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He is a hero - that's all!

He is a hero - that's all!A combat commander - as colleagues call Boris KERIMBAEV - the legendary Kara-Major, who commanded the battalion of special forces of the 15-th separate brigade of the Main Intelligence Directorate of the General Staff of the USSR. For the head of Kara-Major, the field commander of the Dushmans Ahmad SHAH MASUD, who controlled the Panjshir Gorge in Afghanistan, promised a million dollars!

Much more the leader of the dushmans was ready to pay Kerimbaev personally - so that he would not put a barrier to his caravans with drugs and weapons. So Kara Major could become a dollar millionaire overnight. If it were not for his other values ​​- honor, duty, Motherland ...

... Recently, Boris Tokenovich underwent a difficult operation, and doctors recommended him complete rest. Now retired colonel Kerimbayev lives with his wife Raisa for a modest military pension in an apartment with a poor living environment. In connection with the deteriorating health of 68-year-old Boris Tokenovich stopped traveling to meetings with cadets and colleagues. But fighting friends often visit the battalion commander and support his family. Afghans say: such meetings allow the veteran to keep himself in good shape - in recent years, the wounds received during the war have troubled Kara-Major more and more often ...

While he was in the hospital, veterans of the Afghan war, well-known politicians, businessmen and generals (both current and retired) made a proposal to award the retired colonel Kerimbaev the title of Khalyk Khaarmany.

“We have a lot of worthy Afghan veterans, but Boris Tokenovich is the best among us,” says the First Deputy Chairman of the Afghan War Veterans Association, Hero of the Soviet Union Nikolai KREMENISH. - First of all, for him it will be a huge moral support. We fought, there were losses ... Surviving in that hell, we returned home and ... faced with injustice. The country became independent, and the first years were hurt when we were told: what kind of international duty we didn’t send you to this war ... And if today we don’t write this history the Afghan war, then tomorrow there will be no one to write it. I really want to be awarded - as long as the legendary Kara Major is alive ...

... Once, Major Kerimbaev was assigned a combat mission: he must take control of all 120 kilometers of the Panjshir Gorge in order to ensure the unimpeded movement of Soviet troops deep into Afghanistan. General staffers have established a clear time - 30 days. Ordered and ... forgot!

And just before the start of the special reconnaissance operation, Ahmad Shah Masood swore on the Koran before his thugs: they say that in just a month he would fry the last fighter of the special forces battalion (often this unit, headed by Boris Kerimbayev, was called the Muslim battalion). These words of the field commander spread all over Afghanistan: the local people knew that he was not throwing words to the wind. A special report was laid on the table by Marshal SOKOLOV, commander of a group of Soviet troops in Afghanistan. He summoned Kara Major and ordered: to keep the gorge at all costs for 30 days!

- We were thrown into the gorge, promised to withdraw in a month, but forgot. I had to run for eight months in Panjshir over the mountains and fight with Ahmad Shah Massoud. And all these months, while we were standing in Panjshir, on our way from the border of the Soviet Union to Kabul, which was controlled by Ahmad Shah, our columns were calm, - Kara-Major recalled this at a meeting with the cadets of the military school.

Kerimbaeva’s battalion, a little more than 500 bayonets, opposed Massoud’s huge army of militants. The field commander was perplexed: how did a handful of fighters-shuravi keep the gorge under control for almost a year ?! It was then that Ahmad Shah promised a million award for the head of Kara Major. But there were no traitors surrounded by the Kerimbaev battalion commander, and the spooks dubbed the Soviet major King Panjshir. The battalion fulfilled the combat mission, and the political leaders sent a show to Boris Kerimbayev - award the Order of Lenin and assign the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. But the battalion commander did not wait for the high award ... Upstairs they decided: if he had survived after the special operation - why reward? That would die the death of the brave ...

- Why posthumous ?! - Kremenish wonders today. - A person needs to appreciate while he is alive! Of course, all Afghans are upset that the Soviet authorities did not appreciate the exploits of Boris Tokenovich, although the decision to appoint him as a commander of the special forces battalion in 1981 was made in the Kremlin.

