvardeisk from Luga, Volosovo and Kingisepp, the general ordered to block them.

Two tankloads of armor-piercing shells were loaded into each tank. High-explosive shells this time the crews took the minimum amount. The main thing was not to miss the German tanks.

On the same day, Kolobanov pushed his company towards the advancing enemy. Two tanks - Lieutenant Sergeev and Junior Lieutenant Evdokimenko, he sent to the Ludskoye road.

Two more KVs under the command of Lieutenant Lastochkin and Junior Lieutenant Degtyar went to defend the road leading to Volosovo. The tank of the company commander himself was to be ambushed along the road connecting the Tallinn highway with the road to Marienburg - the northern outskirts of Krasnogvardeisk.

The crew included, in addition to Kolobanov himself, the commander of the gun, senior sergeant Andrei Mikhailovich Usov, senior mechanic driver foreman Nikolai Ivanovich Nikiforov, charging, he also junior mechanic driver Red Army soldier Nikolai Feoktistovich Rodenkov and radio-gunner senior sergeant Pavel Ivanovich Kiselkov.

For his KV Kolobanov defined the position so that in the sector of fire was the longest, well-open stretch of road. A little before reaching Uchkhoz's chicken farm, she turned almost 90 degrees and then went to Marienburg. Extensive swamps stretched along the sides of the road.

By evening, they managed to hide the tank in a caponier, which was open to the very tower. A spare position was also equipped. After that, they carefully masked not only the tank itself, but even traces of its tracks.

Closer to the night came the military guard. A young lieutenant reported to Kolobanov. He ordered the infantrymen to be placed behind the tank, to the side, so that if something happened they would not fall under gun fire.

KV-1 with extra reservation

Zinoviy Kolobanov prize list: 33 fund, 682524 inventory, 84 storage unit. 1 and 2 pages. TsAMO, 217 Foundation, 347815 inventory, Case No. 6 on 102 — 104 sheets.

Early in the morning of August 20 1941, the crew of Kolobanov was awakened by the roar of the German Ju-88 bombers going at high altitude towards Leningrad. At about ten, shots rang out to the left, from the side of the road going to Volosovo. A message arrived on the radio that one of the crews had fought with German tanks. Kolobanov summoned the commander of the military guard and ordered him that his infantrymen opened fire on the enemy only when the KV gun was spoken. Kolobanov and Usov set two guidelines for themselves: No. 1 - two birch trees at the end of the intersection and No. 2 - the intersection itself. Landmarks were chosen so as to destroy the enemy's head tanks right at the intersection, do not let the rest of the vehicles turn off the road leading to Marienburg.

Only in the second hour of the day did enemy vehicles appear on the road. German motorcyclists turned left and rushed towards Marienburg, not noticing the disguised HF in ambush.

Pz.III Pz.III 3 Tank Company 1 Tank Regiment 1 Tank Division Major General Walter Kruger also showed up for the motorcyclists. Their hatches were open, and some tankers sat on their armor. As soon as the head machine reached the reference point number XXUMX, Kolobanov ordered Usov to open fire.

The lead tank caught fire from the first shot. It was destroyed, not even having time to completely pass the intersection. The second shot, right at the intersection, was defeated by the second tank. Cork formed. The column shrank like a spring, and now the intervals between the remaining tanks have become minimal. Kolobanov ordered to transfer the fire to the tail of the column in order to finally lock it on the road. The senior sergeant corrected the scope and fired four more shots, destroying the last two in the tank column. The enemy was trapped.

In the first seconds, the Germans could not determine where the shooting was going on, and they opened fire from their KwK-50 38 millimeter cannons at the hay bales, which immediately caught fire. But soon they came to their senses and were able to detect an ambush. A tank duel of one KV against eighteen German tanks began. A whole hail of armor-piercing shells hit Kolobanov’s car. One by one they plowed through the 25-mm armor of additional screens mounted on the HF turret. Tanks KV-1 with similar booking were produced only in July 1941, and fought only on the North-West and Leningrad fronts.

