Military Review

Battery of five heroes


The Soviet soldiers bravely met the offensive of the fascist troops near Kursk in July 1943. Thanks to their heroism, stamina and military skills the enemy was stopped. The 167 Guards Light Artillery Regiment under the command of Colonel A.A. On the eve of the German offensive, Budko held firing positions in the area of ​​the settlements of Muravl, Obydenki-Buzova (about 70 km north-west of Kursk).

On the morning of July 5, units of the German infantry division supported by tanks и aviation after increased aerial bombardment and artillery preparation, they went on the offensive. A fierce battle ensued. At the cost of enormous losses, the enemy managed to break into our defenses at the junction of the 280th and 132nd rifle divisions of the 70th army. By the end of the day, the Nazis reached the border of Tureyka, Awakening, Gnilets, Bobrik. They failed to advance further - they were stopped by the stubborn resistance of the Soviet troops.

In these battles, the warriors of the 6 battery, commanded by Lieutenant S.I. Rodionov, and 167-th Guards Artillery Regiment. They, in close cooperation with rifle units, steadfastly repelled the attacks of the advancing enemy. Around noon, the Nazis surrounded the firing position of the battery, located south-west of the village of Bolotniy. Soviet artillerymen quickly took all-round defense and continued to hold their positions until the enemy ring was broken by rifle subunits. In this case, the gunners destroyed several tanks and to the company of machine gunners.

July 6 in the area of ​​the infantry regiment, which supported the 167-th Guards Artillery Regiment, continued fierce battles. The fascists repeatedly went on the attack, but each time they were met by small-arms fire weapons and artillery, rolled back. By the end of July 6, the 167 Guards Light Artillery Regiment was ordered to regroup in the Nikolsky area, where the threat of a defensive breakthrough of the 132 Rifle Division had been created. In cooperation with the rifle regiment, the artillery regiment was to repel the onslaught of tanks and enemy manpower.

The 6-I battery, which had divisional 76-millimeter guns ZIS-3, was armed with direct aiming at the tank-hazard direction along the road north of the village of Molyotchi. Until dawn, without straightening their backs, warriors-artillerymen worked. They dug gun trenches. Constructed shelters for guns and personnel, cellars for shells and cartridges. All carefully masked. The soldiers understood that their invulnerability in defense and life itself depended on it. It was morning. Rodionov once again went around the battery, checked the readiness of calculations for the battle. I looked around the area: the black ruins of the village of Teploe were a good guide. From there, according to intelligence, enemy tanks should have seemed.

Battery of five heroes

Lieutenant S.I. Rodionov arrived in the regiment after the end of the 1-th Sumy Artillery School. Mv Frunze, shortly before the Battle of Kursk. The young commander already had combat experience. In August, 1941, he, like other cadets of the school, took part in the battles for Putivl, Babakovka farm, settlements of Mikhailovka, Safonovka, Volokitino and Burven. For his courage he was awarded the medal "For Courage". Arriving at the regiment, from the very first steps he began to intensively train his fighters in the speed of data preparation and shooting accuracy. The soldiers very soon saw him as a knowledgeable commander who knew how to understand the combat situation. These qualities were especially evident in the 23-year-old officer, when his battery was subjected to severe trials.

6 hours 30 min. in the sky there was a rumble of motors. The lieutenant ordered the guns to be removed to the shelters, and the people to hide in the cracks. More than a dozen enemy aircraft were at low altitude. It was clearly visible how the bombs were separated. Everything was shaking from explosions. Smoke and flame enveloped the earth. But the night work of the gunners was not in vain. Shelters reliably protected warriors and military equipment.

As soon as the raid was over, the first projectile flew over the battery with a howl - the Nazis began artillery preparation. Shells began to go to bed more and more. Soon after the ruins of the village appeared enemy tanks. There were twelve of them. They went to the battle line. "Battery, to battle!" - Rodionov commanded. The fighters quickly rolled out the guns, brought the shells. Tanks with a roar approaching. It was already possible to consider the figures of machine gunners, huddled to the armor of cars. For infantry tanks moving.

