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Our Marines in Chechnya

Our Marines in ChechnyaWe continue to publish materials about our fellow countrymen participating in the first Chechen campaign. Today, our story about the marine, who was fortunate enough to return home alive and unharmed. For the Chechen war, he received a soldier’s medal “For Courage”. And that's all. There are only memories that are enough for the whole book. Just write it from our countryman Sergei Ovechkin, there is neither strength nor special desire ...

When Serge came to serve in the 55th division of the Pacific Marine Corps fleetthen very happy. He, like most peers, believed: being a marine is prestigious. Got a military specialty - driver mechanic tank...

But suddenly the news came about the direction to Chechnya. Right on the landfill reported this company. At first, our countryman was very surprised: the marines are not intended for land war! Then he presented the possible consequences of a military trip, and he felt uneasy. In part, there was confusion, close to panic. From all over the Pacific Fleet they drove the personnel there.

At several o'clock the young men who had previously served on warships and submarines in parts of the sea became marines aviation. Many of them held a machine gun in their hands only while taking the oath ... An acute shortage of personnel led to the fact that after the formation of the 165th "Chechen" regiment, other parts of the fleet practically lost their combat effectiveness.

A new, 1995, year, met without much joy. They drank juice, ate oranges, remembered the house and loved ones. The guys understood that for some this New Year's meeting would be the last. They passed a commission - doctors meticulously examined candidates for war.

Some tried to kill, but these were a minority. “I must say that no one was forcibly driven into Chechnya. During a special interview, anyone could refuse. There were five percent. Among the refusers was a large group of officers. ”

Sergey was transferred to another company, appointed assistant grenade launcher. Now he was required to carry a bag with three shots to the RPG-7. His colleague also had almost no idea of ​​what was entrusted to him. weapons. In early January, when fierce street battles were fought in Grozny, the marines left for the training ground. For 10 days of stay there they had to fill in all the gaps in preparation. From machine guns and machine guns it was possible to shoot as much as you want - they did not spare cartridges. In addition to automatic weapons, Serge trained in shooting from RPGs. He liked the grenade launcher. So gradually, former sailors acquired the necessary skills, but they were still far from real professionalism.

The first military clashes in Chechnya were remembered by Sergey by the fact that the shootings took place at distances of at least 400 meters. That is, neither they nor the Chechens could really see each other. At the same time crazy shooting was carried out. Very rescued tanks. They attached T-80 from the Kantemirovskaya division to their company. The tank guys knew their business well. Once, the Chechens opened fire on the house where the sailors were housed from a two-story structure standing opposite. We tried to cover the militants with a grenade launcher, but the grenades ricocheted and went to the side. The point in this exchange of fire put the tank, covered by the crew in the garage at home. One shot - and dvuhetazhka turned into ruins. The bricks scattered from the explosion were red-hot.

T-72B1 in the suburb of Grozny

Serega does not consider entering tanks in Grozny a mistake. If not for the T-72 and the T-80, the feds would have had a hard time. The tanks covered the infantry with their armor, supported it with fire. There were many cases when, only thanks to the support of tankers, the outcome of the battle was decided in favor of the Russian troops.

Sergei had to be in the assault groups. The case is very dangerous. During the capture of one of the five-story building, they came across a group of Chechens. The clash was sudden for both ours and the militants. The battle lasted a few minutes, it is almost impossible to restore its chronology - but ours lost three soldiers. The grenade throwers of their unit beat not only at the snipers, machine-gun points - they had to open fire on Dudayev’s armored vehicles. They shot down a tank and two armored personnel carriers.

As Sergey confesses, you lose the sense of time in a war. Sometimes it seems that you have been here for ages. And gradually you get used to the idea that you can be killed. You don’t come to this right away - in about a month. And when the sounds of artillery preparation are not audible over the positions, it becomes disturbing at heart.

