(5. 3. 1909 - 19. 10. 1994)
By onstantin G. Kuznetsov, junior commander, commander of the machine-gun at 15 th Infantry Regiment 49 th Infantry Division. Born March 5, 1909 in g. Balakovo Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from elementary school in 1926, and courses for junior lieutenants in 1940. In the Soviet Army was in 1931 - 1934 and 1940 - 1946 respectively.
Took part in the Russo-Finnish War 1939 - 1940 period. At the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, he graduated from the course "The Shot". From December 1943 to victory over Germany fought on 2 and 1 Ukrainian Front. He participated in the liberation of Ukraine, Moldova, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and destroying the enemy in Germany, the difference in Battle was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2 nd degree (1944), a medal for the liberation of Prague and two other medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Konstantin G. Kuznetsov was awarded on Apr. 7, 1940 for bravery and courage in battles with the White Finns on the Karelian isthmus.
. In 1946, K
. G. Kuznetsov demobilized from the Soviet Army. Captain of the reserve, he lived and worked in Mr.. Balakovo. Died Oct. 19, 1994.
The word, which was advancing the 15 th Regiment, were heavy. Around forests, lakes, deep snow. Stood frosts. We had to storm the Finnish defense in depth with pillboxes and bunkers, multi-row minefields and barbed wire. And each dot - is an underground fortress with cannons and machine guns, living quarters for the garrison, underground warehouses, food and ammunition. Polutorametrovye reinforced concrete walls and floors are made powerful pillboxes impervious to Field Artillery. Therefore, during the offensive, when it was not possible to destroy pillboxes, machine-gunners often had to suppress the firing point firing embrasures on DOTs. So it was Feb. 17, 1940 in the Lake Muolanyarvi. The advance units of a serious obstacle arose DOT. Under his fire fighters lay. The offensive stalled. Kuznetsov, the commander of a proposed action plan and began to implement. He secretly moved forward and with a distance of 200 feet, opened machine-gun fire from the embrasure pillbox. Enemy machine gun stopped. Arrows attacked the dot and captured it.
February 22 Infantry Battalion, which served Kuznetsov, was fighting for the height of pear. Opponent strong flanking fire of the infantry pressed to the ground. Firing point Finns were carefully concealed and does not screen. The companies suffered losses. The attack was impossible. In these moments Kuznetsov on his own initiative, moved with a machine gun on the right flank and destroy the enemy firing points. The battalion broke into the trenches of the enemy, and soon mastered the height Pear, dominant in the area.
At dusk Finns suddenly attacked a small copse, with small squad. We do not know what would have ended in a fight with a superior opponent, if the rescue of a handful of infantry not come machine-gun crew Kuznetsova. Fire at point-blank shot Kuznetsov was attacking. Kosogor covered with enemy corpses. Unable to withstand the rain of bullets, the Finns retreated to their original positions.
Stubborn fighting flared up on February 25. The battalion attacked the enemy and began to advance to the second defense zone. Suddenly, from the flank, he was attacked by the Finnish skiers. Arduous battle ensued, during which the calculation Kuznetsova captured officer destroyed 26 enemy soldiers.
"From 11 January to 3 March 1940, - says the awards sheet, - Comrade. Kuznetsov continuously engaged in offensive battle. In between battles, he tracked down the sniper rifle carefully masquerading on trees "cuckoo" and destroyed them. In the last days of fighting comrade. Kuznetsov has been promoted to the post commander's machine-gun platoon and successfully coped with all the combat missions. "
Sources: 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
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2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968