The battalion commanded the “Fire!” Command only when there was no more than 400 meters left to the enemy tanks to beat for sure. One of the guns hit the infantry with fragmentation shells, the rest fired armor-piercing at the tanks. The batteries acted without turmoil, clearly and confidently. Soon the calculation of senior sergeant M.I. Abdulina set fire to the first tank. The second hit a calculation by senior sergeant F. G. Reznik. The third gun from the very first shot hit the tank of the unfolded tank. Above him rose a column of flame and smoke. Soon, the 6 armored vehicles flamed in front of the battery position. Enemy marines clung to the ground. And because of the knoll there was another 10 tank. They walked an angle ahead, firing on the move. At the position of the battery shells were torn. The connection was interrupted several times, but it was quickly restored by the liaison office soldiers. Among the gunners appeared wounded. When the fascist tanks passed through the battle formation of our rifle subunits, the enemy infantry rushed to the attack. Rodionov ordered the first platoon to hit her with fragmentation. Simultaneously, the gun platoon V.K. Lovcheva continued to hit tanks.

The first attack was repelled. But it was clear to everyone that others would follow, that by regrouping their forces, the enemy would again attempt to break through our defenses. Gunners were preparing to continue the battle.

After 2 hours, the planes again appeared. Pieces of rails, sheets of iron, drilled barrels flew to the ground with a piercing shriek and roar, so the pilots of the German bombers tried to exert psychological influence on the defenders. The soldiers hid in shelters, as they already knew that after the usual iron real bombs would fly to the ground. And for sure. Less than two minutes later, as a powerful force, an explosion shook the air. The high explosive bomb formed a huge crater next to the dugout, covered it with earth. After the air raid on the position of the unit moved the tanks. This time from the side of Samodurovka. They were followed by more infantry battalions.

A fierce battle flared up again. The rifle subunits of the 498 Infantry Regiment opened fire on the Nazis with machine guns, machine guns, rifles, and anti-tank guns. Artillery direct fire hit the tanks. A good shot from a gun Junior Lieutenant V.K. Lovchev destroyed the lead tank. The same fate befell a few more cars. One of them was hit by the calculation of Fyodor Reznik, two by Mansur Abdulin.

Fascist tanks opened fire on the battery. From frequent breaks the earth shook. An explosion was heard at Resnick's gun - a gunner was killed by a splinter. The crew commander took his place and continued to fire on the enemy. No less than a platoon of enemy machine gunners fell on the battlefield from the shots of his gun. After some time, 10 armored vehicles appeared to the left of the battery. At the command of Junior Lieutenant V.K. Lovchev fighters rolled out their guns to open firing positions and hit them at close range. In this battle, a platoon of Lovchev destroyed 6 tanks. Until the end of the day, the gunners Rodionov, in cooperation with the infantry, under continuous mortar and artillery fire and aerial bombardments, repelled several more attacks. The enemy failed to break through the defenses.

In the evening, the regiment received an order to take up firing positions on the southeastern outskirts of the village of Molotychi and, together with the 101 tank tank brigade of the 19 tank corps, repel attacks of German tanks and infantry. The night has come. Replacing the firing positions, the gunners set to work: to repair the damage, replenish the ammunition, dug trenches, built shelters.

During 9 July, the enemy attacked our units several times in the area of ​​Molotech. But the hottest fights flared up the next day, July 10. In the morning, enemy bombers struck the position of the 6 battery. Then the tanks appeared. They came from three sides: on the right, from the front and on the left. Letting them go on the 300-400 m, the battery opened fire. From direct hits, the enemy combat vehicles caught fire. Once again, the calculation of Mansur Abdulin fought with courage and skill. When the head German tank appeared from behind the crest of the nearest hill, the gun opened fire. The first 3 projectile did not cover the target. After the fourth "Tiger" caught fire. Soon the second and third tanks caught fire. Suddenly, enemy machine gunners appeared on the left flank. The gunners fired several rounds of fragmentation shells. The fascists first lay down, but then began to make their way forward in short dashes. The calculation hit them several times with fragmentation shells. Submachine retreated. But soon, due to the light morning clouds, four enemy aircraft swooped on the battery. Screaming bombs. The gap followed the gap. One bomb fell next to a gun trench. From the calculation, only the commander of the gun, MI, survived. Abdulin and gunner I.V. Ryabykin. Both were contused, but, fortunately, not much.

The tanks appeared again, and Abdulin opened fire with armor-piercing. With well-aimed shots, he hit another 3 armored vehicle. They continued to hit the enemy, while a direct hit by a shell their gun was not disabled, and the soldiers themselves were seriously injured. 8 Nazi tanks and a lot of infantry destroyed in this battle, the calculation of Mansur Idiatovich Abdulin.

