(20. 8. 1914 - 7. 8. 1957)
And Alexis Ivanovich Kupriyanov, Petty Officer second article, machine gunner 384 th Battalion Marines. Born August 20, 1914 in g. Saratov in a working class family. Russian. He graduated from the seven-year school. In the Soviet Army was in 1935 - 1937 and 1941 - 1945 respectively.
During the Great Patriotic War, fought in the armies of the South, Crimea, North Caucasus, 4 and 3rd Ukrainian Fronts. Participated in the defense of Odessa, Sevastopol, Novorossiysk, the release of the Caucasus, the Crimea and Ukraine. For military distinction was awarded the Order of Glory 3rd degree (1944), medals "For Military Merit" (1943), "For the Defense of Sevastopol" and two other medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Alexei Ivanovich Kupriyanov awarded April 20, 1945 for courage and heroism, . shown in a landing operation during the liberation of the city of Mykolayiv.,
. In the postwar years, AI
. Kupriyanov lived in Nikolaev. Severe concussion and wounds received in battle, have undermined the health of the hero. August 7, 1957 he died.
With mong the many examples of courage, . resistance, . valor and heroism, . displayed by the Soviet soldiers and officers in the Great Patriotic War, . feat landing detachment of seamen under the command of Lieutenant CYP,
. Olshansky holds a special place. The structure of this order involves 55 sailors, volunteers, among whom was the AI. Kupriyanov. Later in the unit were included 12 engineers and signalers one part of the 3rd Ukrainian Front.
On the night of March 26, 1944 near the village of Oktyabrskoe unit plunged to the boat and, hugging the left bank of the Southern Bug, started off. The landing went unnoticed in the port of Nikolayev, silently withdrew hostile guards and perimeter defense took the elevator in the building and adjoining buildings. Rest of the night the sailors used to prepare for the upcoming battle. Alexey Kupriyanov, a group of soldiers took up defensive positions in the building of the shed near the office of the port.
At dawn the Germans found paratroopers and one after another have made several attacks. Initially, the Nazis marched in the growth. Allowing them to close distance, Kupriyanov, and his friends opened fire with machine. Chains Nazis melted in her eyes.
Pulling up in the battle area to an infantry regiment with tanks, mortars and artillery, the Germans in the middle of the day made another attempt to break the resistance of the landing. Incendiary projectiles, they set fire to the barn, and the office Kupriyanova moved to the office. Fire and smoke created great difficulties, but the paratroopers continued to fight. Joyful consciousness that forces the 3rd Ukrainian Front took the offensive and approaching the city, gave them new strength. Sailors held their positions, inflicting heavy losses.
The night of 28 March, a group of fascists of about 15 people secretly leaked to the office building and suddenly tried to attack the sailors. Previously, others saw danger Alexey Kupriyanov. The label burst of machine he slew the two Nazis and threw a grenade at the fleeing soldiers in the stairwell. To help him rushed to the other machine gunners, and the entire enemy team to embark on a night sortie, was destroyed.
. Before his departure from Nikolaev fascists during the last attack used poison gas and flame-throwing tanks
. But they never managed to break the resistance of commandos, forcing them to lay down arms. Soviet sailors had fought for two days, beat off 18 attacks, tying down a large enemy forces, and thereby facilitated the release of our troops Nikolaev.
March 28 forces the 3rd Ukrainian Front, broke into the city. Towards them from the destroyed and burning buildings left port 12 wounded and burned sailors. Among the heroes was miraculously survived and Alexei Kupriyanov.
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