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Sorokin, Mikhail Ivanovich

( Army General.)

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(June 1, 1922 - ...)
Army General. In June 1942, in battles on the Seversky Donets Sorokin was wounded. After curing it is used for short courses "Shot". Then, in February 1943 a company commander of 330 Infantry Regiment 176 th Infantry Division participated in an amphibious operation on a base, known as "Little Land". In one battle Sorokin was wounded a second time. From the hospital Michael returns to his regiment, and served with the first combat award - the Order of the Red Star. By the end of the fighting on "Small Earth" and the release of 16 September Novorossiysk his division was transformed into a 129-Guards.
Born June 1, 1922 in the village of Nikolskoye Gaginskogo area Gorky region, in a peasant family. Father - Ivan Nikolayevich Sorokin (1880 - 1932). Mother - Sorokina (Solovyov) Praskovya Ilinichna (1882 - 1974). Wife - Sorokina (Nedievich) Lidia Z. (1920. born.), a participant of the Great Patriotic War. Son - Sorokin, Yuri M. (1948. born.) graduated from the Ussuri senior military road school, the Military Academy of Logistics and Transport, retired colonel, works in the Moscow City Hall. Daughter - Agayeva (Sorokin), Galina Mikhailovna (1953. born.) graduated from the Agricultural Academy named after KA. Timiryazev worked as a designer in the hotel "Golden Horn".

In September 1941, Michael, received secondary education, called for in the Red Army and enrolled in school Gorky Radio personnel. Along with the majority of students sent to the front. Sorokin falls in the 5 th Cavalry Corps. Participated in Barvinkivske-Lozova operation, during which the 23 January 1942 Barvinkove was released. Although in May the town was occupied by the Nazis, a successful offensive operation gave the young soldiers of additional forces.

In June 1942, in battles on the Seversky Donets Sorokin was wounded. After curing it is used for short courses "Shot". Then, in February 1943 a company commander of 330 Infantry Regiment 176 th Infantry Division participated in an amphibious operation on a base, known as "Little Land". In one battle Sorokin was wounded a second time. From the hospital Michael returns to his regiment, and served with the first combat award - the Order of the Red Star. By the end of the fighting on "Small Earth" and the release of 16 September Novorossiysk his division was transformed into a 129-Guards.

. After the defeat of Nazi troops in the south, 129 Guards was transferred under the Kiev and in November reached the approaches to Zhitomir
. Small battalion commander and company commander ill Sorokin acting battalion. In December, before it has been tasked to capture population center Studenica. Mikhail Sorokin decided to secretly nominate a battalion to their original positions, and exactly at midnight with the first volleys of artillery, firing from all types of small arms to attack the enemy.

. Surprise in conjunction with the successful maneuver led to confusion among the enemy, abandoning their weapons and fled in panic from the battlefield
. The task was performed. A large group of soldiers of the battalion was awarded orders and medals.

Lieutenant Sorokin, submitted to the command of Hero of the Soviet Union, was awarded the Order of Lenin. 129 Guards Rifle Division received the name of Zhitomir.

Ahead - Carpathian. Fierce battles for Russian Pass. Attempts to capture it in the forehead does not bring the desired results. The main obstacle is one of the commanding heights, which keeps the enemy. And then the commander of the Guards Division, Major General Timothy professor Grinchenko set for commnader Sorokin mission to capture and retain the high ground until reinforcements arrived.
. Exploration has established routine of day and night the Nazis at the forefront of defense, identified pillboxes, minefields, the most convenient approaches
. Mind one of his successful operations, Sorokin decided this time to attack the Germans at night, using this factor as a deterrent. Artillery has been tasked to suppress the firing points, and the troops battalion, without leaving their positions for five minutes to heavy fire from rifles and machine guns, and then, with the transfer of artillery fire, to rise in unison to attack. This allowed without a single loss seize the commanding heights, which the enemy had left immediately after applying to him a crushing blow gunners and infantry attack. Kapitan Sorokin was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky.

On the outskirts of Prague ended fighting way the Major Mikhail Ivanovich Sorokin. His connection with which he passed most of the martial way, now called by 129 Guards Red Banner Order of Suvorov Zhitomir Infantry Division.

. In August 1945, Major's Sorokina, who had five orders (besides those already mentioned, also the Order of the Red Banner and the World War I level) and three wounded, appointed commander of a separate training battalions
. A few months later he asked to be prepared to enter the Military Academy named M.V. Frunze. In August 1946, after examination Mikhail Ivanovich becomes a student of the academy, which okanchil in 1949.

Officer-boy Sorokin became commander of a separate school battalion 106 th Airborne Division in Tula. It was already a very different service: it was necessary to develop new types of weapons, to make parachute jumps, take care of their physical training.

. In December 1950, Sorokin appointed commander of the 331 th Parachute Regiment, 105 st Airborne Division, located in Kostroma
. Here he was, along with increased training has given considerable time establishing the living conditions of officers and their families, the construction of simulators, new barracks and storage facilities in a military town. Five years later, Mikhail Ivanovich became deputy commander of the 105 st Airborne Division.

In 1957, Mikhail be appointed to the Far East commander of the 98 th Airborne Division. This was the period when the warriors Division conducted training landing on the island of Sakhalin, Kamchatka, Primorye and other regions of the Far Eastern Military District.

And again - Moscow. In 1962, Major-General Sorokin enters the Military Academy of the General Staff. By the end of it he - Deputy Commander of the Airborne Troops on combat training, and a year later - the first deputy commander of the Airborne Troops.
In late 1969, Lieutenant-General MI. Sorokin appointed first deputy commander of the Southern Group, and in August 1972 taking the post of commander of the 2 nd Guards Tank Army, Group of Soviet Forces in Germany.

Then again, service in the Far East. In August 1974, Mikhail Ivanovich becomes the first Deputy Commander of the Far Eastern Military District. In October 1976, General Sorokin gets a new assignment - commander of the Leningrad military district.

In November 1981, the military career of Army general Sorokin is a sharp turn. Mikhail Ivanovich sent to the Democratic Republic of Afghanistan's chief military adviser. In September 1984 he became the first deputy commander of the Western direction, and three years later transferred to the post of Deputy Minister of Defense of the USSR - Chief Inspector of the Ministry of Defense.

. Mikhail Sorokin was twice elected deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR.

. Upon his retirement in 1992, Mikhail Ivanovich not break connection with the army, often speaks to students of military academies, performs other duties related to the military-patriotic education of youth.

. Army General Sorokin was awarded three Orders of Lenin, . two Orders of Red Banner, . Order of Alexander Nevsky, . two honors World War I degree, . two Orders of Red Star, . medals "For Service to Motherland in the Armed Forces of the USSR" III degree, . Of Honor, . many medals of the Soviet Union, . as well as orders and medals of foreign countries,
. Mikhail Ivanovich Sorokin - Honorary Citizen of Zhitomir.
In his spare time likes to sit with a fishing rod in the reservoir.
Lives in Moscow.


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