The infantry units following the column came to the aid of the German tank crews. Under cover of fire from tank guns, for more affective shooting at HF, the Germans rolled anti-tank guns onto the road.

Kolobanov noticed the preparations of the enemy and ordered Usov to hit high-explosive fragmentation projectile on anti-tank guns. With the German infantry, the military guard, who was behind KV, entered the battle.

Usov managed to destroy one VET together with the calculation, but the second managed to make several shots. One of them broke the panoramic periscope, from which Kolobanov watched the battlefield, and the other, striking the tower, jammed it. Usov managed to break this gun, but the HF lost the ability to maneuver the fire. Large dovoroty guns to the right and left could now be done only by turning the entire hull of the tank.

Kolobanov ordered the foreman mechanic, Senior Nikolai Nikiforov, to withdraw the tank from the caponier and take a spare firing position. In the eyes of the Germans, the tank backed out of his hiding place, drove off to the side, stood in the bushes and re-opened fire on the column. At this time, the radio operator Nikolai Kiselkov climbed onto the armor and installed a spare instead of the damaged periscope.
Finally, the last 22 tank was destroyed.

During the battle, which lasted more than an hour, senior sergeant Usov fired 98 shells on tanks and anti-tank weapons of the enemy, all of which were armored-piercing. By order of the battalion commander Captain Iosif Shpiller, Kolobanov’s tank was removed from the position and, putting the escort platoon on the armor of the surviving fighters, withdrew to the location of the main forces of the division. At the same time, eight German tanks were destroyed by the crew of Lieutenant Fyodor Sergeev in a battle on the Luga road, and five by the crew of Junior Lieutenant Maxim Evdokimenko. The junior lieutenant was killed in this battle, three members of his crew were injured. Survived only mechanic driver Sidikov. The fifth German tank, destroyed by the crew in this battle, was precisely the driver’s account: Sidikov rammed him. The HF itself was thus disabled. The tanks of Junior Lieutenant Degtyar and Lieutenant Lastochkina that day burned four enemy tanks each. Total 3-th tank company on this day was destroyed 43 enemy tank.

For this battle, the commander of the 3-Tank Company, Senior Lieutenant XNUMHinoviy Grigorievich. Kolobanov was awarded the Order of the Fighting Red Banner, and the commander of the gun of his tank, Senior Sergeant Andrei Mikhailovich Usov, was awarded the Order of Lenin.

The troop battle seriously delayed the offensive of the enemy near Leningrad and saved the city from lightning capture. By the way, one of the reasons why the Germans were so eager to seize Leningrad in the summer of 41 was the fact that the city had a Kirov factory that produced KV tanks.

EC-2, installed on the site of the Army Troops battlefield
And this is how the events are described in the video:

