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DRIKALOVICH Nikolai

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(7. 7. 1913 - 26. 9. 1987)

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H ikolay N. Drikalovich, Guard lieutenant, commander of the battery 161 th of a separate Army Guard Krasnograd cannon artillery regiment (7 th Guards Army, the Steppe Front)
. Born July 7, 1913 in Ukraine to. Mihajlovka Lebedinsk district of Sumy region. Ukrainetz. Graduated Lebedinskii Agricultural College and the Kiev Institute of Agricultural Mechanization (in absentia). He worked as an engineer and chief engineer of Petrovsky sveklosovhoza Voronezh. In 1935-1936, 1941 - 1945 he served in the Soviet Army.

During the Great Patriotic War, he graduated from the 2 nd artillery school in Kiev, Mr.. Saratov and the Higher artillery officer's school in Mr.. Semenov. From September 1942 until January 1944 had fought at Stalingrad, the Don, Voronezh, Steppe and 2 of the First Ukrainian Front. He participated in the Stalingrad and Kursk battles to liberate Ukraine. Wounded in August 1943. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2 nd degree (1943), Red Star (1942), the medal "For defense of Stalingrad" 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" Nikolai Nikolaevich Dryakolovichu awarded Oct. 26, 1943 for bravery and courage, . shown during the Dnieper crossing, . capture and holding the bridgehead.,

. Fter dismissal from the Army Nikolai lived and worked in Mr.
. Saratov. Captain retired. Worked in the union "Agriculture". Died Sept. 26, 1987.

With mong those who early September morning, first out to the Dnieper, and Nicholas was Drikalovich. He began his feat of arms on the way to the shores of the great Russian river Volga, fought the Belgorod and Kharkov, Sumy liberated fields, fought for their city Lebedin, for his native village Mikhailovka.

. At midnight, the battery Drikalovicha first in the regiment went to the Dnieper River near the village Domotkan
. Across the river was brutal battle. There, on a tiny patch of land reclaimed from a strong enemy, fought our infantry battalion.

Sappers from the factory pre-assembled pontoons summed. Vosmitoinye howitzer-gun, truck tractors and ammunition were loaded onto ferries. The regimental commander, Lieutenant Colonel Bogushevich went to Nicholas Drikalovichu, . hugged him, . kiss on the cheek, . said quietly: "Remember, . Nick: Gunners die only carriages "Lieutenant took these words as an order to" stand on the death! ", . asked permission to sail from the coast and melted into the darkness.,

. Dozens of rockets lit up the shore and the river
. For ferries continually beaten mortars. From a direct hit mines, killing three soldiers, four wounded. Silently, bandaging wounds, the soldiers remained in the ranks.

Pontoons stranded. Up the coast is far. Drikalovich with the scouts jumping into the water and wade to shore gets. It takes a bold decision: to drag the 152-millimeter howitzers, cannons on tractors. "Its inhabitants" a reluctance on the sandy shallows.

By morning the battery was installed in the gardens and prepared for battle. Three weeks thundering volleys of destroying. During this time the Gunners beat off Drikalovicha 70 counterattacks, destroyed three artbatarei, two tanks, dozens of machine guns and over a hundred Nazis.

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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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