Despite the losses, enemy tanks and infantry continue to rush forward. Wounded soldiers remain in their positions. Nurse Asya Kekedzhan is there to assist them. Rows of battery defenders thin out. The position on the battery was getting harder. Only two guns could fire. In the ranks left less than half of the personnel. But the gunners continued to fight.

Junior Lieutenant Lovchev commanded one serviceable weapon remaining in the platoon. He was also injured, but continued to fight. Gunners from guns shoot tanks, and from rifles and machine guns - infantry. But the officer was seriously wounded. It was fatal. Commander Viktor Konstantinovich Lovchev, who was an ordinary Moscow turner before the war, has completely fulfilled his military duty.

Gunner Private I.T. Pimenov took command of the instrument. A considerable military way was behind this 19-year-old soldier. Commander of the Order of the Patriotic War, II degree, a participant in the great battle on the Volga, he fought bravely here. Two tanks and dozens of infantrymen had already destroyed his gun. But he was left alone in the firing position.

Drenched in sweat and blood, Pimenov has time to bring shells, and charge, and shoot. During the battle, Pimenov noticed that several enemy tanks began to break through to the bush: the fascists wanted to disguise themselves in it and from there hit our firing points. Pimenov set fire to the lead tank. The second car went to the burning. The enemy tried to hide behind him in order to fire from there. But the maneuver to the Germans failed. It took two shots of Pimenov to destroy this tank.

Regardless of the losses, the Nazis continue to attack. It seemed that the steel avalanche could not be stopped by anything. But here, from the depth of the defense, our heavy weapons struck, a group of "silt" that appeared over the battlefield brought down a barrage of fire on the enemy, and from the right flank of the Nazis attacked the tank crews of the 101 tank brigade. The remaining guns 6-th battery at close range beat German tanks. Those of them who managed to break through to our positions were destroyed by infantrymen of the 498 Infantry Regiment with fire from PTR and incendiary bottles. Soon, on the approaches to the village of Molotychi, about twenty armored vehicles blazed.

The enemy could not stand it and went away. But several dozens of machine gunners managed to infiltrate the height 244,9 next to the position. Having mastered it, the Nazis were able to view and fire on a significant part of the position of our units, including the 6-th battery. Lieutenant Rodionov decided to support the infantry counterattack on mastering the height. The battery opened a quick fire fragmentation shells. Unable to withstand artillery fire and a decisive counterattack of infantry, the enemy machine guns retreated.

Bloody persistent battles in the area Molotychi continued until dark. On this day, the guardsmen of the 6 battery destroyed the 24 tank, including the Tigers 10, and destroyed a lot of infantry. The battery of Guard Lieutenant Rodionov became the battery of five Heroes of the Soviet Union. This high rank was conferred on the guard by junior lieutenant Viktor Konstantinovich Lovchev (posthumously), guard by senior sergeant Fedor Grigorievich Reznik (dead 19 on July 1943 near Novye Turyi), private guard Ivan Timofeevich Pimenov (dead from the village of Turyi), the guard, Ivano T.Femenevich Pimenov (dead from the village of Turyi), a man, Ivano T. Lyonchev (named after the death of Novyi Turi) 22 g.), Guard senior sergeant Mansur Idiatovich Abdulin and guard lieutenant Sergey Ivanovich Rodionov.

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  1. parusnik
    parusnik 5 May 2016 06: 39
    The 6th battery destroyed 24 tanks, including 10 Tigers,.. "St. John's wort" .. how many animals they put .. Thank you ...
    1. vyinemeynen
      vyinemeynen 5 May 2016 12: 32
      Thank you interesting.
      Here would be a map with applied NPs listed in the article and "there would be no price for the editors."
      1. Jackyun
        Jackyun 5 May 2016 16: 17
        Why do you need this? P.indosy in the Ardennes at the first strike of the Germans flashed his heels.
        1. vyinemeynen
          vyinemeynen 5 May 2016 17: 40
          One of the wise men who at the sight of a star-striped rag that this site hangs on me, the brain refuses!
          And why did you write smart?
    2. valerei
      valerei 5 May 2016 22: 55
      That 24 tanks were knocked out - so be it, and that 10 "tigers" !!, it is unlikely. It is extremely problematic to take a "tiger" from this weapon, even with a sub-caliber, especially in the forehead. So, there were 24 tanks, but T-3 and T-4, which were often confused with "tigers". Yes, and these were rare tanks, and then just 10! Surely the correspondent lied for a catchphrase. And the photo at the beginning of the article is dashing, the photo reporter worked well and caught the frame, professional!
      1. 2 December 2016 11: 56
        Well, in the photo there is a T-4 and next to the T-3. The projection from afar of the T-4 is similar to the T-6.
  2. Knowing
    Knowing 5 May 2016 06: 47
    How little we know about what is NECESSARY to know and REMEMBER. READ. soldier
  3. qwert
    qwert 5 May 2016 06: 52
    The correct article. Do you know what caught my eye? The age of the guys. From 19 years to 23 years!
    This is the first thing. And secondly, it is not so easy to fill up the "Tiger" from the ZIS-3 in the forehead. Sub-caliber (reel) shells of course already were, but it was necessary to beat it almost at close range. And the tigers, too, snapped and how.
  4. akv0571
    akv0571 5 May 2016 07: 49
    After all, there were fighting fights,
    Yes, they say, even what!
    No wonder the whole of Russia remembers
    About Borodin's day!