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  1. deputy ___ watered
    deputy ___ watered 20 August 2013 07: 20
    Eternal memory to the heroes!
  2. vitek1233
    vitek1233 20 August 2013 07: 38
    This is a fight. Tankers and infantrymen Well done and the KV tank is an excellent car
  3. Iraclius
    Iraclius 20 August 2013 08: 28
    When some "experts" tell me "Hauptmann Wittmann, Villers-Bocage, Tiger tank - 11 enemy tanks", then I tell them "Senior Lieutenant Zinovy ​​Kolobanov, Northern Front, KV-1 tank - 22 enemy tanks, - go all ... ".
    Thank you, Zinovy ​​Grigorievich. And a deep bow to your entire crew.
  4. AK-74-1
    AK-74-1 20 August 2013 08: 48
    This is how history is written! It is the merit of the Soviet people and the leadership that they were able to prepare such an army and such equipment. Senior lieutenant and security platoon against "papa" Goth and a total of one and a half battalions in the furnace. It is a pity that there are no articles about Lavrinenko. Or here's another case on "Zvezda" I listened on May 9, as KV dragged two tanks to its location. Well, I'm breathing unevenly towards the tankers. Although I congratulate everyone on the centenary of the birthday of Alexander Ivanovich Pokryshkin
  5. Kovrovsky
    Kovrovsky 20 August 2013 09: 27
    For such a feat the whole crew had to be presented to the Hero of the Soviet Union!
    1. Iraclius
      Iraclius 20 August 2013 09: 58
      And they were introduced. Kolobanov and gunner Usov. Division Commander signed documents. But some of the headquarters of the Leningrad Front lowered the awards to the orders of Lenin and the Red Banner.
      1. Denis
        Denis 20 August 2013 12: 10
        Quote: Iraclius
        And they were introduced. Kolobanov and gunner Usov. Division Commander signed documents. But some of the headquarters of the Leningrad Front lowered the awards to the orders of Lenin and the Red Banner.
        That same "some kind" appeared not for the first time
        The war was not a curiosity for the 28-year-old senior lieutenant Kolobanov. As part of the 20th heavy tank brigade as a company commander, he was able to participate in the Soviet-Finnish war of 1939-1940. The brigade in which he served was the first to reach the Mannerheim line, with his company at the cutting edge. It was then that Kolobanov burned for the first time in a tank. In a battle near Lake Vuoksa, he again pulled forward with his company, and again had to escape from a burning car. The third time it burned during a raid on Vyborg. On the night of March 12-13, 1940, a peace treaty was signed between the USSR and Finland. Learning about this, the soldiers of two previously opposing armies rushed to meet each other for "fraternization".

        Unfortunately, this very “fraternization” cost Captain Kolobanov very dearly: he was demoted in rank and, having deprived of all awards, he was fired to the reserve *.

        [* Kolobanov was not only deprived of his rank, awards and dismissed from the army, but was also allegedly convicted. It is possible that it was, but the author is not aware of what this conviction expressed]
        But why
        connecting Tallinn highway with the road to Marienburg - the northern outskirts of Krasnogvardeisk
        No, this is not in terms of tactics. Why does the author mention some impersonal Krasnogvardeisk, not mentioning that then the city of Gatchina was so called?
        And the battle of Voiskovitsy is also not entirely accurate, to Voiskovitsy it’s still decent from there. You can geographically attach it to Rebolovo or Syaskyelevo, and more precisely to the New Uchkhoz, but ...
        Here the current jamb climbs out. There is a Syaskelovo suburb, if such a word is applicable to a small village, there used to be a military town. Prior to the disaster, Peter was surrounded by regime concrete, there are all the mentioned settlements on it. So, in connection with these changes, that military the town, in fact, a small microdistrict is simply dying out. It is partly disbanded, it simply doesn’t matter to the civil authorities. That's what they try not to mention. This is a problem of so many military towns
        It was just that at the same time, not only settlements were enlarged, but also memory. Also, a memorial located at the same distance in Bornitsy is mentioned in connection with the Troops, here is his photo
        1. Iraclius
          Iraclius 20 August 2013 13: 56
          I hear for the first time about the fact of fraternization between the White Finns and ours, because of which Zinovy ​​Kolobanov was "pushed" in the service. Where can you read about this in more detail?
          1. Denis
            Denis 20 August 2013 14: 41
            Quote: Iraclius
            I hear for the first time about the fact of fraternization between the White Finns and ours, because of which Zinovy ​​Kolobanov was "pushed" in the service. Where can you read about this in more detail?
            I read in Russian tanks No. 4 a portrait of the hero-Zinoviy Kolobanov and after that
            1. Iraclius
              Iraclius 20 August 2013 15: 17
              Denis, thanks for the tip. hi
  6. Stiletto
    Stiletto 20 August 2013 09: 32
    Yes, such stories will not be shown on Discovery and other similar channels. Worst of all, our "directors" also started shooting the White Tigers thing, instead of taking the plot prepared by the story itself and making a good, high-quality and - most importantly - truthful movie.
    1. Dimka off
      Dimka off 20 August 2013 11: 02
      Yes, there are a lot of such stories. The main thing that would be a desire. For example, there is no good feature film about Kolobanov or the raid of the T-28 tank into occupied Minsk, nor about the exploit of Nikolai Sirotinin, and there were many more such episodes. And the films would be great.
      1. Poppy
        Poppy 20 August 2013 15: 58
        so there is no living T-28, how to shoot something
        and it’s more interesting for them to shoot like fines with cuttings from shovels fought
        1. Denis
          Denis 20 August 2013 16: 18
          Quote: Poppy
          so there is no living T-28
          Alas, that's all
          from 1933 to 1940, the Leningrad Kirov Plant produced 503 copies of the T-28.
          And the attitude, maybe the Finns have this,only this juvenile, learn and cooperate
          The last combat use of the T-28 by the Red Army units was recorded in 1944.
          The captured T-28s were used by the Finnish troops, which were armed with these tanks until 1951.
          You can search there, and in Kubinka
          photo: Shielded T-28, used by the Finnish army, in the exposition of the tank museum in the city of Parola (Finland)
        2. Dimka off
          Dimka off 23 August 2013 15: 45
          so there is no living T-28, how to shoot something

