(13. 2. 1925)
In ALENTIN Kirillovich Eroshkin, . Guard Sergeant, . sapper reconnaissance 100 Guards Rifle Regiment (35 th Guards Rifle Lozovskaya Red Banner Orders of Suvorov and Bogdan Khmelnitsky Division, . 8 Guards Army, . 1 st Belorussian Front),
. Born February 13, 1925 in a. Ozinki Duhovnitskogo district of Saratov region. Russian. After 8 classes Solyanskoy high school he worked the farm tractor.
In July 1941, a volunteer went to the Red Army. From the first days of military service before the victory over Germany in World War II fought in the West, Stalingrad, South-West, 3-m 1-Ukrainian and Byelorussian fronts. He took part in defensive battles of Smolensk, the Battle of Stalingrad, the liberation of Ukraine, Poland, defeating the enemy on the territory of Germany. Wounded three times, twice wounded. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army awarded the Order of the Red Star (1956), . Glory 3rd degree (1944), . two medals "For Courage" (1942, . 1943), . medals "For Military Merit" (1951), . "For the Defense of Stalingrad, . "For the capture of Berlin", . "For the liberation of Warsaw" and six other medals.,
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Valentine Kirillovich Eroshkin awarded March 24, 1945 for the courage and bravery, . shown in crossing the Vistula, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the west bank of the River.,
. June 24, 1945 VK
. Eroshkin participated in the Victory Parade in Moscow. Until 1961 he served in the Soviet Army. Retired Major, lived and worked for Mr.. Balakovo editor of Evening Balakovo Б• Б•L.
Guardsmen reached the Vistula clear the July afternoon. Beat fiercely on the right bank of the enemy artillery. Smoking grove, its pine and spruce, gnawed by shell splinters and mines. Burned rye field. Polish village huts were burning ...
Wisla was abroad, in which the enemy tried to stop the Soviet troops, tired, exhausted by the protracted fighting and kilometers of passages. Behind our rear - they had to pull. Thinned the shelf - they had to replenish. Worn out military equipment - were required to repair it. Dried up fuel supplies, ammunition - it was necessary to accumulate the material and technical resources. Without all this, it was impossible to deploy a further operation on the final defeat of Nazi Germany.
. But before you get a welcome rest, the troops were to cross the Vistula and a foothold on its western bank.
. Sergeant Eroshkin together with the regimental engineer went to the Vistula for the exploration of the area upcoming crossing
. Under the exploding shells and mines, they explored the coast, have identified the implicit, approaches to the river, have identified a location convenient to the device trips and ferry. Intelligence reports were taken into account the command in the final decision on the crossing of the Vistula.
Throughout the night guards were working on the device trips and pier. Rejecting on the position of rest, Eroshkin worked together with his friends until, until the job was finished.
. At 5 am on Aug. 1, 1944 Eroshkin on his boat moved on the western bank of the Vistula the first landing - five gunmen.
. The Germans opened heavy fire on the crossing
. Boat Eroshkina was riddled with bullets and shell splinters, but the bold sapper continued transfer of men from the right bank to the left.
In the morning, during the fourth flight, the crossing came down the Nazi bombers. Shrapnel bomb exploded near a boat Eroshkina blown to pieces. Blast the guards threw for 7 - 8 meters, severe concussions. Eroshkin recovered under water, strained his last strength, resurfaced and reached the shore. After resting a little, took a new boat and continued his dangerous runs until the end of the crossing of the regiment.
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