(7. 4. 1913 - 1988)
M ephod Kozlitin Mikhailovich, the youngest commander, commander of the tank the 2 nd Battalion, 11 th Armored Brigade (1 st Army Group in the MPR). Born April 7, 1913 in a. Cheremoshnoye Medvenskogo Kursk region. Russian. After seven years of school he worked as a foreman on the farm field team. In 1933 - 1935 years lived in Kramatorsk, worked as a bookkeeper while studying at night rabfak. From 1935 to 1959 he served in the Soviet Army. In May - September 1939 in Khalkhin Gol took part in battles with the Japanese. From December 1939 until October 1941 he studied at the Military Academy of Armored. From October 1941 to September 1942 had fought in the 23 Tank Brigade, and 8-Panzer Corps on the western front, occupying the post of deputy commander of a battalion of heavy tanks and Assistant Chief of the Intelligence Corps. Tyazheloranen in September 1942 under Karmanovo. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1955), . Red Star (1950), . medals "For Military Merit" (1945), . "For Defense of Moscow and four other medals, . and Mongolian Orders Sukhbaatar (1959) and of the Red Banner of degree 1 (1939).,
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Levin and prevented "Hero of the Soviet Union" Methodius Mikhailovich Kozlitin awarded on Aug. 29, 1939 for bravery and courage, . shown in the battles against Japanese invaders in Khalkhin-Gol.,
. In the postwar years, MM
. Kozlitin completed courses to improve the officers at the Military Academy of Armored. Dismissed from the Soviet Army on the disease. Colonel stock. Lived and worked in Saratov. He died in 1988.
On the night of July 3 19E9, the major Japanese forces secretly crossed to the western shore Khalkhin-Gol and captured Mount Bain-Cagan, dominating the surrounding area. The enemy began to move along the river bank, with intent to destroy, our units in the sand dunes on the eastern shore of Khalkha Gol. At 9 am, the Japanese were counterattacked the 2 nd Battalion, who followed in the vanguard of the 11 th Tank Brigade. Beat Soviet tank was irresistible. Japanese fled to the mountain top, where entrenched. Tank BT-5, commanded by Methodius Kozlitin, in this battle, destroyed three guns, light tanks and several machine guns of the enemy. Two days later, the Bain-Tsagan battle ended with the complete defeat of Japanese troops.
After the defeat in the r. Bain-Cagan Japanese in the first half of July took a number of strong attacks to break away from our part of the eastern shore Khalkhin Gol on the western. In these battles Kozlitin crew had to endure hardship.
Once in the course of exploration tank Kozlitin penetrated deep into the enemy positions. Unexpectedly fired anti-tank guns of the Japanese. Near walking tank on fire. Kozlitin ordered the driver-mechanic Polygalova at full speed to attack the battery. Sam opened fire with a machine gun on the radiating Japanese gunners.
The battery was destroyed, but from the valley to the right was hit carefully concealed enemy guns. The tank caught fire Kozlitin. In the lower hatch of the crew left the car, taking a light machine gun with four bullets and grenades discs.
Within four days Kozlitin and his friends roamed the Japanese rear. During the day hiding in the river Haylastin-Gol, masking sedge, and at night made their way westward, destroying a small group of enemy encounters. Eat grass. Once knocked out a young eagle and ate half-baked. On the fifth day the tankers came in the location of our troops.
Receiving the new tank BT-7, the crew Kozlitin participated in the August offensive, in which Soviet troops completed the destruction of 6-th of the Japanese Army. In this operation, the crew Kozlitin destroyed 2 tanks, 2 guns and several machine guns of the enemy.
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