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Mikhail Kopylov

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(5. 9. 1907 - 28. 12. 1983)

M ihail V. Kopylov, Lieutenant Colonel, Chief of Political Section 318-th Infantry Division Novorossiysk. Born September 5, 1907 in a. Border Novouzensk District, Saratov Region. Russian. He graduated from the College Road in 1935. In the prewar years was director vehicle maintenance, instructor and head of the department of the Astrakhan Party Committee, first secretary of the district committee and secretary of the CPSU okruzhkoma. In the Soviet Army was in 1929 - 1931 and 1941 - 1947 respectively.

From August 1942 until December 1943 had fought in the Transcaucasian and North Caucasian Front. Participated in the defense and liberation of the Caucasus, the liberation of the Crimea. Seriously injured and suffered a concussion in December 1943. For military distinctions awarded the Order of Lenin (1943), the Red Banner (1943), the medal "For Defense of the Caucasus" and three other medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Mikhail Vasilyevich Kopylov awarded May 16, 1944 for bravery and courage, . shown in the battle for Eltagenskom bridgehead, . and capable leadership at the divisional breakout area r,
. Kerch in connection with the 56-th army.

After curing in the hospital Kopylov was found partially fit for military service and was appointed chief of the Political Department of the Saratov political and military schools. In 1947, for health reasons was forced to resign from the Soviet Army. Worked the second and first secretary of Party Committee of the Astrakhan. From 1951 to 1954 he studied at the Higher Party School of the Central Committee, after which heads the department Party Committee and Chairman of the Regional Council of Trade Unions.

In 1963, M. V. Kopylov was awarded the Order of Red Banner of Labor. Retired colonel, a retired union values. Died Dec. 28, 1983.

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Fter the release of the Taman peninsula in front of 318-th Infantry Division was tasked with the first to force the Kerch Strait, . foothold in the region Eltigen and ensure that the landing of the main forces landing 18-Army,
. Carrying out this difficult task, part of the division embarked on ships of the Black Sea Fleet and rassvete1 November 1943 landed in a designated area. By the end of the day the bridgehead was expanded to 6 kilometers wide and up to 2 kilometers in depth.

The enemy dropped to 2 thousand paratroopers, two infantry divisions, reinforced by tanks. War - novorossiytsy along with two battalions of sailors rescued in this day, 20 counter, and in subsequent days lost count of them.

. Head of the Political Division, Lieutenant Colonel Kopylov most of the time was among the fighters on the front lines, all showing an example of fearlessness and courage
. He skillfully organized political work in the smaller units, ensured timely delivery of the fighters food, ammunition, newspapers and leaflets which described the exploits of heroes Eltigen bridgehead.

. Despite the superiority in strength, the Germans were unable to reset the landing in the sea
. Then they decided to take the attrition of our soldiers, organizing naval and air blockade springboard. From the Reed-Burunskiy bay every night exit 7 - 8 German self-propelled barges, to block access to our boats to the shore. Antiaircraft fire prevented the enemy of our aircraft to ensure the supply unit through the air.


. Colonel Kopylov personally led the assault landing group, which on December 4 broke through the front of the enemy, came to Kerch, captured Mount Mithridates. In these battles Kopylov showed not only brilliant organizational skills, but also great courage. Badly wounded, shell-shocked and blinded by grenade fragments, he continued to lead the fight to the long lost consciousness.


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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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