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ZENIN Hilarion Stepanovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(29. 8. 1916)

And llarion Stepanovich Zenin, captain, battalion commander, 314 th Infantry Regiment, 46 th Infantry Division. Born August 29, 1916 in a. Red Banner Arkadak (formerly. Kistendeyskogo) District Sarratovskoy area. Russian. He graduated from the two courses Saratov geodesic technical and vocational schools MIA. In the Soviet Army, he served from 1937 to 1958.

During the Great Patriotic War, fought on the Leningrad front. Participated in the defense of the fortress Nut, in the battles near the village of Nevsky Dubrovka, breaking the blockade of Leningrad, the release of the Leningrad Region and Estonia. Thrice wounded and wounded. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army was awarded two Orders of Red Banner (1944, 1954), the Order of the Red Star (1952), medals "For Service in Battle" (1947), "For the defense of Leningrad and the other two medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Hilarion Stepanovich Zenin awarded July 21, 1944 for personal courage and skillful command of the battalion when the enemy broke through the fortified zone in the Karelian isthmus.,

. D of 1958 IS
. Zenin served in the Soviet Army. Transferred to the reserve for the disease in the rank of lieutenant colonel, he remained in the city-hero of Leningrad, who defended in the harsh years of war. He worked as head of the convoy of one of the Leningrad motor depots.

P eredny edge of enemy defenses held on a precipitous, steep bank of the river, jagged trenches and moves the message complete profile. Hardly noticeable bumps stood out pillboxes and blockhouses. The approaches to multi-row defense were covered with barbed wire and mine fields. At the station, where he was to attack the battalion captain Zenin, the enemy had two artillery and three machine-gun emplacement. The enemy thought fortified positions on the Karelian Isthmus impregnable.

At dawn on June 10, 1944 troops of the Leningrad Front went on the offensive. As usual, it began an artillery preparation. High-powered guns on the eve of bunkers destroyed. Now the brunt of the artillery brought down on the firing points and the reserves were. Zenin more night secretly launched a battalion to the river bank. During the artillery preparation had been the first in the division crossed the water hazard and led the unit to storm the enemy fortifications.

Resistance increases with each passing moment. Came to life some of the firing points. Under the hail of bullets fighters lay. The offensive stalled. At this point in the chain captain appeared Zenin. With gun in hand, he stepped forward, and all heard his sonorous voice: "The Communists, forward!" After the battalion crawled toward the enemy fortifications three or four people from each platoon. They were communists and Komsomol. Behind them streamed the rest of the fighters. In the trenches thrown hand grenades. Fight was short. The enemy was crushed and destroyed.

During the first hour of battle Zenina battalion plunged into the enemy's defenses for four kilometers. It was the greatest success not only in the band division, but throughout the 21 th Army. However, a small village the soldiers again came under heavy machine-gun fire and were forced to pull over to the land. At this time Zenin adopted a novel solution: destroy the enemy stronghold of simultaneous blow from the front and rear.

. By order of the Zenina rota Lieutenant Rychihina made a deep round the left flank of the Finnish defense and caused a sudden blow to the outpost from the rear
. At this time, other companies attacked the enemy from the front. The enemy fled in panic, leaving the battlefield heavy weapons and ammunition.

The success of the battalion Zenina was immediately used our command. In the gap divisional commander threw his second echelon, and later at the same location, put in fresh forces to battle an army commander. Defense of the enemy collapsed. The Nazis quickly retreated to Koivisto and Vyborg.


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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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