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Yevgeny Lazarev Kuzmich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(25. 2. 1918 - 4. 12. 1942)

E LVIRA Kuzmich Lazarev, the soldier, the mechanic-driver of the tank 6 Tank Brigade. Born February 25, 1918 in Samara, in a working class family. Russian. Primary Education. In 1933 - 1935 he worked as a fitter at the plant "Metalist" in g. Volsk, in 1935 - 1938 years - second assistant engineer on board the "Yerevan" Middle-Volga river shipping company.

In September 1938 he was drafted into the Red Army. In July - September 1939 in Khalkhin Gol took part in battles with the Japanese.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Eugene Lazarev Kuzmich awarded on Nov. 17, 1939 for bravery and courage, . demonstrated during the rescue of the commander's tank and crew in the battle of the Khalkhin-Gol.,

. Fter fighting Khalkhin Gol Lazarev was appointed commander of the tank
. In May 1940 he entered Orlovskoe Tank School. He graduated in September 1941, served as a platoon commander in the 30-m reserve tank regiment and the 24-m individual academic Tank Battalion. In June 1942, has already left for the South-Western Front. Participated in the Battle of Stalingrad. December 4, 1942 in the battle at x. Perelazovsky died a heroic death. At the grave monument. In the name of the hero is named one of the streets g. Volsk.

August 24, 1939 Japanese forces east Khalkhin Gola were surrounded by Soviet troops. To break the encirclement, the Japanese command nominated from Hailar 14 th Infantry Brigade. Two regiments of the brigade attacked the infantry units in the Great Sands. In support of our infantry was advanced 6-Tank Brigade. 126 August tankers moved to counterattack. In the combat ranks battalion led his tank T-26 and a driver Yevgeny Lazarev. Through a narrow slit on the background of sand hills, he saw a yellow-green figures of Japanese soldiers. Those that went ahead, were carrying long bamboo poles. Lazarev knew: this is suicide. On the way tanks are scattered mines tied to a long pole.

Now Lazarev clearly saw three suicide crept across his car. He went to the Japanese zigzag and stepped on their tracks.

From the sandy hill on which the tanks came a beautiful overview of lying at the bottom of the valley, along which the east column of enemy infantry with artillery. The tank crew opened fire, adding speed, rushed at the enemy. Lazarev sent its tanks to artillery battery. Japanese uncoupled from the towing cannons deployed them in the direction of our tanks, but the fire did not have time. Lazarev overturned a gun and abruptly swung, ran into another frame. Two guns were crushed neighboring crews.

Among the Japanese rose unimaginable panic. Surviving samurai with wild cries ran in different directions. Tankers were close upon them, crushed caterpillars, were shot with machine guns.

In the midst of battle tank battalion commander Captain Kopcova broke away in the location of the enemy and was hit. With torn caterpillar he spun helplessly on the ground. Meanwhile, other crews, having exhausted his ammunition and fuel, went to the assembly point. Japanese attacked from three sides Kopcova. The crew returned fire until the last possible.

Eight hours were tankers in the sediment tank. By evening the Japanese began putting a tank of straw and brushwood, intending to set fire to it. But to carry out his treacherous scheme they failed. Because of the sandy hills suddenly jumped a Soviet tank. He is on the move led by Japanese fire from the cannon and machine guns. It was conducted by the best driver-mechanic Battalion Yevgeny Lazarev. Approaching the car Kopcova it under heavy rifle and machine gun fire of the enemy jumped out of the hatch and threw a tow chain on the hook command tank.

. A few minutes Lazarev pribuksiroval car Kopcova to the location of his battalion
. Tank and crew were rescued.


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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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