    More than a hundred years between wars, and the same heroism !!!
    1. Thirteenth
      Thirteenth 5 May 2016 08: 41
      Quote: akv0571
      More than a hundred years between wars, and the same heroism !!!

      I have a friend guy in 1999 urgently pulled into an art regiment. When the events in Dagestan began, they were transferred to the war zone. At some point, their battery was put on a direct fire, to the barmaley according to my friend it was 400-500 meters. And so they worked there for several hours, who did whom. For this battle he received the Order of Courage. So the heroism of the Russian soldier has not gone away.
  5. netvrz
    netvrz 5 May 2016 08: 36
    And death by death corrected ... Eternal memory and eternal glory to the heroes who, at the cost of their lives, gave life to all of us, now living
  6. Mareman Vasilich
    Mareman Vasilich 5 May 2016 09: 12
    In the name of life, in the name of descendants, for their land.
    The glory of fear in battle did not know
    swearing under the scarlet silk
    to all soldiers alive and fallen !!!
    Eternal Glory !!!
  7. Grigorievich
    Grigorievich 5 May 2016 10: 36
    I understand that I will get a bunch of drawbacks, but the author described the battle very pathetically. Yes, our soldiers fought heroically, but 10 "tigers" are too much. In total, 146 T-6s took part in the Battle of Kursk and 33 vehicles were lost for the whole July (not return losses ) Often, hung T-4s were taken for tigers (T-3 in the photo). And the German infantry were only machine gunners, they did not have units with only machine guns.
    My father-in-law participated in this battle and received the Order of the Red Banner (gunner).
    We remember and are proud of the feat of our people.
    1. Predator
      Predator 5 May 2016 12: 00
      And the disadvantages for what?! For the truth?! The Model 9A had only 1 OTBs consisting of 505 tigers and 31 triples, only 14 tanks. The total number of armored vehicles is 45 units, including assault and anti-tank missile self-propelled guns. According to the performance characteristics of the 783 mm ZIS 76, they could not penetrate the tiger’s armor from 3 m (test results in Kubinka), only from 400 m, and this was the death of the battery without any options. (150-3 batteries and a battalion of shooters), single batteries were not used.
      1. Alexey RA
        Alexey RA 5 May 2016 14: 54
        Quote: Predator
        According to the performance characteristics of the 76 mm ZIS 3, they could not penetrate the tiger armor from 400 m (test results in Kubinka), only from 150 m, and this is the death of the battery without options.

        TTX and armor penetration tables - this is usually a naked theory, Jacob de Mar: an ideal shell for perfect armor in liquid vacuum.
        In practice, problems with penetrating Tiger armor in the 76,2-mm battalion began as early as 200 m (see after point 8 - the ballistics of the ZIS-3 and F-34 are the same). The reason is the unsuccessful design of the BR-350A.
        May 4, 1943 Top Secret


        Reporting: on the results of the shelling of the German heavy tank T-VI.

