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"Drive! I will delay them!" (About Ksenia Konstantinova)

The name of the Hero of the Soviet Union Ksenia Konstantinova in Lipetsk is known. The square is named after her, there is a plaque on the building of the medical college where she studied. But, unfortunately, a well-known part of the biography of the heroine is very stingy. I will try to complement it with what I learned in my native village of Ksenia, Sukhoi Lubne.

During the Great Patriotic War, this village belonged to the Tambov province, and now to the Lipetsk district. Here 18 April 1925, in the peasant family, was born the future heroine. Dad - Semen G., mother - Arina Semenovna. My daughter was the firstborn, from childhood she grew up in labor, helping her parents. Ksenia did not differ in particular glibness or enthusiasm, but if it was required, she showed a downright masculine character. Once on the outskirts of the village she saw a boy surrounded by large dogs. The kid pressed against the fence. I couldn’t get on him - I was still small. It was literally five meters from the gate, but could not get it. Ksenia, who was about seven years old at that time, grabbed a stick and rushed to the defense of the little boy. I could not disperse the angry dogs, very soon she found herself beside the boy, pressed to the same fence, and even with her bitten leg. And then, in this minute full of fear and despair, the girl made the unexpected: she fell on all fours, as if turning into a dog for a moment, and growled desperately. The dogs recoiled, and Ksenia, without being taken aback, grabbed the little boy by the hand, darted to the gate and shoved him there. She herself did not have time: the dogs had already come to their senses and again closed the ring. But, fortunately, at that moment the men returned from the field works and dispersed the dogs.

In 1939, Ksenia graduated with honors from a seven-year school and entered the Lipetsk obstetric school (today - medical college). She also graduated with honors and started working.

The second day of the Great Patriotic War, sixteen Xenia met in the military. I asked to go to the front, even cried, but unsuccessfully — they weren’t allowed due to my young age. The second attempt (already in the 1942 year, it became still older!) Also turned into failure. And for the third time, Ksenia achieved permission. Relatives did not say anything, did not want persuasion and tears. And on the early morning of February 1943, she slowly left the house. I was even afraid to leave a note: what if mom will rush to the draft board?

Mom and rushed, barely guessed about the act of his daughter. Yes, it was too late. And soon I received a letter: “Sorry for me, mother, otherwise I could not do it ...” Actually, there was almost nothing in that short letter ...

Ksenia graduated from short-term courses for nurses and in the spring of 1943, she was enrolled as a medical orderly in the 3 battalion of the 730 rifle regiment of the 204 rifle division.

They fought on the Kursk Arc. And the foreman of the medical service, Ksenia Konstantinova, also fought. Her fellow soldiers told her that she was already twenty-five, and therefore there was nothing to spare and take care of. But the fighters looked at a thin girl and understood: up to twenty-five, she was far away. Were surprised by the forces: Xenia endured the wounded without getting tired, as if not feeling heavy. Once she pulled out a battalion foreman by the name of Zirdenko (both legs were smashed to him), who then claimed that he weighs one hundred and five kilograms.

In one of the battles, Ksenia was wounded by a shell fragment. She got into the Tula hospital, but did not lie down for a long time: barely standing on her feet, she ran off to hers. “How are they without me? - said the girl to the head physician. “After all, no one will pull them out of the battlefield, and they will lie there until our victory?”

Again advanced. Fights again. Xenia, it seemed, never slept at all: she devoted every minute to the wounded. If it was not required to provide medical care, she wrote letters from dictation, combed fighters, shaved her, washed them.

In September, 1943, the division was transferred to the Vitebsk area. The battalion, in which Ksenia served, fought near the village of Uzgorka for the Smolensk-Vitebsk highway section. October 1 soldiers drove the Nazis out of Uzgork. There were a lot of seriously injured people, there was not enough medicine at all, and urgent help was needed. Many soldiers were unconscious, none of the wounded could walk. Ksenia walked to the medical battalion on foot, and returned already in the wagon. The fighters waited for their sister in a hollow. Xenia began to assist, and one after another carry the soldiers into the wagon. But there was not enough room for everyone, a few people still remained. It was decided that the sled now would take the wounded to the medical battalion and return for the others. The wagon had just started off, as a large group of Nazis seemed - about a hundred people.
- Hurry leave! - shouted Xenia. - We will delay them! Drive on

The carriage disappeared behind the bushes. And here, in the hollow, there were a few fighters who could not fight. The fascists did not see them - the hollow was deep, and people showed no signs of life. Therefore, no “we” actually existed, and Ksenia knew this. And she shouted so only to the sled not left, but left and saved the people.

The fascists were approaching like that old pack of dogs. Only one girl, almost a girl, with an automatic rifle in her hands confronted them. She ran from place to place, trying not to get hit by a bullet. And she took away the enemies so that the hollow became completely invisible to them. Fought to the last bullet. And even this last cartridge, which Xenia could have left for herself, realizing that the nazis would not leave her alive and would most likely be tortured, the girl spent on the enemy. One more was less ...

She was captured, completely unarmed. About eighty fascist survivors - she killed twenty. And this pack did not stop the punishment. She cut off Xenia's nose, chest, gouged out her eyes and nailed her stake to the ground. So our soldiers found her ...

And the wounded remained alive - that's all. 4 June 1944, Xenia Konstantinova awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. Where she died, now stands the obelisk.

