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What do children know about their great-grandfathers

I really hope that you, dear readers of the Military Review, will not bypass the children's revelations and precious memories of their families. Because it is written from the heart, and the guys are very important that their impulse was appreciated.


Although in June 1941, my great-grandfather Patra Vasilyevich Gribakov turned only twenty-two years old, he was already the head of a solid family, raised three daughters and cared about his own farm.

Great-grandfather went to the front in the early days of our global misfortune. Although the great-grandmother hoped for luck and happiness, she knew the character of Pyotr Vasilyevich - always be in the heat. And so she was very afraid, did not sleep at night, waiting for the postman. But luck seemed to protect Pyotr Vasilyevich. For almost four years he was a gunner in the guards tank brigade and never got injured. Even from the terrible crochet near Stalingrad came out unscathed.

What do children know about their great-grandfathersAll over Russia, the soldier Gribakov walked and rode, freeing her from the Nazis. But October 15 1944 happened what great-grandmother was so afraid of: a bullet hit him in Poland. The death of my great-grandfather was seen by his close comrade, who himself buried the soldier Peter Vasilyevich on the battlefield and installed a rifle instead of a monument.

Funeral postman read aloud to the family and neighbors of Peter Vasilyevich. Great-grandmother did not marry a second time, raised children alone.

Ruslan Tomilin from Lipetsk.


when I was not yet a schoolgirl, but was only going to go to the first grade, I carefully considered the family album and suddenly I saw a black and white picture of a young man in military uniform with a child in her arms. I didn't know this man. And she began to ask her grandmother about him. It turned out that my dad's grandfather, Nikolai Dmitrievich Krylov. Unfortunately, my grandmother told me a little about him that day. To find out more, we went together to my great-grandmother Vale, his wife. And that's what they found out.

Nikolai Dmitrievich was born on August 3 1928 in the village of Bolshoi Vyaz, Penza Region. Surname Krylov means "take off". So great-grandfather dreamed of flying.

When the war began, he was still a teenager - only thirteen years old. Many countrymen from his village became pilots. And Nikolay, of course, was not taken to the front, although he went to the military registration and enlistment office many times. I had to wait for three years. And in 1944, he entered the military-technical school of the city of Bataysk, Rostov region. Nikolay wanted to fight, therefore, having graduated from external studies, he left for the Belorussian front. He served as a technician in the assault squadron, and it seems to me that something was similar to the famous Makarych - the hero of the film “Only old men” go to battle, the role of which was brilliantly played by the actor Smirnov.

Once a padded plane landed on the airfield, there was a seriously wounded pilot in it. It was impossible to delay. A few more minutes - and the car would have exploded with the man. Great-grandfather rushed to the burning plane. He pulled the pilot, but did not manage to carry him far away, as the explosion was heard. The pilot was still alive, and Nikolai Dmitrievich was seriously injured.

After the war, great-grandfather served at the military airport of the city of Lipetsk. Once there was an accident, Nikolai Dmitrievich was wounded again. Because of this, he soon began to lose his sight, and his commission.

Great-grandfather did not become a pilot. He only approached the sky, but he did not fly. But he did not spare the strength to fly others. And he named his firstborn Valery - in honor of the famous Valery Chkalov.

Katya Krylova, Lipetsk.


1941 year. Our soldiers are going to the front from the village of Teploe, Lebedyansky district. Around them are wives, sisters, mothers, children. The mood, of course, sad. And suddenly the seven-year-old Kolya Nenakhov joins the fighters. And obviously going to leave them to fight the fascists.

- Where are you, lad? The soldiers asked the boy.
- Fritz beat!
- A weapon you have?
- And how! Two slingshots.
“I suppose Mother doesn't know that you ran away?”
- Does not know. I told her that I would be back in the evening.
- Why in the evening?
- So the war will end
Of course, everyone laughed and sent Kolya home. Since then, the village began to say: "If Nenakhov is with us, the war will end quickly." But the war, unfortunately, was very long.

Once in the forest, not far from the village, Kohl found a wounded soldier. The soldier was so weak that he could not walk. And it was impossible to leave him - the first snow had already fallen, frost had hit, the fighter would freeze. And then my future great-grandfather built something like a sledge from the branches and dragged the fighter to the village.
The fighter (his name was also Nikolai) recovered and went to the front again. And to his savior, Kolya Nenakhov, he left a pouch for memory. This great-grandfather's cigarette kept all his life and gave to his grandson, my dad.

Kolya Nenakhov never escaped to the front. And he was very sad that he did not succeed in forging a single fascist. But he was comforted by the fact that his adult friend Nikolai did it for him.

Liza Nenakhova, Lebedyan.