        In the period from April 24 to April 30 s / g. at the GBTU KA * research and testing armored firing range, tests were carried out by firing a German T-VI tank from artillery systems in service with the Red Army, and 88-mm guns of the T-VI tank were fired at the armored corps of T-34 and KV tanks -1. T-VI tank shelling results

        Side, aft and turret armor of a tank 82 mm thick breaks through (when a projectile meets armor at a right angle):

        1. Submunitions of a 45 mm anti-tank gun of the 1942 model from a distance of 350 meters.

        2. Submunition shells of a 45 mm tank gun of a sample of 1937 from a distance of 200 meters.

        3. A continuous armor-piercing projectile of 57 mm anti-tank gun ZIS-2 from a distance of 1000 meters.

        4. An armor-piercing shell of an 85 mm anti-aircraft gun from a distance of 1500 meters.

        5. Armor-piercing (solid) shell of an English 57 mm tank gun from a distance of 600 meters.

        6. Armor-piercing (solid) shell of an English anti-tank 57 mm gun from a distance of 1000 meters.

        7. Armor-piercing (solid) shell of a 75 mm American tank gun from a distance of 600 meters.

        8. The frontal armor of the T-VI tank 100 mm thick is pierced by an armor-piercing shell of an 85 mm anti-aircraft gun from a distance of 1000 meters.

        The shelling of 82 mm of the side armor of the T-VI tank from the 76 mm F-34 tank gun from a distance of 200 meters showed that the armor-piercing shells of this gun are weak and, when they meet the tank’s armor, are destroyed without penetrating the armor.

        Caliber 76 mm shells also do not penetrate 100 mm of the frontal armor of the T-VI tank from a distance of 500 m. Anti-tank rifles in service with the Red Army do not penetrate the armor of the T-VI tank. An experienced anti-tank gun of the Blum system pierces 62 mm * of the armor of the T-VI tank from a distance of 100 m at an initial bullet speed of 1500 m / s.
        1. Predator
          Predator 5 May 2016 18: 00
          That's what I said, they i.e. They couldn’t even stop the Zis 3 (head-on), and even aboard from 4 meters. The target range of the MG was 400-42 m, the rate of fire (combat) was 600 per minute, and how could they survive?! This battery was stupidly taken from 80 meters machine-gun fire, as well as cannon high-explosive fragmentation.
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          2. Oilman1976
            Oilman1976 6 May 2016 15: 55
            And no one survived, the grandfather was picked up among the dead, he groaned, barely went out, 5 months in the hospital. He broke the cannon, he shot direct fire, aimed through the barrel (the best sniper of the regiment before the war was), the last tank crushed the cannon, and saved a bunch of grenades.
    2. 19001900
      19001900 5 May 2016 23: 27
      As for the fact that instead of tigers there were "hung" T-4s, you are most likely right, but the loss of 33 tigers is questionable. The Fritzes had a rather interesting accounting system; the damaged equipment was dragged off to the repair departments and there it turned out to be repaired well, no, we'll write it off later. If you look at their reports on the losses of equipment, then at the time of our units' transition to the offensive after the defensive part of the Kursk battle, it is quite large, and there are not so many tank battles. The reason is simple, the equipment that was previously delivered to the repair units but was not repaired (they did not have time to evacuate) is destroyed.
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  8. nvn_co
    nvn_co 5 May 2016 12: 18
    Eternal memory to them, and bow to them on earth! Damn 19, 20, 23 years old ... Patsanva after all ... In fact, the children were our grandfathers, and they accomplished such a feat! Thank you very much!
  9. irbis0373
    irbis0373 5 May 2016 13: 01
    The correct and necessary article. More was written about that war and it was the truth. We must know about the heroes who defended the world on our earth and saved the world.
  10. Velizariy
    Velizariy 5 May 2016 14: 00
    Quote: parusnik
    The 6th battery destroyed 24 tanks, including 10 Tigers,.. "St. John's wort" .. how many animals they put .. Thank you ...

    The "Tigers" were mostly Type IV.
  11. 5 May 2016 17: 45
    I bow my head to the heroes of the war against fascism !!! I mourn those who died in the battles. My grandfather reached Berlin after passing through Stalingrad and the Kursk Bulge. I asked him about the war, he answered briefly. - "Grandson! War is scary!" - "Better not to know this!" That was the whole answer. At the beginning of the war, he was in the active army, that is, he was a soldier with the rank of private. The first war they got the Finnish. After with Nazi Germany. After finishing the war with the Nazi, they were transferred to the war with the Japs.
  12. Technical engineer
    5 May 2016 18: 55
    About the Tigers. Here is a Wikipedia certificate:
    Mansur Abdullin was drafted into the ranks of the Red Army in May 1939.
    Mansur Abdullin fought on the fronts of World War II from 1941 of the year, and in November of the same year he was wounded and underwent treatment until July of 1942.
    In the area of ​​the village of Molyotykhi (Fatezhsky District, Kursk Region), senior sergeant Mansur Abdullin in the battery reflected three infantry attacks supported by sixty tanks of the Nazis.
    The calculation of Mansur Abdullin shot down eight tanks (including three Tigers) with direct fire and destroyed about a battalion of nazis. In this battle, Mansur Abdullin was seriously wounded by shell fragments.
    By decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR from 7 August 1943, senior sergeant Mansur Idiatovich Abdullin was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Gold Star medal and the Order of Lenin. Having been treated at the hospital, Lieutenant Mansur Abdullin was transferred to the reserve in October 1944.
    This is one calculation from the battery. Three "Tigers". Not necessarily in the forehead. Perhaps it was lucky that someone set the board up. It is possible that one of the machines was at close range. Unfortunately, there is nowhere else to describe the battle with such accuracy. And in fact it cannot be. There was no one to keep the timing and describe how each tank was hit.

