(1910 - 30. 8. 1943)
H ikolay A. Belozertsev, senior sergeant, platoon leader walking Intelligence 955 Infantry Regiment 309 th Infantry Division, was born in 1910 in a. Big Karai Romanovsky District, Saratov Region in a peasant family. Russian, non-partisan. Early deprived parents, grew up in an orphanage. Since 1926, he worked in a bakery in g. Balashov. In 1933 he graduated from the workers' school in Saratov, then worked in the Far East and the Urals.
From July 1941 until the day of death was in the army, fought Voronezh and Bryansk fronts. He took part in defensive operations of the first period of the war, defeating the enemy at the top of the Don and the Kursk. In 1942 he was seriously wounded. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1943).
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Nikolai Alexandrovich Belozertseva awarded on Jan. 10, 1944 for valor and courage in seizing control of prisoners and the reference point in the immediate rear of the enemy.
Fter fierce defensive battles at Kursk regiment, which served Belozertsev, took part in a counter-offensive in mid-August 1943 reached the approaches to the city Lebedin
. Here the enemy resisted one of the milestones. Arena of the fiercest fighting was Grove Kerosene, which is located on a small hill. The Nazis turned the woods into a powerful center of resistance. They built a ramified network of trenches and communication trenches, bunkers, minefields and barbed wire. Over the grove was an artillery battery, which is always time to come to the aid of his infantry. Many times the regiment attacked the enemy and each time I rolled away with losses in its original position.
After all the failures in command ripe bold plan: to capture the grove while striking from the rear and front. The platoon leader Senior Sergeant Belozertseva with a group of scouts and machine gunners was instructed to perform the basic and most difficult part of the plan, to penetrate into the depth of the enemy's location and cause a sudden blow to the enemy from the rear. Command was confident that Belozertsev will do everything possible to accomplish the combat mission. In previous battles, he showed himself a brave warrior. Only 7 July to 17 August 1943 Belozertsev with scouts took 15 control the prisoners, who gave the command of our very valuable information.
. In the middle of the night the scouts secretly crossed the front line and for the grove, in the bushes, they heard the German speech
. Here stood the enemy's guns. Nearby, in the trench, from time to time in the direction of our troops gave queue machine gun. Belozertsev provided to the elders Rogozhin three scouts and ordered him to destroy the enemy firing point. Then he attacked with a platoon of gunners.
Silently removing sentries, scouts blew up enemy guns and threw hand grenades bunkers where rest Gunners. At the same time, the group Rogozhin destroyed enemy machine gun. In the camp of the enemy appeared panic. Nazis in the dark did not immediately understood the situation and rushed about from side to side. Everywhere they caught up with automatic machine guns, I scouts, helped by good coverage area with rockets.
At dawn from the east could be heard a chorus of "Hurray!". Polk, taking advantage of daring raids scouts and confusion of the enemy, went on the attack and, having mastered the grove, began to pursue demoralized the enemy.
. In the battle for the grove Kerosene Belozertseva platoon killed 100 Nazis, captured guns, mortars, 5 machine guns and 4 prisoners, including an officer.
. August 30, 1943 while returning from a night search N.A
. Belozertsev hit an enemy mine. Buried in g. Lebedin Sumy region.
Sources: 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
. V.1. M.: Voeniz.1987.
2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968