(6. 4. 1918 - 21. 4. 1945)
And van Stepanovich Gavva, . Guard Sergeant, . Gunner propelled installation 393rd Guards Demblinskogo self-propelled artillery regiment (12 th Guards Tank Corps, . 2 nd Guards Tank Army, . 1 st Belorussian Front), . born April 6, 1918 in a,
. Fedorovka Fyodorovsky district of Saratov region in the family of a poor peasant. Russian. Graduated 5 classes seven years of school at the place of birth. From 1931 to 1939 worked as a fitter Mokrousovskoy MTS. Autumn of 1939 was drafted into the Red Army. During the Great Patriotic War, from March 1943 until the date of death, fought in the Central, 1 and 2-m 1-Ukrainian and Byelorussian fronts. Participated in the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus, Poland, in defeating the enemy on its own territory. Wounded in 1943. For military distinction was awarded the Order of Glory 3rd degree (1944).
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Ivan Stepanovich Gavva awarded on Feb. 27, 1945 for bravery and courage, . displayed in the battles as they crossed the river Bzura and the release of the Polish city Inowrocе-aw.,
January 17, 1945 Part 2 Guards Tank Army, which included fighting Ivan Gavva, captured the Polish city of Sochaczew
. cutting off the retreat of the Warsaw enemy troops. Ivan's first self-propelled gun Gavva escaped to the river Bzura best shot and destroyed three cars with the enemy soldiers. However, further progress because of the strong fire from the western shore of the river has become impossible. It was necessary to reconnoiter the enemy's defenses, to identify the anti-fire system. This task was entrusted Guards Senior Sergeant Gavva, who was known in the regiment is not only an experienced gunner, but also an excellent scout.
Armed with a submachine gun and binoculars, Gavva crawled to the river. Under cover of coastal scrub and snowfall that began, he safely crossed the river, secretly made his way to the very lair of the Nazis. Returning to his unit commander Gavva reported that a particular threat are heavy tanks, hidden in trenches and carefully concealed under the background of the surrounding area. The Nazis turned the tanks in the armored gun emplacements.
Gavva asked permission to personally destroy enemy tanks, and having received it, began the task. While the neighboring self-propelled gun opened fire on the Germans distraction from long-range self-propelled gun Ivan Gavva at high speed jumped on the coastal high. From the first shot was demolished tower Nazi tank. After this self-propelled gun was placed in the shelter. After waiting some time, Gavva appeared in another place and well-aimed shot from close range hit the second enemy tank. Enemy defenses in this sector has been weakened, and took advantage of our tanks and gunners. They lossless crossed Bzura, defeated the enemy infantry and headed in a northwesterly direction.
After three days of advance units of Panzer Army approached Inowrocе-aw. Promotion hampered by two gun set on the outskirts of the city. Having become acquainted with the enemy for 150-200 meters, Ivan Gavva two shells destroyed the enemy's guns. "The artillery sniper-so was the title of a note in the front newspaper, telling of the exploits of Ivan Gunner Gavva.
. A month of fighting, from 16 January to 15 February 1945 the crew of Ivan Gavva walked several hundred miles from the Vistula to the Oder and destroyed 2 heavy tanks, 20 vehicles, 7 guns, 10 wagons and over 100 enemy soldiers and officers.
. April 16, 1945, Soviet troops moved to the irresistible avalanche Berlin
. In this historic battle involved and Ivan Gavva. He beat the enemy with great fury. April 21 his crew one of the first in their formidable fighting machine broke on the northern outskirts of Berlin. In one of the skirmishes with the enemy on the streets brave soldier died a heroic death.
H a homeland hero, in the village Fedorovka, the means of villagers Ivan Stepanovich Gavva in 1964 erected a monument. In the name of Hero named street in smt Mokrousov.
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