          invest money and withdraw.
    2. solomon
      solomon 20 August 2013 11: 11
      The game "World of Tanks" has a "Kolobanov Medal". The multi-million dollar gaming community knows about the hero at least in passing. Something else I have not seen about Kolobanov's feat.

      And I would love to watch a movie.
    3. max702
      max702 20 August 2013 13: 08
      By the way! why weren't films made about such vivid episodes of the war? What does it have to do with not only now, but under the USSR? Then they didn’t spare any money for propaganda, but here such excellent material, it seems to me that even then the “fifth liberalistic column” was already sitting deeply buried and shitting as best it could ..
      1. Denis
        Denis 20 August 2013 14: 44
        Then different
        Quote: Iraclius
        And they were presented. Kolobanov and artilleryman Usov. The division commander signed the documents. But some of the headquarters of the Leningrad Front reduced the awards to the Orders of Lenin and the Red Banner. That same "some" appeared not for the first time
        Ideology so that it ...
        see above
  7. RBLip
    RBLip 20 August 2013 09: 42
    heavy tank, trained position, professional fearless crew - and immediately the fascists washed themselves with blood. I can’t understand why the crew of heroes was not given.
    1. solomon
      solomon 20 August 2013 10: 58
      And they were introduced. Kolobanov and gunner Usov. Division Commander signed documents. But some from the headquarters of the Leningrad Front reduced the awards to the orders of Lenin and the Red Banner.

      After the words "some kind of"missing the word that you thought.
      1. Iraclius
        Iraclius 20 August 2013 11: 27
        The site engine has a built-in censor that does not miss obscene language. I wrote a word denoting a human louse in vernacular. The censor did not publish it. request
    2. stix99
      stix99 20 August 2013 11: 07
      All tank crew members were represented by the regiment commander Pogodin to the rank of Heroes of the Soviet Union, but not one received the rank. The question of assigning Zinovy ​​Grigoryevich Kolobanov the highest award of Russia - Hero of the Russian Federation - was initiated by Vasily Monich, who, at his own expense, erected a memorial monument to the tankman at the Chizhov cemetery in Minsk in 2006. This issue has been repeatedly and unsuccessfully raised by various veteran organizations, and once again in June 2011, the Legislative Assembly of St. Petersburg on July 15, 2011, the head of the Main Personnel Department of the Ministry of Defense appealed to Lieutenant Colonel Z. G. Kolobanov (posthumously) Colonel-General V.P. Goremykin refused to award Zinoviy Kolobanov the title of Hero of Russia, considering the award unreasonable: "At present, question and review the decision to award Z. G. Kolobanov, as well as determine the motives that guided the higher command when changing the look rewards to the officer are not possible. ” WHAT ELSE YOU CAN EXPECT FROM A COUNTRY THAT ALREADY 72 YEARS NOT RECOGNIZING ITS HEROES !!!!!
    3. Jin
      Jin 20 August 2013 12: 13
      Quote: RBLip
      I can’t understand why the crew of heroes was not given