"Drive! I will delay them!" (About Ksenia Konstantinova)
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  1. STN
    STN 17 June 2016 06: 33
    Oh, it seems that Bendera could not do without ...
  2. Reptiloid
    Reptiloid 17 June 2016 07: 00
    So young, so beautiful.
    The kingdom of heaven is to her.

    Fascists --- freaks and geeks
    FGJCNJK 17 June 2016 07: 18
    May her memory be bright for what she managed to do in her 18 years.
  4. qwert
    qwert 17 June 2016 07: 25
    Thank you, Sophia, for the article. How much we began to forget ... Losing the connection of time, and essentially losing ourselves, dissolving in this world of soulless consumers. Such were the Soviet people, whom in modern films are not shown otherwise as cattle. How could the stories of such feats be excluded from the school curriculum? How can you forget about it?
  5. parusnik
    parusnik 17 June 2016 08: 00
    Thank you, Sophia .. In my childhood I read about Ksenia Konstantinova, I don’t remember the name of the book .. You recalled, thanks again for the memory ...
    1. Reptiloid
      Reptiloid 17 June 2016 13: 01
      And at the same time, I remembered an article about Zina Portnova.
      I decided to reconsider everything.
  6. Ros 56
    Ros 56 17 June 2016 08: 29
    Unfortunately, I have not heard of her before. Eternal memory to her and the kingdom of heaven to her.
  7. Aaron Zawi
    Aaron Zawi 17 June 2016 09: 21
    Awesome people were. Everlasting memory!
  8. Million
    Million 17 June 2016 10: 11
    The girl’s feat is impressive!
  9. XODOP
    XODOP 17 June 2016 11: 05
    "During the Great Patriotic War, this village belonged to the Tambov province ..."


    I wonder who in 1941-42 was the Soviet governor of the Tambov province?

    The heroine of the article is honor and praise, and eternal memory! But the author’s wish is to carefully read his text before publication, because such small, but annoying mistakes are not in the best way reflected in the quality of the article itself.
    1. Reptiloid
      Reptiloid 17 June 2016 13: 11
      I have a wish
      Quote: XODOP
      "read your text more carefully before publication, because annoying bloopers do not reflect in the best way on quality.
      Your comment.

      Why not express your claim in the correct form?
      There are very few authors of this level in our time. Such authors need help and support from readers.
      Pironized? Satisfied?
  10. EvgNik
    EvgNik 17 June 2016 13: 35
    Thank you, Sophia, for another page about the Great Patriotic War.
  11. gladcu2
    gladcu2 17 June 2016 13: 43
    Thanks Sophia for the article.

    On the examples of right actions, consciousness is formed. Publications of this kind form a common morality and enhance morality.

    Morality is a conscious or unconscious following of common morality.

    In order to understand how important publications of this kind are, I will give an example of a change in morality, which will probably serve everyone's benefit. It is important to understand the principle.


    Rothschild or one of these sages once said. You need to build a business so that a person brings you his own money. Now how to do it.

    Capitalism is an economic system that is based on the consent to be in debt.

    For example, you go to work. Having worked a month, it turns out that for some reason your salary does not cover your living expenses. Why? You will be told that you are to blame. It was not necessary to agree to this work. The answer is not correct. You have been deceived. Why it happens. Because common morality is a system of relationship, mutual understanding gives priority to your master to dispose of you. You yourself brought yourself into his hands by agreeing to this type of MORAL formation.

    Now recall the above statements of Rothschild.

    Now it’s clear that the enemy is sitting in each of you. That in order to change the world it is necessary to change morality. But this must be done consciously. Only with the help of the SYSTEM of education.

    And always thanks to the authors who write articles of this kind, like this one. Since they form a common morality. They make people one. And the people is a society connected by a single morality, a single system of survival.
  12. andrew42
    andrew42 17 June 2016 13: 47
    As for the Banderaites, it is rightly noticed. The company (!) Of the Wehrmacht would not have chased 2-3 riflemen. Unforgivable luxury. And the atrocities are described - a very familiar style. Only "own" Judas are capable of this.
    1. Mikado
      Mikado 17 June 2016 14: 51
      Sophia, thank you for writing about SUCH people! You read each article binge, and then tears come to your eyes!
      Does anyone else believe in "civilized Europe"? .. They have been committing these atrocities since June 22, 41, and did not disdain anything!
      In the film "Brest Fortress" (by the way, a good film) there is a moment when the Germans let our captive sergeant go to ours, and he asks to be shot. This is not a fiction, this case was. Only in fact, by that time, his nose and ears had already been cut off! and this is on June 22, already! angry
  13. aba
    aba 17 June 2016 17: 33
    No matter how much they write about the war, no matter how much they tell, there will still be hundreds of thousands of unknown heroes for us. And for the fact that there are fewer of these, thank you, Sophia!
  14. PKK
    PKK 17 June 2016 17: 36
    Thank you for writing about our fallen Heroes of People. Very touched, in your heart you need to keep an account of the villains who encroached on our Country.
  15. Uncle Murzik
    Uncle Murzik 17 June 2016 18: 21
    Thanks for the article! WHAT PEOPLE WERE ETERNAL MEMORY!
  16. geolive77777
    geolive77777 17 June 2016 22: 52
    Thank you for the article. I copy and collect such materials into a folder for use on classroom watches at school. The younger generation should know who provided them with life by giving their own!
    1. Reptiloid
      Reptiloid 18 June 2016 10: 53
      I am very glad that you are doing this! As long as there are teachers like you --- there will be right children!
  17. Sofia
    18 June 2016 11: 09
    Thank! And to you, geolive77777, respect! You are a very good teacher.