(1915 - 12. 12. 1961)
In IKTOR E. Karpov, sergeant, commander of the department 62-second single-pontoon bridge battalion, was born in 1915 in a. Ershovka Bazarno-Karabulak district of Saratov region. Russian. Education-6 classes. On the eve of the war he worked in the village of Rudnik Phosphorite Resurrection district of Moscow region.
In the Soviet Army he served in 1936-1938 and 1941-1945 respectively. Since the beginning of World War II victory over Germany, fought in the West, Leningrad and 2-m Ukrainian fronts. Participated in the defense of Moscow, the liberation of Leningrad Oblast, Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Wounded in 1945. For military distinctions awarded medals "For Defense of Moscow", "For the capture of Budapest" and "For Victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.."
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Victor Yefimovich Karpov was awarded March 24, 1945 for bravery and courage in crossing the river Danube.
. In action 12 December 1961
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In late October 1944, Soviet troops launched an offensive in the direction of Budapest, . broke through the defenses between the Tisza and the Danube and by the end of November 2 came from the south to the approaches to the Hungarian capital,
. Sergeant Karpov is being shipped to our troops under the Tisza in Szeged. It has been quiet, only occasionally crossing over appeared Nazi bombers, but our fighters vigilantly guarded airspace in the liberated part of Hungary and avoid German air strikes on ground troops. Under the Budapest enemy offered stiff resistance.
Frontal attack our troops were not successful. It was decided to take the city by a deep crawl from the north and south. Pontoon were ordered to urgently come under the Budapest and to ferry troops across the Danube 46-th army.
Dvuhsotkilometrovy march battalion made for one day and right from the move, without rest, began to ferry equipment. Sergeant Karpov supervised the construction of one of the berths. The enemy carried heavy artillery and machine gun fire both coasts. Several engineers from the Department Karpov were wounded, two killed. He received concussion and Victor Yefimovich, but half an hour after lying in a deep bomb crater, he returned to the dock and only after the work was finished, he returned to the left bank of the Danube. But the rest did not have. Throughout the night on December 5, 1944 Karpov, working kateristom, headed ferry infantry. Before dawn, he made 16 flights and brought to the west bank of the Danube, six 76-millimeter guns and a battalion of 176 Infantry Regiment, with full arms.
. Even during the three days in a row sergeant Karpov under fierce enemy fire shipped to the troops captured a bridgehead
. Two boats were defeated Karpov enemy artillery fire, but the sergeant is grafted on the healthy vessel and continued towing the ferry.
Day on December 5 at the approach to the right bank of the ferry Karpov attacked by enemy bombers. Shrapnel bomb exploded next to his horse was killed, wounded two soldiers, punched two polupontona. The ferry, loaded guns, banked right and began to sink. Another moment, and the guns would have been under water. But Karpov did not lose his. Despite the fact that the raid has not yet ended and around whistling and bursting bombs, he increased his speed and drove to the ferry pier. When artillerymen unloaded guns and ammunition, Karpov repaired semi-pontoons and continued to ferry troops.
. During three days of continuous operation under fierce enemy fire, Karpov made 60 flights over the Danube and ensure timely transfer to the bridgehead of 59 th Infantry Division.
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