      Order of the Red Banner of War, the highest of military orders, according to that classification.
      1. govoruha-otrok
        govoruha-otrok 20 August 2013 15: 25
        there was no such order. Simple - Red Banner
        1. Iraclius
          Iraclius 20 August 2013 15: 31
          That's right. In addition, he was the highest only until the 1930 year, until they approved the Order of Lenin.
        2. Homeless
          Homeless 20 August 2013 15: 44
          It was! There was the Order of the Red Banner of War and there was the Order of the Red Banner of Labor
          1. Iraclius
            Iraclius 20 August 2013 15: 58
            They called him differently. The correct name is the Order of the Red Banner or the Order of the Red Banner.
  8. omsbon
    omsbon 20 August 2013 09: 52
    Glorious battle, glorious crew! The great feat of 1941, then these victories were so necessary.
    This summer I visited the battlefield, took a photo.
    The memory of the feat of tank warriors must be preserved for many, many years!
  9. Iraclius
    Iraclius 20 August 2013 09: 53
    Incidentally, this battle cost a career to Lieutenant General Franz Landgraf, who was removed from command of the 6th German Panzer Division after the August 19 battle and was appointed Erhard Raus.
    Still - such a blitzkrieg was planned, and then these KV and snipers Kolobanov with Spiller!
    The number of hits on the tank is shocking - after the battle, over 100 marks were counted.
    I can’t imagine how they fought - there are multiple shell shocks. what
    1. solomon
      solomon 20 August 2013 11: 20
      after the battle, over 100 marks were counted

      To be more precise - 156 !!! marks.
    2. Poppy
      Poppy 20 August 2013 15: 57
      so the German guns could not penetrate the armor of the KV, and there were no anti-aircraft guns in the column
  10. zmey_gadukin
    zmey_gadukin 20 August 2013 10: 37
    A good car ... a good crew and as a result 22 enemy tanks.
  11. stix99
    stix99 20 August 2013 11: 02
    Z. G. Kolobanov about the military battle

    I was often asked: was it scary? But I am a military man, I received an order to stand to death. And this means that the enemy can go through my position only when I will not be alive. I accepted the order for execution, and I didn’t and didn’t have any “fears”.

    ... I regret that I can not describe the battle sequentially. After all, the commander sees primarily the crosshairs of the sight. ... Everything else is continuous breaks and cries of my guys: “Hurray!”, “Burning!”. The sense of time was completely lost. How long is the battle, I did not imagine.

    Various contemporaries and researchers speak highly of the “military battle”, emphasizing the originality and high professionalism of Z. G. Kolobanov and his crew.

    I. B. Shpiller, former commander of the 1st Tank Battalion of the 1st Tank Regiment of the 1st Tank Division

    I remembered the day of August 19 for life. It was at first a very disturbing day for us. However, it was he who brought the joy of victory. Kolobanova’s tank company honorably complied with the order of the command - to stand still and not miss the enemy to Leningrad ...

    When I informed the division headquarters about the defeat of the fascist tank column, they did not believe it at first. The commander of the tank division Baranov ordered me to repeat the message and, after the battle, personally arrive at the headquarters with a written report.

    Journalist I. B. Lisochkin, 1992

    Impossible. Incredible. It is unthinkable. Pick up any other word for an event or fact that does not fit into the framework of the human imagination, and it will be fair.

    Nevertheless, during his lifetime the feat of the tankman Z. G. Kolobanov did not receive his recognition.

