(1. 3. 1925)
In asil V. Gusev, Private, gunner 1 st Battalion 69 th Mechanized Brigade (9 th Mechanized Corps, the 3rd Guards Tank Army, the Voronezh Front). Born March 1, 1925 in a. Podgorenke Rtischevskogo district of Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from the seven-year school, before being conscripted into the Soviet Army, worked as a tractor at the farm Takhta-Aral South Kazakhstan region.
From July 1943 until March 1944 fought in the Bryansk, Voronezh and the 1 st Ukrainian fronts. Participated in the Battle of Kursk and the liberation of Ukraine. Wounded in 1943. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Red Star (1943) and three medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Vasily Vasilyevich Gusev awarded on Nov. 17, 1943 for bravery and courage, . shown during the Dnieper crossing, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the west bank of the River.,
. D about 1947 VV
. Gusev served in the Soviet Army. He graduated from the College car. He lived in Uzbekistan, Mr.. Navoi, is an auto mechanic.
By the evening of September 21, 1943 the first battalion went to the Dnieper River in the Great Bukrin. Battalion commander, Captain Baloyan announced that for the crossing need volunteers that night to cross the river before. Of the number of applicants have been selected 10-machine and machine-gun crew, which included a Vasily Gusev.
At dawn on the logs related to the rafts, the men pushed off from shore. The Dnieper mist which hid from the eyes of German paratroopers Observer. Rafts already passed the middle of the Dnieper, when suddenly along the river at low level flight, swept the German fighters. They noticed paratroopers, and around, began firing their machine gun fire. The soldiers jumped down from the floats in the water, swimming and wading to reach the shore. Destroying the calculation of an enemy machine gun, Gusev and his comrades established the "Maxim" in the trenches and opened fire along the trenches, shoot a dozen Nazi submachine. Among the Nazis came confusion. A small piece of land, up to 200 meters wide and deep, was captured.
Soon the company could come springboard tommy. Joint attack fighters, supported by artillery fire, fire with the left bank, smash the enemy into strongholds, and liberated the village Zarubentsy.
. When we crossed the Dnieper main forces 69 th Mechanized Brigade, an offensive was undertaken in order to expand the bridgehead
. Radical attack Soviet troops ousted the Nazis from the villages and Grigorovki Bulbs. In the battle for the liberation of these settlements Vasily Gusev destroyed 20 enemy soldiers and officers.
. The German command has made a strong counterattack, putting to regain lost ground and to eliminate our foothold in the Great Bukrin
. The area company lieutenant Mamedov, defending the height of 214,9, the Nazis moved the battle to the infantry battalion. Thick fog, which limited the observation, allowed the Nazis, dressed in camouflage, approached the positions of a company at a very close distance. K "maxim", set at altitude, ran a machine-gun platoon commander, Lieutenant Ryabchenko. But the cartridges were soaked in water during the crossing, damp, and, despite the fact that the tape repeatedly weed out by hand, machine gun misfire, the shot did not work. At this time next shell burst were seriously injured Ryabchenko and gunner gun. Germans fled to the growth, firing on the run from the machine. Gusev rushed to the gun, put a new tape and opened fire at close range on Nazi gunners. By releasing a tape loaded and the other continued to fire until the enemy did not stop the offensive. In this battle, brave gunner killed 25 other Nazis, ensuring that a battalion in the retention of important tactical height 214,9.
In the fighting near Zhitomir in. V. Gusev, commander of the machine-gun fire department, was seriously wounded and sent for treatment in hospital.
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