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Gerasimov, Ivan

( War Veteran)

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Ratna path of Ivan Alexandrovich marked by two Orders of Lenin, . Order of the October Revolution, . three orders of the Red Banner, . two Orders of Red Star, . Order "For Service to the Motherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR" III degree, . Medal "For Courage", . winning foreign,
. Activities of military general awarded the highest award of Ukraine - "Hero of Ukraine" with the award of the Order of the Gold Star, which gave him the country's president L.D. Kuchma, at a solemn meeting on the 55 th anniversary of liberation of Ukraine. Three times he was awarded the Order of the State of Ukraine Bogdan Khmelnitsky Order of Merit "III degree and a gold medal for good governance.
Born August 8, 1921. Son - Alexander Gerasimov, Lieutenant General, Chief of General Staff Department of the Academy of the Armed Forces of Russia. Daughters - Olga, Natalia. He has three grandchildren: Ivan, Maxim, Denis, Luda granddaughter, grandson and great-granddaughter.

. In the summer of 1940, leaning out of the turret, dusty from the long march, the commander of a tank platoon leader, Lieutenant Gerasimov caught abandoned him bouquets of flowers from the people of Bessarabia villages
. A year later, there is, under Skulyany, together with a company of guards under his command in the 15 th Mechanized Division, bravely held back the furious onslaught of overwhelming enemy forces, moving to the Dniester, and then - and the Dnieper.

Looking back 55 years later that difficult time, Ivan says: "The ordeal went through all of us - ordinary soldiers and commanders. The Germans pressed us on all sides: from the sky, in the forehead, with the flanks. The enemy had a double and even triple advantage in virtually all military branches. A myN Even the fact that there were in 1941, did not have time to deploy as follows. In addition, our T-26 tanks, BT, and even more massive T-28 and T-35 fared well in Spain and Hasan, not compete with the Germans - were like matchboxes. More recently, KV tanks and T-34 were much better, but initially they were insulting to little - one for each battalion. Yet our tanks do not lose heart and fought the enemy until the end. In those days, I remember we almost never jammed motors - machines worked, as they say, at full throttle ... "

With fighting in the North Caucasus, the Kursk move our troops to Ukraine, the Dnieper. And with them, and 59-th Guards separate hard-Tank Regiment breakthrough 3rd Guards Tank Army. During the night, leaving at the same locations plywood mock-up, the tankers carried many kilometers throw to the north, to Lyutezhu, and whence stormed the ancient Kyiv. In the first row went into battle tank regimental chief of staff Major Gerasimov.
After a grueling battle for the Dnieper and Kiev tankers 59-th separate hard-Guards Tank Regiment stopped for a brief rest. In connection with the wounding of a regimental commander Gerasimov was ordered to take command of a regiment, . organize the exploration route, . if necessary - that the battle, . protection, and set out the approaches to the district center Korostyshev, . where our 69-Mechanized Brigade ran into tough resistance to the Germans and got stuck,
. He had a hand to her hit from the flank and rear.

. Campus Korostishiv, . Located on the banks of the river Tetereva - a tributary of the Dnieper, . lay 30 kilometers from the regional center - Zhytomyr and was considered a major stronghold of the Nazis on the route Kiev - Lvov, . therefore, mastery of our command considered important.,

. December 28, 1943 tankers 59-th Guards separate hard-Tank Regiment breakthrough, crossed the river Grouse, came from the north to the rear of the Germans so suddenly that they did not even have time to organize the defense
. And from the south on him hit 69-Motorized Infantry Brigade ...

Kiev offensive Major Gerasimov completed already in the position of commander of the regiment. And in his homeland - his father, Alexander Alexandrovich, one of the leaders of the local collective farm, and mother Mary Dmitriyevna Command sent a letter, which reported on the awarding of their son Order of the Red Banner.
. For several months parted Major Gerasimov Hostile friends tankers: command, seeing it as a promising officer who sent it to the courses at the Academy of armored and mechanized forces
. The war ended with the Chief of Staff Ivan 32-th separate Guards Tank Brigade, which later participated in battles at the Far Eastern Front.

In the postwar years, General IA. Gerasimov commanded a division, army, northern army group, almost 10 years was commander of the Kiev military district. Before the end of military service more than 4 years was Chief of the forces of the South-West direction.

Successful service career General Gerasimov - is the result of his personal qualities, excellent knowledge of military affairs. No wonder all the educational institutions, including two Academy, he was finishing with honors (with a gold medal).

More than 10 years, Ivan was a member of the Politburo of the Communist Party of Ukraine, its not just elected a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR. In recent years, he heads an organization of war veterans, labor, military service and law enforcement agencies of Ukraine.

Ivan and now full of energy. His former commander bearing, dashing enthusiasm, analytical mind, oratorical gift, ease of communication and responsiveness had retained respect for him. He does a lot for the social protection of participants in the war, workers of military logistics, veterans of military service. And on many issues, he knows firsthand. In recent years, he personally took the Council over 6 thousand veterans.
. TCS Board of veterans has launched a number of laws of Ukraine, . including the status of veterans and guarantees of their social protection, . pension legislation, . perpetuation of the Victory in Great Patriotic War, . memory and other defenders of the Motherland, . worked hard to strengthen the unity and organizational cohesion of the veterans movement in Ukraine and CIS countries,
. On account of the patriotic actions such as the peace march on the Dnieper, the torch of remembrance of the glory of "Through the whole of Ukraine" and others.

. "Working in this field of honor is very difficult, perhaps even more difficult than in the responsible post in the army, where everything is, it is provided - confessed Ivan
. - It fell to veteran now a lot of unsolved problems. Our daily mail is replete with glaring ills, . appeals to us, . management powers to finally draw attention to the dire poverty of pensioners of all categories, . not words, . and to protect their social rights, . alleviate the hardships of old age and life,
. In the best of my ability, through small but friendly staff of the veterans are doing everything within our capabilities. "

. Ratna path of Ivan Alexandrovich marked by two Orders of Lenin, . Order of the October Revolution, . three orders of the Red Banner, . two Orders of Red Star, . Order "For Service to the Motherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR" III degree, . Medal "For Courage", . winning foreign,
. Activities of military general awarded the highest award of Ukraine - "Hero of Ukraine" with the award of the Order of the Gold Star, which gave him the country's president L.D. Kuchma, at a solemn meeting on the 55 th anniversary of liberation of Ukraine. Three times he was awarded the Order of the State of Ukraine Bogdan Khmelnitsky Order of Merit "III degree and a gold medal for good governance.
He lives in Kiev.


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