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KARDASHENKO Yuri

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(8. 8. 1923)

S tory B. Kardashenko, Guard Staff Sergeant, assistant commander of the machine-gun platoon of 54-th Guards Cavalry Regiment, 14 th Guards Cavalry Division Mozyr Red Banner. Born August 8, 1923 in a. Dergachi Dergachivske district of Saratov region. Russian. In 1941 he graduated from high school. In the Red Army called in 1942.

From May 1944 until the end of the Great Patriotic War, fought on the 1 st Belorussian Front. Participated in the liberation of Belarus and Poland, defeating the enemy on its own territory. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2 nd degree (1945), Red Star (1944), Glory 3rd degree (1945), medals "For the liberation of Warsaw", "For the capture of Berlin 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" Yuri Borisovich Kardashenko awarded on Feb. 27, 1945 for courage and valor displayed in crossing the Oder River.

. D emobilizovavshis from the army in 1945, YB
. Kardashenko graduated from the Saratov Polytechnic Institute, worked on the construction of the Volga-Don Canal and the Volga hydroelectric behalf VI. Lenin. For success in work was awarded the Order of Honor and the Medal "For Labor".

P he first day of February 1945. In the middle zone of Russia are burning cold, raging blizzards, but here, at Frankfurt, it has been two days of pouring rain. Stalled cars. Foaming horses knead thick mud. With difficulty did with the soldiers of lead-heavy legs. Ahead - Oder. He opened the guards early in the morning. Above the swollen river swirled fog, hiding the left bank. But the soldiers knew: there, in the trenches, bunkers, dotah, trenches and the trenches, and sat down enemy.

All day the enemy kept a strong artillery and mortar fire on the right bank, hung in the air, enemy bombers. By evening the bombardment subsided. Only purple flashes of distant fire rushed through the dark sky, but from Berlin came the heavy thunder of explosions - has acted, our long-range bombers.

. The commander of a cavalry regiment, Major Vasilenko decided to cross the Oder River at night without artillery preparation
. The calculation was based on surprise jump in water hazard. At headquarters summoned the commanders of squadrons and supporting units. Ordered to force the river. The machine-gunners Kardashenko lowered water rafts made of logs and planks, floated to the left bank. And there continuously taking off flares in the direction of the right bank of drifted thousands of tracers. The enemy was nervous.

Bullets clatter on the raft, pulled out of the boards chips. Kordashenko encouragement comrades hurried. That's left bank. The machine-gunners quickly loaded guns and ammunition and, together with the assault team rushed to the enemy's trenches. The attack is now supported by our cavalry, artillery from the right bank.

By dawn was captured by a small bridgehead. Fascists showered on him a shower of lead and metal. Especially dangerous is the machine gun on the hill on the right. Kardashenko decided to destroy it. He crawled to the bunker and one after another, threw two grenades into the embrasure. Gun silent. Senior sergeant burst into the trench and bursts of machine destroyed a group of Nazis. Soon the cavalry arrived, here.

The day of battle the enemy in the vicinity of the village and the station Prittag Altkessel took eight counter. Kordashenko replaced dead gunner and accurate fire from machine guns destroyed 90 Nazi soldiers and officers. The cavalrymen hold the bridgehead, which was then expanded to infantry units and used for an attack on Berlin.


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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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