    Journalist I. B. Lisochkin

    In any country in the world for what Kolobanov did, a person should have been granted all the highest orders, incentives, promotions. Why was he not given a Hero? I understand what they had to give him. The fact that he and his crew were not awarded the Golden Stars, from my point of view, is an incredible injustice. Why was not awarded? When Baranov reported to the front commander and political workers who were there that Kolobanov deserved the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, he was told: “What are you? He just got out of prison. Discredited our army on the Finnish front. " soldier THERE IS NO PROPHET IN OUR FATHERLAND !!!!!
  12. USNik
    USNik 20 August 2013 11: 10
    Quote: Iraclius
    When some "experts" tell me "Hauptmann Wittmann, Villers-Bocage, Tiger tank - 11 enemy tanks", then I tell them "Senior Lieutenant Zinovy ​​Kolobanov, Northern Front, KV-1 tank - 22 enemy tanks, - go all ... ".
    Thank you, Zinovy ​​Grigorievich. And a deep bow to your entire crew.

    I am joining! But besides this, Wittman attacked the Shermans who were stationed at a stand, 6-8 of them had no crew, or he was not full, and Kolobanov fought with the convoy on the march! There is a difference!
  13. solomon
    solomon 20 August 2013 11: 48
    The poet Alexander Gitovich wrote the poem Tanker Zinovy ​​Kolobanov.

    "It was all like this:
    In harsh silence
    It’s a heavy tank
    Disguised in fishing line
    Enemies are mobbed
    Iron idols,
    But takes the fight
    Zinovy ​​Kolobanov.
    And through the breaks rumble
    The world is looking at the plain
    Where is the senior lieutenant
    He led the car to battle.
    He beats enemies in a row
    As a hero epic
    Around him lie
    Crashed cars,
    Already twenty-two
    As the storm swept away
    They are lying in the grass
    Scraps of metal ... "
  14. deman73
    deman73 20 August 2013 11: 49
    Eternal glory and memory to heroes !! That's about these people need to make a movie and show on all channels.
  15. denson06
    denson06 20 August 2013 12: 06
    It would seem, judging by the photographs of KV-1 and Pz.III, it’s not realistic ... this cannot be .. but it did! Thanks to them .. and a deep bow to these people and technology .. as well as to the people who made this technology .. Eternal memory to the Heroes!
    1. spd2001
      spd2001 20 August 2013 12: 18
      why is it unreal ?! Is quite real. Reinforced armor, 76 mm cannon, ambush against the maximum reservation of the troika - 30 mm, its 37 and 50 mm. guns in the open. Quite. Valuable is the fact itself - the number of tanks on both sides, as well as the presence of the German anti-tank missile system against losses.
  16. spd2001
    spd2001 20 August 2013 12: 10
    Quote: stix99
    “What are you? He just got out of prison. Discredited our army on the Finnish front "
    Then everything is clear. When I saw Kolobanov's award list, I immediately thought of the Red Army from the age of 38, but only a lieutenant. Well. I don't think he started as an officer. Then - stop, a photo on the eve of the Winter War - lieutenant. The title of Hero of the Soviet Union was not easy to earn, sometimes the past got in the way. In this regard, the Hero of Russia is simpler, there are "Caucasian witnesses" to that. I don’t remember before that I heard about Kolobanov. But I've heard about Wittmann. Here's propaganda for you. Sad ...
    1. Ka-52
      Ka-52 20 August 2013 13: 56
      Here you have propaganda. Sad ...

      Play tanks! good

      And in terms of propaganda, yes in the West it was strong, but in the USSR it was not worse. There were circumstances, a convicted tankman + a "rear rat" of political workers, shaking by his balls, + 20 years after the collapse of the USSR, where everything Soviet fell and the western was exalted. So much for the result.
      1. spd2001
        spd2001 20 August 2013 14: 32
        Quote: Ka-52
        Play tanks! good

