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BOILER Nikolai

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(19. 12. 1922)

H ikolay V. boilers, lieutenant, commander of 1 st Company 429 th Infantry Regiment, 52 th Infantry Division. Born December 19, 1922 in a. Bagaevke Saratov region Saratov region. Russian. Lower secondary education. Prior military service he worked on the farm.

In 1941 - 1944 he served in the Red Army. From August 1942 until April 1944 had fought in the North Caucasus, the Steppe, 2 and 3 of the First Ukrainian Front. Participated in the defense of the Caucasus, the liberation of Ukraine and Moldova. Double seriously wounded. For military distinction was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1 st degree (1944), the medal "For Valiant Labor in the Great Patriotic War 1941 - 1945." and two other medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin, I Gold Star Medal "Nikolai Vasilyevich Kotlova awarded on Sept. 13, 1944 for bravery and courage, . shown in crossing the Dniester, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the west bank of the River.,

. In December 1944, NV
. Kotlov for health reasons, was fired from the Soviet Army. Returning to Bagaevku, worked as secretary of the party organization of the collective farm, then moved to permanent residence in Saratov. Retired Lieutenant. Disabled veteran 3rd Party. He worked as plant controller at the factory "Hammer and Sickle.

We Troma April 12, 1944 429 th regiment went to the village Bychek Dniester Tiraspol area and began preparing crossing the river. The width of the Dniester River in these areas does not exceed hundreds of meters, but the depth was a big ferry and ford excluded. In the village, we found four old boats, rafts of logs put together.

On the night of April 13, began forcing the river. First crossed to the west bank deputy company commander, Lieutenant boilers with a group of men. Strongly attacking the enemy, not expecting our attack, infantrymen captured the first trench and broke into the eastern outskirts of large Moldovan village Gura-Bakulay. During the melee in the gardens of the village was badly wounded commander of the 1-th company. The Nazis made a counterattack by superior forces and began to push our men to the river. At this point Kotlov assumed command of a company. With a pistol in his hand, he ran forward and with a loud "Hurray!" led soldiers in counter. The enemy was driven to the western outskirts of the village. In this battle, a company of the Nazis destroyed the 35, six of them shot with a pistol boilers.

In the afternoon the Germans started heavy shelling of positions held by a company Kotlova. After a half-hour artillery preparation before the battalion moved into the enemy's attack. The Nazis believed that after an intense artillery fire, our defense reliably suppressed, and went into growth. Kotlov Nazis who started the chain of 200 - 300 meters. Roth struck out once all the guns and submachine. The enemy's chain has been completely skewed.

The next day the company resumed the offensive. Moving forward interfered powerful DoT, carefully camouflaged on the hill to the right of the village. Crawled toward the pillbox fighter Michael Raldudin. Approaching fiery embrasures bunker, he threw a grenade into one of them. Machine guns were silent, but then began to ring with even greater ferocity. Another grenade was thrown into the open door of the bunker, Raldudin destroyed the enemy machine gunners. Roth Kotlova liberated village Gura-Bykulay and drove the Nazis to the west.

April 16 Kotlova fighters approached the unnamed height, took it and ordered the commander of the battalion were secured. The enemy pulled reserves and made a strong counterattack. Lieutenant Kotlov was wounded by an explosive bullet in the knee joint, but did not leave the battlefield until the enemy's counterattack was not reflected.


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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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