And in general, war has little in common with film fighters, with cinematic romance. In fact, this is a difficult and routine exercise, devoid of any meaning. Because everything was bought and predetermined by some greedy officials sitting in Moscow offices and earning money from the blood of Russian soldiers.
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  1. bairat
    bairat 28 November 2013 08: 38
    Because everything was bought and predetermined by some greedy officials sitting in Moscow offices and earning money from the blood of Russian soldiers.

    Not by any means, but by quite definite ones: Berezovsky, Soskovets, Rybkin. This betrayal must not be forgotten, the time will come and the authorities will conduct a detailed investigation, the current authorities are apparently not ready to do this.
    1. Baron Wrangell
      Baron Wrangell 28 November 2013 08: 49
      Quote: bairat
      the time will come and the authorities will conduct a detailed investigation, the current authorities are apparently not yet ready to do this

      bodies will not be engaged in this, unfortunately.
      A respect for the marines and thank you for being there!
      1. bairat
        bairat 28 November 2013 08: 57
        Well, not the authorities, so at least historians will unearth and sort through the participation of each of the defendants in this scam. That historical event in itself is a great one, but while the proteges are sitting in power and Berezovsky’s fodder will remain taboo on this subject.
        1. Letterksi
          Letterksi 28 November 2013 10: 15
          yeah ... then they will write a single textbook that in the Chechen wars they fought for ... the sales market. betraying the memory of a Russian soldier
          1. builder
            builder 28 November 2013 14: 57
            Quote: LetterKsi
            yeah ... then they will write a single textbook that in the Chechen wars they fought for ... the sales market. betraying the memory of a Russian soldier

            Yes, they will write ...
        2. George
          George 28 November 2013 12: 06
          Quote: bairat
          they will unearth and sort out the participation of each of the defendants in this scam.

          I propose to remove the word participation.
    2. Heccrbq.3
      Heccrbq.3 28 November 2013 09: 20
      The current authorities are anointed with the above for the most reluctant, and therefore no one will investigate anything.
    3. tilovaykrisa
      tilovaykrisa 29 November 2013 14: 27
      The birch has already been cut down, and the hands of the devils from hell will also be taken away from the cabin and the boob.
  2. Stiletto
    Stiletto 28 November 2013 09: 10
    Thanks to all the brothers for covering each other. And damn those bablosos who "covered" each other, trading the lives of our guys.
    1. unclevad
      unclevad 28 November 2013 14: 10
      Yes, and now they cover it. There, Serdyukov got a job at Russian Technologies, it’s clear that everything has already been seized in Nanotechnologies and there are no places. It remains now only to say goodbye to Russian technology.
      Marines again with the past holiday! Health and success!
  3. Sirozha
    Sirozha 28 November 2013 10: 17
    Hmm, I just got into the taste of reading, and the article is already over! :( In my opinion, it is unfinished.
  4. vvp2412
    vvp2412 28 November 2013 11: 28
    The introduction of tanks was not a mistake! Their application was erroneous, allowing one to shoot armored vehicles point-blank and from above. In the second campaign, they already acted on the basis of the experience gained.
    1. Starina_hank
      Starina_hank 28 November 2013 18: 32
      Have you gained experience in the use of tanks in the city long before the year 95, that Mercedes Pasha did not read textbooks on tactics? Just preparing a gift for ebeldos for the New Year!
  5. ed65b
    ed65b 28 November 2013 11: 31
    general phrases without specifics. Without a doubt, I pay tribute to the marines and courage and heroism of the marines and all the guys of all the armed forces who have defended the unity of Russia in the Caucasus. hi soldier
  6. George
    George 28 November 2013 12: 17
    Thank you for the article.
  7. Argon
    Argon 28 November 2013 13: 29
    The terrible paradox of war in the city is that the key to success, and often the survival of the unit, lies in the fact that not armor covers a person, but a person's armor. Plus article, I'm interested in reading any "testimonies" of non-invasive participants.
  8. Romanychby
    Romanychby 28 November 2013 14: 29
    I consider everyone who fought as real men. And may God forgive the bureaucrats who betrayed the guys.
    1. fzr1000
      fzr1000 28 November 2013 15: 26
      God forgive, but the devil will take over.
    2. lesnik
      lesnik 30 November 2013 00: 14
      you can’t forgive them and let them rot by themselves; this is TV.
  9. cth; fyn
    cth; fyn 28 November 2013 16: 08
    Among the refuseniks was a large group of officers. ”

