(1. 9. 1923 - 18. 6. 1982)
And vkin Ivan Mikhailovich company commander 248 Infantry Regiment, Kishinev (31 Infantry Stalingrad Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky Division, 52 Army, 1 st Ukrainian Front), Senior Lieutenant. Born September 1, 1923 in the village Kuvakin Alatyrskij region of Chuvashia in a peasant family. Russian. Member of the CPSU since 1945. After graduating from high school, worked as a mechanic at a nickel plant in Orsk, Orenburg region. In the Soviet Army from 1942. Graduated Berdychiv military infantry school in 1942.
In the battles of World War II from January 1944. He fought on the 1 st and 2 nd Ukrainian fronts took part in the liberation of Ukraine, Moldova, Poland, defeating the enemy on its territory. Twice wounded.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal Ivan Mikhailovich Ivkina awarded April 10, 1945, . for courage and bravery, . shown in crossing the Oder, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the west bank of the river south-east of the city of Breslau (Wroclaw, . Poland).,
. Fter the war commanded a mechanized infantry battalion
. In 1948 he graduated from the courses Shot Б• Б•L, in 1957 the Military Academy named after Б+T M.V. Frunze. He worked as a teacher of military department Belotserkovsky Agricultural Institute, a military commissar Artemovskiy GVK Donetsk region. Since 1973, Colonel Ivkin Б+T in stock.
Awarded the Order of Lenin, World War 2 degrees, 2 orders of Red Star and medals.
In action June 18, 1982. Buried in the city of Donetsk.
W Asti 31-th Infantry Division, which included fighting Ivkin, January 21, 1945 entered the territory of Germany. This caused a big rise of the militant fighters, and they are spoiling for a fight. Roth Lieutenant Ivkina, acting in the vanguard rifle battalion, January 24, came to the Oder. The Germans called it "the river Germanic destiny". Here they hoped to bleed the Soviet Army, to halt the advance of the approach of U.S. and British troops. Plans of the enemy collapsed. Soviet troops began to force the Oder on the move.
On the night of 25 January a company headed by Ivkina first in the regiment crossed the river on the western shore near the settlement of Stein. At dawn the Germans attacked our advanced detachments. Ivkin raised his company and led a counterattack on the Nazis were arrayed. With heavy losses, the enemy retreated. And at this time on the west bank of the river landed other units of the regiment. Working with companies of the Third Battalion, Ivkin one of the first burst into the village Trenches and tied it a street fight. The Germans resisted stubbornly. Then the company commander used a daring bayonet charge. The men, inspired by the courage of his commander, ousted the Nazis from their homes, which were established firing points, preventing the advance of our troops. The enemy was forced to leave the town with heavy losses.
Pulling up the new forces, the Nazis put into battle tanks with flamethrowers and up to two infantry battalions. Lieutenant Ivkin and his men fight to the death. When the enemy went into a counterattack, the company commander raised his fighters, and the Nazis did not survive the onslaught, fell back with heavy losses.
. During the day a company of eight counter-attacks repulsed the enemy, and it was destroyed more than six enemy soldiers and officers
. Ivkina and his men hold the bridgehead until our main forces.
Sources: 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
. V.1. M.: Voeniz.1987.
2) Rossovskii VP. Gold Stars Orenburg, 1989