    2. max702
      max702 22 August 2013 21: 00
      I heard about this battle in early Soviet childhood, whether in school in primary school, or even earlier, I see a book with color pictures as I see now, a tank on a hill on a tower rooted up and the Germans on the road through a swamp, though names and surnames weren’t I only remembered that the tank was HF, then the tankman’s grandfather asked what kind of tank it was, and in Novorossiysk, on a small ground, he climbed on HF with great difficulty a healthy machine and very.
  17. Vadim2013
    Vadim2013 20 August 2013 12: 26
    Glory and eternal memory to the heroes of 1941, who proved that well-trained and trained Soviet tankers beat dozens of vaunted German tanks. It's a shame that the crew of senior lieutenant Zinovy ​​Grigoryevich Kolobanov was not awarded properly ..
  18. KEKS44
    KEKS44 20 August 2013 14: 01
    Tanks, even the best, are just iron. The main thing is who is fighting on these tanks. Thanks to people like Art. Lieutenant Kolobanov and won the war! Thank you so much
  19. mithridate
    mithridate 20 August 2013 14: 01
    suppressing such feats is a direct betrayal of both the memory of the ancestors and the interests of the state
    1. Iraclius
      Iraclius 20 August 2013 15: 23
      As long as there are sites such as Voennoye Obozreniye and some others, as well as the Soviet historiographic school, no one will be forgotten.
      My children will know exactly the heroic names of Kolobanov, Shpiller, Pokryshkin, Matrosov, Kozhedub and further on the list! good
      And the fact that venal skins from the mass media are removed by vysers like "masterpieces" of N. Mikhalkov - so be it. So it will be more contrasting. These are temporary workers.
      They will always remember Kolobanov, but who will remember the temporary workers for what?
  20. kadet54
    kadet54 20 August 2013 14: 48
    The crew is well done. Classic ambush. A trained crew, an excellent car at that time, a tactically competent decision. Result - 22 enemy tanks destroyed.
  21. Bosk
    Bosk 20 August 2013 15: 08
    In skillful hands, this tank was terrifying to the Germans ... it is sad that our ART-CREATORS point blank do not want to notice such episodes of the Second World War, give them everything ugly and ugly something and so much blood ... and blood naturally from ours side.
  22. soldier's grandson
    soldier's grandson 20 August 2013 16: 06
    cool guys were, it’s not Boomer and the Brigade for you, to cut so many equipment and enemies into minced meat
  23. gerafak
    gerafak 20 August 2013 16: 20
    It's a shame that most of the KV tanks we basically ingloriously lost in the summer of 41. It turns out: add. armor, shoot from an ambush, train the crew more or less and everything ingenious is simple!
    1. Kars
      Kars 20 August 2013 16: 24
      Quote: gerafak
      It's a shame that most of the KV tanks we basically ingloriously lost in the summer of 41. It turns out: add. armor, shoot from an ambush, train the crew more or less and everything ingenious is simple!

