(6. 2. 1918 - 22. 11. 1943)
A LEXANDER Gerasimovich Kozlov, Guard Staff Sergeant, gunner guns 53rd Cavalry Regiment, 15 Guards Guards Cavalry Division. Born February 6, 1918 in d. Lyubovka Kalinin (formerly. Balandinskogo) district of Saratov region. Russian. With 14 years plasterer in Saratov, while he studied at an evening high school. In 1940 he was drafted into the Red Army.
During the Great Patriotic War - from its inception until November 1943 - fought in the West, Voronezh, South-West, Central and Belorussian fronts. Wounded in 1941.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Alexander Kozlov Gerasimovitch awarded on Dec. 24, 1943 for bravery and courage in crossing the River of Dreams and the battles for the retention of the bridgehead on the right bank of the Dnieper.
. November 22, 1943 in the fighting at the camp Vasilevichy Gomel region A.G
. Kozlov died the death of the brave. Was buried here. At the tomb of the hero was later installed a marble obelisk.
In the second half of September 1943 the troops of the Central Front in the battles moved to the Dnieper. On the favorable natural enemy lines put up stubborn resistance. Calculation of 45-millimeter gun, the gunner who was Kozlov, their fire destroyed the enemy firing points, hindering the advance of cavalry. Especially distinguished "sorokapyatchiki" 20 September 1943 in the battle for the liberation Kuchinovki near Chernigov. The Nazis turned the village into a major center of resistance. Under enemy fire, our cavalry entered the Kuchinovku, but after suffering losses, lay. The calculation of Kozlov was given swords squadron. In the hands of the rolling tool to open firing position, and Kozlov, one after the other destroyed three enemy machine guns and up to a platoon of infantry. Taking advantage of the weakening of the fire, the cavalry resumed their offensive and liberated the village.
The next day, our troops reached the river near the village of Dreams Smyach.
The river is narrow, but deep, Brod could not be found. The calculation of Kozlov has made a raft of logs and began to ship a weapon on the opposite bank. In the middle of the river from the exploding shells fascist raft capsized, the gun went down. Many times Kozlov dived into the icy water, trying to catch a rope gun. Finally, he succeeded. Force calculation and cavalry gun was pulled to shore. Citing a gun in order, Kozlov opened fire on enemy firing points and in a brief gun battle killed two mortars and a car with the Nazi soldiers. The regimental commander, Lieutenant Colonel Sysoev announced settlement gratitude and presented a brave gunner for the Order of the Red Banner.
. In pursuit of the enemy, cavalry crossed the Dnieper and many days were fierce battles for the expansion and retention of seized a bridgehead on the right bank of the river
. In impassable swamps gun Kozlova relentlessly followed in combat formations of the cavalry and his accurate fire ensured her successful action.
. 3 October 1943 the fascists in the area Kolybani and Zlodeevki thrown into a counterattack to an infantry regiment with two tanks
. Kozlov boldly engaged the enemy armored vehicles. Subcaliber projectiles at close range, he set fire to both tanks, and then suffered a fire on the infantry. Through skillful actions gunners counterattack was repulsed.
The next day, the Germans resumed their offensive. Despite huge losses, the Nazis went ahead. Dropped out down the gun commander, and the castle, but the calculation continued to fight. Kozlov and served as commander of the gun and gunner. During three days of uninterrupted fighting fire "EP," was destroyed two tanks and two platoons of infantry. All attacks were repulsed by the Nazis, bridgehead retained and expanded.
Sources: 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
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2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968