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Ermolaev Gregory D.

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(1924 - 25. 6. 1944)

Mr. rigory D. Ermolaev, Guard second lieutenant, commander of the tank 28 of the separate Liosno Guards Tank Brigade (39 th Army, the 3rd Belorussian Front). Born in 1924 in Dr.. Nikandrovke Ekaterinovskaya district of Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from the 8 classes of secondary school. Before conscription worked as a driver on the farm.

In September 1942 he was drafted into the Soviet Army. Graduated Syzran Tank School. From October 1943 until the day of death - June 25, 1944 - fighting on the Kalinin and 3-Byelorussian fronts. Participated in the liberation of Smolensk region and Belarus.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Grigory Dmitrievich Ermolaev posthumously awarded March 24, 1945 for bravery and courage shown in battle of encirclement and elimination of the Vitebsk enemy.

. Buried in the village of Vitebsk Rudaki rayonana
. In the village of Uzvartsy rayonana Vitebsk Vitebsk region in honor of the hero obelisk.

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H astuplenie troops 3rd Belorussian Front near Vitebsk began June 23, 1944 a powerful artillery and air preparation
. Enemy defenses had been destroyed, artillery and mortar batteries suppressed. Infantry and tanks encountered little resistance to the Nazis and quickly overcame the main line of defense. Then the tankers rushed ahead. In pursuit of the enemy tank lieutenant Ermolaeva first came to the river Luchesa. The bridge in the area Selyuty went to the west, Hitler carts, trucks, motorcyclists, infantry. Ermolaev decided to seize the ferry. He opened fire on the retreating enemy column, set fire to two cars, crushing three vehicles. Among the Nazis rose panic. The infantry rushed into the forest, the remaining cars went for increased speed. Using the enemy's confusion, Ermolaev seized crossing and held it until the main forces of the 1 st Battalion.

. On the first day of the attack our troops south of Vitebsk broke through defenses at a depth of 10 - 11 kilometers and 50 kilometers wide
. It was a great success.

Pulling up to the threatened area their reserves, the Germans made a desperate attempt to halt the advance of Soviet troops, to prevent the encirclement of their Vitebsk groups. At dawn on June 24, they counterattacked our forward units near the village of Silk and a few pushed them to progress on the eve of milestone. Enemy resistance was broken only in the afternoon, when the aid of the vanguard approached the main forces of the tank artillery brigade under the command of Colonel Kovalev.

. June 25 crew Ermolaeva, acting as part of his company, the first to reach the highway Vitebsk - Lepel and rushed to the crossing of the Western Dvina River in the vicinity of d
. Yakusha. From the side of the bridge shifted Zhaury retreating enemy units. "Thirty" was attached to the tail of the enemy column and at point-blank shot was self-propelled guns, trucks with anti-aircraft guns and vehicles. In the hot battle crew Ermolaeva destroyed 3 self-propelled guns, 8 guns, 20 vehicles, 25 wagons with cargo and about 120 soldiers and officers.

By defeating the enemy column, tankers came to the crossing of the Western Dvina. To report on the radio about. their actions the commander of the vanguard, Ermolaev was ordered to hold the bridge in whatever was. To entrench the tankers engaged in battle with the retreating parts Nazis attempted to return the crossing. The first counterattack was repulsed by the Nazis. Having determined that they face only one tank, the Germans rushed in new attack. However, Ermolaev and his comrades, and this time stopped the enemy. Then the Germans surrounded the brave men and threw the car with hand grenades.

P oedinok heroic crew with superior opponent lasted three hours, before the approach of our infantry. The reflection of the last, tenth counter G.D. Ermolaev died a heroic death.


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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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