When the war began, my great-grandfather, Boris Grigorievich Gorsky, had just graduated from the Moscow Military Engineering School. He was appointed commander of the sapper company and sent to Kharkov. He participated in the defense of Kiev, was surrounded, but by a miracle with the remnants of the fighters he made his way to his own.

Throughout the war, great-grandfather served in the engineer-engineering forces. He became the commander of the pontoon battalion, and he celebrated Victory Day in Odessa. But the war for him was not over. Boris Grigorievich was sent to Marseilles, where he freed and returned to his homeland our soldiers who were captured in German.

After the war, great-grandfather worked in the construction industry. And even at ninety years old, Boris Grigorievich did not lose his strength to life. He loved sports, chess, books, was interested in politics, went fishing. Why, he even drove his own car!

Natasha Belanovskaya, Lipetsk.


And my great-grandfather, Fedor Ignatov, served as a driver at the front. Once he drove to the headquarters of the Don Front two doctors. One of them had an attack of appendicitis. The road was coming far, it was necessary to get to the headquarters as soon as possible. And then an operation is urgently needed (it turned out that the soldier had been bad for several days already), and there is no place to stop!

“Do the surgery right in the back,” said great-grandfather. - I will drive the car so quietly that you will not even feel it. And if I do not keep my word, cut off my right hand with a scalpel.
- How can you quietly drive the car if there are potholes around?
- See, there is no other way out.

I had to obey my great-grandfather. The doctor did the operation successfully, because the car really did not shake - so skillfully the chauffeur drove it! When the second doctor came to his senses, he asked if it was true that the car was driving all the time. And he said that he would never have believed it if they had not arrived at headquarters before the appointed hour.

Vanya Rostovshchikov, Usman
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  1. ovod84
    ovod84 1 March 2016 06: 58 New
    My grandfather fought in Hungary in 1944, was one of those who took Berlin, great-grandfather worked as a postmaster during the war, his grandfather died in Russian Turkish near Kars in 1877, the Turks crushed, he found out about it accidentally when he discovered an Arabic inscription on a gravestone grandfathers on the other hand.
  2. Sirocco
    Sirocco 1 March 2016 07: 24 New
    My grandfather fought near Kharkov, artillery, gunner gunner. In the same place in the 42nd he was captured and until the spring of the 45th he was in a concentration camp.
    Well, the grandfather of the wife was a noble fighter.
    What can I say, honor and praise to the feat of our grandfathers, who gave us a peaceful sky above our heads. We would not put to shame their honor and feat.
  3. parusnik
    parusnik 1 March 2016 07: 28 New
    Excellent works ... sparkling ... from the soul ... thanks to them
    1. Sirocco
      Sirocco 1 March 2016 07: 57 New
      Quote: parusnik
      Excellent works ... sparkling ... from the soul ... thanks to them

      Well, if on the topic, then in most cases, children know little about the feat of our grandfathers. And then the breakthrough occurred thanks to last year's action Immortal Regiment.
      On the eve of May 9, I would conduct essays at school on the topic of my great-grandfather on the defense of the Motherland. Or something like that. I feel, if you do not occupy this niche, the white bellies will quickly take advantage of the void, we have a hot year ahead.
  4. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 1 March 2016 07: 37 New
    Having forgotten the past, we will not have a future .... both Grandfathers Alexei and Vasily fought in the Great Patriotic War - the first - the tankman from the first days and reached Berlin - the tankman. The second - in Cossack units - participated in the Victory Parade in Berlin. The Belarusian grandmother - partisanil - was a nurse in the partisan hospital - the Dubov team. Great-grandfather Laurus - 3 WARs include Finnish passed ........... the last volunteers in the Cossack units .......... and so I lead my kind from the 2 Volga Tersky Cossack Regiment. Thank you for the article Soulful!
  5. ilyaros
    ilyaros 1 March 2016 08: 26 New
    Good essay. I have fought both grandfathers. One went through the whole artillery war, commanded a battery, ended the war with a captain and participated in the Victory Parade on Red Square. After the war he moved to the troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs-MGB, served there, trashed Bandera. And then he went to work at the police. Another grandfather served in the navy, was the head of the diving service, participated in the war with Japan, for which even the Korean order received. Unfortunately, both of them are long gone. Died in 1991 and 1996's. Eternal memory to them and to all other heroes-war veterans. Unfortunately, modern children already know almost nothing about the war, about veterans.
  6. rusmat73
    rusmat73 1 March 2016 08: 32 New
    my grandfather to the Finnish rescuing the commander - pulling out a wound on himself (he tore a piece of meat from his leg, but dragged the commander), so he did not participate in the Second World War, brought Victory closer (like many others) while working in the factories of Izhevsk.
    In the USSR, all the old people were like relatives! I remember we pioneers took patronage over many veterans and helped all old people .... and now young people and not only even from a place in transport are afraid to stand up to give way to the old people ...
    it is necessary to raise CULTURE !!! RESPECT between us ...
    It’s nice to see how they help the old people, how they give way to women and the elderly in transport, they let them go ahead at the exit - the entrance ... help not only our own business, but also the rest to understand our example - this is our country and we live TOGETHER here.
    ALL health and well-being !!! hi
  7. Pavelmi
    Pavelmi 1 March 2016 09: 44 New
    My grandfather’s award sheet says that my grandfather volunteered to destroy the enemy’s machine gun crew located on the opposite side of the river channel. He swam and destroyed it, ensuring a successful crossing of the company. (Mor, Hungary). He was 21 years old.
  8. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 1 March 2016 09: 55 New
    The mouth of babies speaks truth.
    This is the value of such memories!
  9. DMB_95
    DMB_95 1 March 2016 10: 21 New
    And my grandfather didn’t shoot himself. They shot him every day. From June 41st he was a train engine driver for military echelons. Every day, convoys drove along the front line, and German planes chased them. It is forbidden to leave the engine, even if it is damaged. Grandfather, wounded and shell-shocked, only after his death was recognized as a Veteran of War in the 80s already.
  10. surovts.valery
    surovts.valery 1 March 2016 10: 49 New
    Quote: Pavelmi
    My grandfather’s award sheet says