According to Nikolai Kremenish, a retired colonel Kerimbaev could have got a general's shoulder straps in Soviet times, if not for his character: Boris Kerimbaev was not only a brave commander, but also a cocky one. Without hesitation, he objected to any high-ranking officer of the General Staff, if he did not agree with the orders from the Moscow offices. But for his soldiers he was sick of his soul, he found the only necessary words for 18-year-old boys. He always said to them: “Sons, you are not cannon fodder!”

- Recently a veteran of the Afghan war, Bakhytbek SMAGUL, wrote the book “King of Panjshir”. In this book, the whole truth about the legendary combat, about his life before and after that terrible war. I myself fought for two years, before the deputy commander of the platoon was served. Honestly, that war became a real hell for the boys, who for the first time took up military weapons in their hands in 18 years. Many were killed in the first months, and if it were not for such commanders as Boris Tokenovich, believe me, there would be much more victims, - Nikolai Kremenish is sure.

... In one of the interviews, the legendary battalion commander Kerimbayev said: "All the boys who died in the war, -
heroes! What does it matter under what circumstances a soldier or officer died? He is a hero - that's all! ”
In the mouths of a living hero - King Panjshir - these words take on a special meaning ...
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  1. Bredovich705
    Bredovich705 30 March 2016 06: 30
    God bless the battalion commander!
    1. Lyton
      Lyton 30 March 2016 07: 17
      Yes, fighting man.
    2. self-propelled
      self-propelled 30 March 2016 09: 47
      Over the head of Kara-major, Dushman field commander Ahmad SHAH MASUD, who controlled the Panjshir Gorge in Afghanistan, promised a million dollars!
      The leader of the Dushmans was much more willing to pay Kerimbaev personally - so that he would not block his caravans with drugs and weapons.

      it is time to memorize already - RUSSIAN (regardless of nationality and religion, but Russian in spirit) DO NOT GIVE UP AND DO NOT BETTER !!!
      RUSSIAN SPIRIT will be worse than any nuclear potential!
      1. domokl
        domokl 30 March 2016 12: 20
        The Muslim battalion rattled then. The fighting men were really. And the battalion commander was just a beast. A worthy officer. Glory to such! Health and good luck battalion commander!
    3. Victor jnnjdfy
      Victor jnnjdfy 30 March 2016 13: 21
      There, where the hero of the story served, there is such an "interesting" structure: group-company-detachment-brigade. And where did the author of the article get the battalions and battalions from? ..
      1. Prisoner
        Prisoner 31 March 2016 21: 36
        What's the problem? 177 Special Forces detachment used to be the second battalion. So the battalion commander sounds quite reasonable. winked
  2. Volga Cossack
    Volga Cossack 30 March 2016 06: 45
    Worthy Man - Worthy Article !!!! Health and Respectful Bate! Thanks for the Statue!
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    2. bocsman
      bocsman 30 March 2016 10: 07
      Quote: Volga Cossack
      Worthy Man - Worthy Article !!!! Health and Respectful Bate! Thanks for the Statue!

      And curses on the heads of those who were in the nineties and later, tried to spoil their exploits !!!
      1. Black Colonel
        Black Colonel 30 March 2016 10: 45
        God will reward according to the deeds of the earth.
  3. aszzz888
    aszzz888 30 March 2016 06: 51
    Health and low bow!
  4. strelets
    strelets 30 March 2016 07: 01
    Thank you all for your feat. Good health and long life!
  5. Million
    Million 30 March 2016 07: 21
    Hero! What else to add ..
  6. parusnik
    parusnik 30 March 2016 07: 28
    Father ... what else can I say ... We also had a father ... Uncle Zhenya Yastrebov ... Thank you guys!
  7. V.ic
    V.ic 30 March 2016 07: 29
    Father Bat, it costs a lot!
  8. Yereke
    Yereke 30 March 2016 07: 50
    8 months instead of one month of the heart of Dushmans !!! A cool man and a human being that the boys saved !!
  9. Mangel olys
    Mangel olys 30 March 2016 08: 34
    Thank you for the article. Sincerely.
  10. Butchcassidy
    Butchcassidy 30 March 2016 08: 38
    The film must be shot.
    1. alpamys
      alpamys 30 March 2016 11: 01
      Quote: ButchCassidy
      The film must be shot.