    From my own experience I was convinced that there are Officers, and there are jackals ... jackals unfortunately the majority.
    1. Vidok
      Vidok 28 November 2013 20: 17
      A large group is not the majority. Sympathize with you. Not an enviable experience. He served in an urgent military school, in the officer rank and in officer command positions until retirement. “Jackals” are enough, but they are still in the minority.
      1. Aleks tv
        Aleks tv 28 November 2013 21: 47
        Quote: Vidok
        “Jackals” are enough, but they are still in the minority.

        THERE, in "work" ??? - Yes, they are outnumbered.
        In PPD - ... in different ways. It all depends on the unit itself and the officers themselves ...
        The crash in the units occurred when the officers' backbone of the "Soviet" leaven ceased ... ahem, how can I say this without a mat ... I'll try to control the life situation of the Military Unit.
  10. Krilion
    Krilion 28 November 2013 16: 34
    article in three lines ... nothing .. the topic is not disclosed and 1% ...
    1. Aleks tv
      Aleks tv 28 November 2013 18: 04
      Quote: Krilion
      three-line article ... nothing ..

      Any memories are valuable ...

      Write your own if the "topic" in the article is not covered.
      I am without arrivals, so simple.
  11. Walking
    Walking 28 November 2013 17: 31
    Everything is as usual, the war began and again, as in 1941, sailors were decommissioned from ships into the Marine Corps, history repeats itself.
  12. Aleks tv
    Aleks tv 28 November 2013 17: 49
    In fact, this is a difficult and routine lesson, devoid of any meaning.

    There is such a letter .......................................

    Thank you for the article.
    165-th assembly regiment ...
    There was also 106, also a combined team, if I am not mistaken ...

    Photos lie somewhere, clicked in the spring of 95 of Argun ...

  13. T-55
    T-55 28 November 2013 20: 05
    I am a tanker myself. But on Sakhalin, T-55 and T-54, and we were taught to fight in the field. But we had a senior l-nationality Dargin arrived in a place with us young from cantemation. How he drove a tank !!!!! Our battalion commander already pulled up a hat on the back of his head. So the Kantemirov guys knew their job, I believe. Glory to them !!! And the memory of the victims ETERNAL !!!!
  14. bistrov.
    bistrov. 28 November 2013 21: 31
    Yes, as it has little to do with the great Patriotic war. A war on its territory. That is what the USA and Europe sought from us. And we went on their occasion. Yes, this is not enough to crucify Yeltsin!
  15. wandlitz
    wandlitz 28 November 2013 21: 32
    In fact, this is a difficult and routine lesson, devoid of any meaning.
    The idea that war is just hard work, with an endless term of this work. It occurred to me during the training camp at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant. Of course, they didn’t shoot there, nor did anyone die in front of colleagues, but the situation, as it were, put pressure on the psyche. And one day I thought, but after all, war is like the work that we are doing - there is a lot of work, and when we finish, no one knows
  16. Garri rubin
    Garri rubin 28 November 2013 21: 54
    It’s a pity for the guys who honestly performed their duty to the Motherland, whose fruits of military labor were used by people with a completely different worldview
  17. I am a Russian
    I am a Russian 29 November 2013 10: 15
    Thank you for the article!
  18. kopcan
    kopcan 30 November 2013 08: 49
    It would be interesting to read about Yurginskaya 74 mbr, I read a book by Mironov, I would also like to read the memoirs of the participants
  19. ffylh
    ffylh 4 December 2013 20: 34
    On about January 10, 1995, our unit was withdrawn from Chechnya (loss), we were going in a convoy towards Beslan, and a column of guys in black overcoats and pea jackets was meeting us !!! Marines from the Pacific Fleet !!! Shock for us !!! Dipped!
    And the second war, we talked already with the guys from the Caspian!