    By the way, I recommend it if anyone has not yet visited the "People's feat" site. There are award lists and orders for awards (by division, corps). For example, I knew about my grandfather that he was an artilleryman, his rank, awards, where he fought, from his stories. And using the data from the award list (regiment, division, army, front) with the help of even the Internet, you can learn a lot of interesting things. For example, I remember my grandfather told me that in 1943, when he was transported to Novorossiysk by sea, their ship was bombed and he even had to swim in the cold Black Sea water. On the Internet, I found confirmation of this from the memoirs of his colleague in the artillery regiment published there. And by the date (description of the feat) indicated in the award list, with a great desire and patience, you can even find out everything, up to a specific battle, a specific military unit and unit.
    1. Proud.
      Proud. 1 March 2016 11: 19 New
      Quote: surovts.valery
      By the way, I recommend it if anyone has not yet visited the "People's Feat" site. There are award lists and orders for awards (by division, corps).

      I found there. Both grandfathers fought at me. One partisan in the Gomel forests. Died in 1983. Another came to Poland (commander of the foot reconnaissance platoon division). Died in 1982. Here is a photo of the award sheet, his first award (sorry for tautology):
    2. Anna Kirichuk
      Anna Kirichuk 1 March 2016 12: 07 New
      Yes, and I found information about my grandfathers on this site. I knew before that they fought what they were during the war, but the records from the award documents shocked! On my page here, I placed instead of my photograph my grandfather Kirichuk Nikolai Petrovich as a sign of my love and gratitude.
  11. mr.grin19z
    mr.grin19z 1 March 2016 10: 58 New
    my grandfather liberated the Crimea company commanded the war ended in Prague were comrades who were injured looking at him I saw that he had to go through a lot of injuries on his body and now again some pentuhi want to repeat the horror that our grandmothers survived grandfathers must not be allowed to trample the land of Bandera these orcs are necessary since our grandfathers drenched them
  12. Damask
    Damask 1 March 2016 12: 40 New
    Many thanks to the site The feat of the people, with the help of it many learned about the awards and exploits of their ancestors in the Great Patriotic War, although scarce information about military merit, but this is already something for our descendants
  13. Rakot
    Rakot 1 March 2016 15: 02 New
    My great-grandfather was part of the landing, landed on Malaya Zemlya and liberated the hero city of Novorossiysk. Eternal memory to all who then fought for us and won!
  14. ando_bor
    ando_bor 1 March 2016 18: 09 New
    And my great-grandfather was killed in Siberia in the 19th year, for organizing a strike on an iron mastiff.
  15. jurikberlin
    jurikberlin 1 March 2016 22: 30 New
    my great-grandfather (by mother) died in Polish captivity after, you give Warsaw, Tukhachevsky.
    and both grandfathers fought in the Second World War and survived. One was in the service in the technical service of the Baltic Fleet.
    loaded torpedoes into the submarine. the second was a cavalryman with Oka Ivanovich Gorodovikov.
    I’m trying to find out everything from my father’s great-grandfather. It’s very difficult. He is Crimean. In the occupation, all the archives were burned.
  16. shura7782
    shura7782 1 March 2016 23: 43 New
    Tsushima, coastal defense battleship Admiral Ushakov, my great-grandfather was in that battle. I'm proud of him. His award dagger and now serves in the Navy along with his great-great-grandchildren.