    Well, the armor penetration table for the 76-mm divisional gun rev. 1942 (ZIS-3) since we are talking about it.
    Blunt-headed caliber armor-piercing projectile 53-BR-350A
    Distance, m At the meeting angle 60 °, mm At the meeting angle 90 °, mm
    100 meters 63mm 77mm
    300 meters 60 73
    500 meters 57 69
    1000 meters 49 61
    1500 meters 43 52
    2000 meters 37 46
    3000 meters 29 35
    4000 meters 23mm 29mm
    X-type projectile 53-BR-354P
    Distance, m At the meeting angle 60 °, mm At the meeting angle 90 °, mm
    100 97mm 119mm
    300 84mm 104mm
    500 73mm 89mm
    1000 49mm 60mm
    1. Predator
      Predator 5 May 2016 20: 06
      Well, we’ve figured out the performance characteristics. Now about tactics. All (once again, all) Wehrmacht tank divisions worked as Camphgroups (since 1940), consisting of 1-2 tank battalions (40-60 tanks, or even up to 100), self-propelled guns ( up to 30 vehicles), an artillery regiment (30-60 barrels of a caliber of at least 105 mm), a rocket launcher division (12 pieces), an infantry regiment, 1-2 squadrons of dive bombers. And this was without added strength. 2-3 were involved in the main strike direction dive squadrons (direct support), 1-2 divisions of 150-203 mm artillery, OKH reserve 2-3 battalion of mortar mortars. And this is without artillery of the tank divisions themselves (another 101 barrel!) And what is one battery against ?! Read Zamulin and him research. Scary, but true. Who and it was able to endure, only our grandfathers, eternal glory to them!
      1. 19001900
        19001900 5 May 2016 23: 48
        Well, in 1943, in the Red Army, too, not only fools commanded, and they prepared well for the meeting of tanks both in tactics and technical facilities. The strongholds were located so that when they tried to get around the tanks, the sides were placed under the anti-terrorist operation points, there was a case of ambush of anti-terrorist operation points using flashing guns (to be honest, I can’t imagine what nerves and their calculations should have been because it was certain death without a chance to survive) plus the use of relief terrain. In order to know who shoots you the Germans still had to figure it out. According to their own recollections of batteries, they found only when they opened fire quite often almost point blank so that for sure. In addition, already in the first days of the offensive, their plan did not work out. Breakthroughs were successful only in relatively narrow sectors and not weak pressure immediately started on their bases, as a result, they had to divert a lot of forces and means (the infantry was very much in short supply), plus artillery did not always have time . So far from all this German colossus could hit it with one battery.
  13. Vasily Krylov
    Vasily Krylov 5 May 2016 21: 24
    About age. Order No. 25 / n dated 03.10.1943/1925/4, the Red Army Guard V.P. Krylov, born in 18 in the battle for the town of Lyubech, when repelling a counterattack of infantry supported by tanks, personally destroyed 3 German soldiers and, as part of the squad, put them to flight a numerically superior enemy. This was my father and he was then 2 and a half years old. And after XNUMX days, a penetrating wound to the spine and an invalid of the XNUMXnd group. For this fight, the medal "For Courage."
  14. Sultan Babai
    Sultan Babai 5 May 2016 22: 32
    All figures fade before the feat of our Grandfathers and Great-Great-Grandfathers. I was little, my grandfather was asking how many fascists you killed ... it all seemed funny to me then. Now, over the years, I understand that only participation in battles, the experience of everything ... is already a feat! And the Grandfather was well done smiling ... they say you grow up you yourself understand - I realized that all this is not a joke ...
  15. Oilman1976
    Oilman1976 6 May 2016 13: 33
    Good afternoon!
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