KIREEV Ivan Nesterovich( Hero of the Soviet Union (4.VI.1944 city, posthumously).)
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Biography KIREEV Ivan Nesterovich
(10.I.1910, with. Zherdevka, now the city of Tambov region - 1943, died in battle with Mr.. Rudnya Smolensk region).
In 1930. drafted into the Red Army. He graduated from the short-term courses of infantry commanders, and then refresher commanders (1940). Since the early days of the Great Patriotic War to. was in the army. Commanded a rifle battalion, was chief of staff and then commander of the Rifles. Participated in Luban offensive. Major K. courage and heroism in the Smolensk offensive operation. Acting in the first echelon rifle division, regiment under the command of K. broke through the defense, the run crossed the river. Prince and seized a bridgehead than provided further offensive parts Guards Rifle Division. K. received orders to prepare for an attack, assault capture the heights, and then release Mr.. Rudnya. The offensive continued on the plan. Enemy's resistance grew, especially when the Germans brought up reinforcements. Advancing company of Soviet soldiers trembled. The enemy moved to counterattack. Regimental commander Colonel By Guard. crawled up lying on the ground pulemenym and machine-gun fire of the enemy infantry chains. Sam went for the gun. The appearance of the regiment commander inspired fighters. The enemy could not stand a dense machine gun, automatic, rifle fire and retreated. The heights were taken, the path on the ore. Vitebsk opened. In this battle to. Killed. Awarded the Order of Lenin, two Orders of Red Banner. Buried in g. Rudnya. At the house of culture of the city in honor of K. a memorial plaque. Its main street is named after Mr.. Rudnya.