      so there is already, "Return to A", though in my opinion it could have been removed better.
  11. Putnik_16
    Putnik_16 30 March 2016 08: 45
    May God grant him good health !!! hi
  12. Served once
    Served once 30 March 2016 08: 51
    It’s good that they even write and remember. While the memory is alive, they are all alive and with us. As long as I live, I will remember Lieutenant Vasiliev from our battalion. 21 years old, green glasses-lenses, broken-broken (two drops with downed turntables) .210re salary plus 30 rubles for injuries. But it’s always ironed, the boots are shiny, straightening ... And optimism. Learn the slag, or you can go there and start. Then boil the engine, then grab everything that’s on the sidelines. Petition to the President’s website is necessary. dear that we have. Thank you SOLDIERS! hi
  13. ovod84
    ovod84 30 March 2016 09: 10
    Yes, an interesting article. a real hero could be used to give the hero of Russia. mother is holding on to such heroes
  14. Karayakupovo
    Karayakupovo 30 March 2016 09: 36
    Ysyn Halyk Kaharmany! Real People's Hero!
  15. Dmitry Potapov
    Dmitry Potapov 30 March 2016 09: 54
    Once I heard the phrase said to Ioronia by one "Afghan" on television, "Well, there in the award department they know better who the awards are, they have bullets whistling in the corridors"
    1. domokl
      domokl 30 March 2016 12: 24
      This is clear ... In general, the issue of awards has not been standing for a long time. There were many worthy ones. And not everyone can even boast of a medal. and vice versa ... There are great ones that received the Red Banner at the head of the club .. It was all ...
  16. ML-334
    ML-334 30 March 2016 09: 59
    The Batians would have the same pension as the deputies themselves. There’s a lot of money on medicine.
  17. fzr1000
    fzr1000 30 March 2016 10: 03
    I still hope that they forgot about the special forces at headquarters, this is a figure of speech. Because it’s 8 months, and even a month without the support of ammunition, dry ration, medicines and water, it is especially impossible to fight there. Naturally, fame and honor to all from the USSR who returned and stayed in Afghanistan.
    1. bocsman
      bocsman 30 March 2016 10: 24
      Quote: fzr1000
      I still hope that they forgot about the special forces at headquarters, this is a figure of speech.

      Of course, the figure of speech, but here, as always, who pulls (copes) with that and load! Logic simple once a month lasted then hold out another month, oh two months then two more, etc. ! It is difficult to judge or condemn someone here, because beginners need to re-enter the situation and it is not known how they will succeed ?! From the article it is not clear how and why the replacement was carried out. Most likely, most warriors already had time to demobilize. But in any case, they coped with their task, and even wiped Masouda’s nose with his oath! And still old age certainly doesn’t paint anyone, but there are faces of people by which at any age one can see his nobility and kindness. Look at the photo and everything about him is clear!
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  18. Pvi1206
    Pvi1206 30 March 2016 10: 30
    Without hesitation, he objected to any senior officer of the General Staff if he did not agree with orders from Moscow offices. But for his soldiers he hurt his soul, he found the only words he needed for 18-year-old boys. He always told them: “Sons, you are not cannon fodder!”

    The war is seen in different ways from headquarters and from the battlefield.
    But as long as there are real patriots everywhere who know their job and love their homeland, the victory will be ours ...
  19. EDP
    EDP 30 March 2016 14: 44
    On such commanders it is necessary to equal. Make a good movie about King Panger instead of soap melodramas.
  20. sw6513
    sw6513 30 March 2016 15: 21
    Health to him and for many years - a true devotee of the Motherland !!
  21. moskowit
    moskowit 30 March 2016 18: 48
    "War is not only fireworks,
    but just hard work ... "

    On such laborers of war the Glory and Valor of the Fatherland and the Army rests! Thank you for being Boris Tokenovich!
  22. Angor
    Angor 30 March 2016 19: 15
    I know that you did not die for the sake of politicians, not even for the sake of ideals. They gave their lives for those who were near you.
    Everlasting memory!
  23. Faust
    Faust 30 March 2016 23: 29
    Quote: self-propelled
    it is time to memorize already - RUSSIAN (regardless of nationality and religion, but Russian in spirit) DO NOT GIVE UP AND DO NOT BETTER !!!
    RUSSIAN SPIRIT will be worse than any nuclear potential!

