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BOCHKAREV Mikhail Stepanovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(1. 8. 1904 - 20. 10. 1974)

M ihail Stepanovich Bochkarev, captain, battalion commander, 95 th Infantry Regiment (32 th Infantry Division, 1 st Army). Born August 1, 1904 in the village of New Buras Novoburasskogo District, Saratov Region. Russian. Graduated two classes of rural, school. From 1920 to 1925 he worked as a shoemaker in artel Soyuzkozhprom ". In 1925 he was drafted into the Red Army. In 1931 graduated from the snipers in the courses "The Shot".

In July and August 1938 participated in the battle near Lake Hassan. After the end of hostilities commanded a rifle regiment. In 1940-1941 he studied at the Military Academy named M.V. Frunze. In July 1941, took part in battles on the Western Front. Wounded easy 6 and 8 August 1938 at Lake Hassan and hard-July 28, 1941 under Yelnia. For services to the Motherland was awarded the Order of Lenin (1950), . Red Banner (1945), . World War 2 nd degree (1944), . Red Star (1944), . medal "For Defense of Moscow", . "For Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945." and two commemorative medals.,

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin to Mikhail Stepanovich Bochkarev awarded Oct. 25, 1938 for bravery and courage in fighting the Japanese invaders at Lake Hassan.

. Fter being seriously wounded near Yelnia in July 1941, Mikhail S. about a year was treated in hospital, then worked as head of a military school in Mr.
. Morshansk (Tambov region). And g. Penza. In 1954 he left the service of the Soviet Army at the rank of colonel retired. He lived in Saratov. He worked as chairman of the regional council hunters society. Died Oct. 20, 1974. In Saratov, he installed a monument and a plaque.

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At the end of July 1938 Japanese troops violated the Soviet frontier and captured Zaozerny and unmarked, with a view to establish a base here for a blow to Vladivostok
. Part 1 of th Red Banner army were supposed to launch an offensive on August 6 in order to fully defeat the enemy.

The morning dawned rainy August 6, the offensive was delayed. Only in the afternoon the weather improved and have emerged from the fog Zaozerny and unnamed, who were to storm the battalion captain Bochkareva. After taking the hill five days ago, the Japanese turned them into powerful centers of resistance.

Silence was broken thunder of artillery. In the sky roaring airplanes. Dozens of bombers dropped bombs on enemy positions caliber.

At the signal of attack Bochkarev first jumped out of the trench with a gun in his hand. The men all as one, rushed him to the enemy.

The Japanese saw the brave commander and concentrated fire on him. One of the bullets scorched brown hair Bochkareva, another damaged finger of his right hand, split the third temple. The blood rushed to a person battalion commander, but a minute later with a white bandage on his head, he again appeared among the men. In a powerful burst of bochkarevtsy stormed to the front line of defense and in the evening captured the first trench of the enemy.

At dawn the next day suddenly opened fire at the Japanese batteries, located across the river Tumen-Ula. Samurai out of their trenches and with cries of "Banzai!" rushed to the positions of the battalion.

When the Japanese came to our trenches, rifle shots cracked, resounding hit with shot gun. Like a prostrate, fell to the ground samurai. But the survivors have continued to creep up to our trenches, and soon came close enough that you could see their evil person. Then the signal Bochkareva thrown hand grenades.

Closely following the battlefield, Bochkarev realized that the enemy was confused, and this point can not miss. Immediately above the command post reared red rocket and the chain of command the battalion rushed "Forward!" Attack of the Soviet soldiers was swift and irresistible.

. Having mastered the black hill, battalion Bochkareva struck a flank attack on the enemy, defending the Nameless
. This was the sixth attack bochkarevtsev, supported by all the forces of 32-th Infantry Division. Soon leaped over hill Nameless Aloe Soviet banner.


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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


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