(8. 3. 1917)
In asil Petrovich Antonov, . Corporal, . gunner machine-gun machine-gun company 1 st Battalion, 271 Infantry Regiment, Lower Volga 181 Infantry Division, . born March 8, 1917 in a,
. Rasskazan Balashov (formerly. Rodnichkovskogo) district of Saratov region. Russian. After the death of his parents in 1927, grew up in an orphanage in g. Ivanovo. In 1933-1937 he was a shepherd at the farm, then worked as a blacksmith. In 1938 he graduated from the liquidation of illiteracy Class 3. In 1938-1945 he served in the Soviet Army. Since the beginning of the Great Patriotic War to the April 1944 fighting in Karelia, Central and 1 st Ukrainian fronts. He took part in defensive battles in the Far North, in the Battle of Kursk and the liberation of Ukraine. In 1944 he graduated from courses for junior lieutenants and was appointed commander of the machine-gun platoon. Seriously wounded April 18, 1944 under Kovel. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2 nd degree (1944), the medal "For Defense of Soviet Arctic, and two other medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Vasily Petrovich Antonov awarded Oct. 16, 1943 for bravery and courage, . displayed in the battles for the retention of the bridgehead on the right bank of the Dnieper.,
. W ESTERN Chernigov, in the area Mnev-Sorokoshichi, the first troops crossed the Dnieper 13th Army Central Front
. Among these: the troops and was the division in which he served Vasily Antonov. The crossing began at dawn on Sept. 22, 1943. First, to overcome the river under enemy fire, infantry units, using the rafts of logs, barrels, rescue belt, fishing boats. With the first units crossed infantry mortars and some artillery regiment and anti. Divisional artillery at that time covered the crossing fire from the left bank. By the end of the day our troops firmly seized a bridgehead on the right bank. The next day they moved to the west of the Dnieper to 35 kilometers, crossed the Pripyat and liberated the village Novoshepelichi.
The achievements of the troops of the 13th Army, have raised serious concern of Hitler's command. Pulling up to the area Dovlyady, Denisovich, Lubyanka reserve 56 Panzer Corps, the enemy made a strong counterattack, putting to eliminate our Dnieper bridgehead. With the support of tanks and artillery fire the Germans managed to come closer to our positions. At gun was left alone Antonov, his comrades died. The Nazis went to the flank, and shoot at them was impossible: interfere with bushes. Antonov under enemy fire quickly rolled out a gun on the hillock and the range of 40-50 meters at point-blank hit the fleeing Nazis. Long queues, he destroyed 50 enemy soldiers and officers, and the rest fled.
On the night of October 2nd Battalion took up defensive positions near the village Kolyban. Antonov equipped for trench gun, spare belt filled with cartridges, hand grenades prepared. At 9 am on the west appeared a large group of enemy bombers. Deploying, "Junkers" were dive at Kolyban. At this time, the positions of the battalion had fired artillery and mortars. I had not even managed to disperse the smoke from the explosions of shells and bombs, with the edge of the forest as the Nazis marched in a counter. Front crawl heavy tanks. The first fight came in the gunners. Suppressive fire from the closed position, they upset the enemy's. At this point, hit anti-tank guns and machine guns. Antonov beat for sure. Having released four tapes, he destroyed up to two platoons of infantry, forcing the remaining Nazis to withdraw to their initial positions.
Fter the war in. P. Antonov left in reserve with the rank of second lieutenant. Lived in Mr.. Ivanov, worked as a driver of one of the motor depots.
Sources: 1) Rumyantsev.N.M
. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968