    All right! In Angola, I heard from the blacks that you are Russian - all on one face ...
  24. Olegi1
    Olegi1 31 March 2016 00: 05
    Or maybe we’ll throw off, men, huh? Just help the hero. I am ready to arrange, if that.
    1. vetlan19
      vetlan19 31 March 2016 00: 24
      Ready to join.
    2. Served once
      Served once 31 March 2016 08: 37
      I'm ready too. Organize. The easiest option is through His phone number to a Sberbank bank card. Simple, fast and reliable.
  25. Besmaster
    Besmaster 31 March 2016 02: 47
    May God grant health and many years to the battalion hero. What kind of people do exist, flint. I don’t understand how that country could fall apart ...
  26. wolfhound
    wolfhound 31 March 2016 06: 47
    as always, real heroes served the Motherland not for the sake of awards and high salaries ... I remembered the NSh in our regiment, when he was appointed senior at the RTG, he commandeered a 120mm mine at the samovars, and, like, laid a land mine, and in the morning he moved ahead of the IRD and with a hundred meters in the grass I found a type of Chekhov's landmine, and he wore glasses with thick lenses (for which Harry Potter drove into the regiment) .. after this "heroic deed" he sat down and scribbled a presentation for the award on himself and sent him to the brigade. .but there he was given a little on the cap))))))))
    1. Served once
      Served once 31 March 2016 08: 38
      These are "rats" - they will always be ...
  27. Olegi1
    Olegi1 31 March 2016 20: 16
    Quote: Served once
    I'm ready too. Organize. The easiest option is through His phone number to a Sberbank bank card. Simple, fast and reliable.

    I will try to find out his phone number, or card. Interested - throw in a personal, and there - everyone himself, as much as he can.
    1. Served once
      Served once April 1 2016 07: 39
      Ok. I will follow the info.
  28. shoemaker
    shoemaker 31 March 2016 20: 49
    I have the honor! Thanks Combat.
  29. NordUral
    NordUral 31 March 2016 22: 58
    Thanks, Colonel! And health! Such as you give hope that in our time there will be officers worthy of their grandfathers and fathers.
  30. Sinbad
    Sinbad April 1 2016 00: 38
    I am ashamed that I did not know about Him before, I am glad that now I know, I am proud that I served with him in the same army - in the Soviet. Smirrrrno, equal to the right to salute the Real Colonel of the Soviet Army!
  31. Gippo
    Gippo April 1 2016 00: 46
    King Panshera is Ahmad-Shah-Masoud, may the heavenly gurus be favored by him.
    "Kerim's household" - yes, I heard. The men responded well to him. I didn't shed blood in vain.
    Thank you, Father. FROM all the guys who returned home alive and healthy.
    I won’t say such a thing about our Sabretooth. Father knows who it is ... If you have not forgotten)))
    SMUTIAN April 1 2016 22: 36
    When he was still a green kid, Kara Major came to our unit as a legendary hero. It is very pleasant now to realize that our Kazakhstan Army, unlike "OUR" post-Soviet pseudo-historians, sacredly preserves the memory of the Valiant Wars of the Untimely Perished Country of the USSR .. Then I did not understand what was happening ... Now I will say thanks to the author of the article for THAT .. What, nobody is forgotten, nothing is forgotten ...
  33. stprapor2009
    stprapor2009 6 December 2016 16: 50
    It would be nice for the colonel in good health, and officials from the Ministry of Defense to find an idea and give him a go. It is in their power.