      If only it were that simple.
      1. spd2001
        spd2001 20 August 2013 16: 39
        Tigers burned no worse. Like any other tanks. Not the tank itself. To win, it is necessary that many factors are observed, plus banal luck.
    2. spd2001
      spd2001 20 August 2013 16: 36
      a little easier. As far as I know, add. the armor was used on the KV-1 in connection with German misinformation that the newest heavy tanks would be used by the Germans on the eastern front. But, for that period of time, "even the standard booking of the KV-1, in principle, was redundant" (C).
    3. Denis
      Denis 20 August 2013 17: 16
      Quote: gerafak
      It's a shame that in the summer of the 41st we mostly ingloriously lost most of the KV tanks. It turns out: add. armor
      Not so simple
      There were a lot of non-combat losses, often out of the way they just threw
      Almost all reputable print sources recognize the low reliability of the transmission as a whole as one of the most significant shortcomings of the KV series tanks and vehicles based on it.
      And it’s so hard, and there’s still extra armor
      The transmission disease was corrected later, on IS
      1. spd2001
        spd2001 20 August 2013 17: 34
        In this case, the crew had a death order. The transmission issue was resolved in a radical way - dug in "to the tonsils" and movement only to the second line. They managed to stop the advance of the column - they received an order to leave the position, they would not have stopped, everyone would have stayed there. A special case. And, the sore KV-1 is correctly indicated by you. The tank was damp.
        1. Denis
          Denis 20 August 2013 17: 40
          Quote: spd2001
          In this case, the crew was ordered to death
          Then indisputably! They kept approaches to Peter!
          And so the armor was in the first period of the War, even in abundance
          In order to eliminate numerous complaints in the summer of 1942, the tank was modernized. By reducing the thickness of the armor, the mass of the car decreased. Various major and minor flaws were eliminated, including blindness (a commander’s turret was installed). The new version was called KV-1s.
          The creation of the KV-1s was a justifiable step in the conditions of the unsuccessful first stage of the war. However, this step only brought the HF closer to medium tanks. The army did not receive a full-fledged (by later standards) heavy tank, which would be very different from the average in terms of combat power. Such a step could be the armament of the tank with an 85 mm cannon. But things didn’t go further than experiments, as the usual 76-mm tank guns in 1941-1942 fought easily with any German armored vehicles, and there was no reason to strengthen the armament.
          This is about KV-1s, high-speed
  24. igordok
    igordok 20 August 2013 16: 37
    The 1 tank division was part of the 1 mechanized corps and was located in Pskov. On June 17 of 1941 of the year (for 5 days before the war) it was expelled from the 1MK, sent by train to Karelia (in a secondary direction).
    With the outbreak of war, the remaining units of 1МК were sent to Krasnogvardeisk (Gatchina) under their own power (they lost some equipment). The 1 motorized division was withdrawn from 163МК. By early July, the 1MK was a command, the 3-th tank division without one battalion, motorized rifle regiment and anti-aircraft battalion, and the 5-th motorcycle regiment without two companies. And this MEKKORPUS was ordered to return back to Pskov.
    History has no subjunctive mood, but nevertheless, if the 1MK were left in the Pskov area, where it could take up defenses on the Stalin Line (practically empty) and allow 41SK to take up the defenses, much would be different. Perhaps Kolobanov Z.G. would destroy more enemies.
  25. Molotov
    Molotov 20 August 2013 16: 51
    Quote: Kars
    If only it were that simple.

    this is a tablet to the heroes of the battle of Rasseniai, when 1 tank kept the defense in the open field
    1. baton140105
      baton140105 20 August 2013 18: 48
      And one warrior in the field .... Bright memory to them ..
  26. gerafak
    gerafak 20 August 2013 22: 53
    It is clear that not everything is simple. The main reason for the defeats in the summer of 41 was not in the quality of our tanks, but in the root of the wrong pre-war strategy (to defeat the enemy on his land, an attack with a saber is better than a competent defense), command errors, general confusion, etc. etc. The thing is that without creating tens of thousands of new tanks, with the existing one it was possible to defeat the Germans.
    The history of the subjunctive mood does not like, it’s understandable, only we need to learn from the mistakes of the past, because sloppiness, confusion and just a mess in our army and now unfortunately there is a place to be ...
  27. Wynd
    Wynd 21 August 2013 13: 52
    I remember that back in my school years I learned about this feat from such a large book (A4 format, the name seems to be 1418 days). Well, you imagine what effect this story had on me.
    Glory and Eternal memory to Heroes. "Heroes, not us ...".
  28. Bugor
    Bugor 21 August 2013 18: 11
    Imagine the condition of the crew after the battle?
    We got out on the armor, smoked, looked at the big fire from the column, and for sure, there was such a thought:
    "LIFE IS GOOD". Honestly, I envy ...
  29. Des10
    Des10 21 August 2013 21: 20
    Thanks for the article, memory.
    I’ll read it to my son.
  30. Cristall
    Cristall 22 August 2013 23: 38
    I found out about the hero a long time ago (I watched a lot of videos about the war on YouTube) and it seems like many times where it was said about him.
    Even in the disaver’s and biblical videos about the eastern front, material slipped (if not about it, then about the cases when the Panzerwaffe could not get through the HF and about this ambush, but without names, which is sad, however, and Wittman, as if telling stories, just beat them up.)
    Heroic crew-what to say, bow to them, strength and honor