(27. 1. 1916 - 7. 10. 1977)
E LVIRA A. Luppi, junior commander, gunner of the tank gun 91-Tank Battalion 20 th separate tank brigade, was born January 27, 1916 in g. Saratov. Russian. He graduated from the school factory school in Leningrad, he worked as a turner at the Baltic Shipyard in vesoremontnyh workshops. In 1941 he graduated from the Saratov Tank School. In the Red Army was in 1937 - 1943 respectively.
As part of the 7 th Army took part in Soviet - Finnish War 1939 - 1940. Since the beginning of World War II until March 5, 1943 fought on the Western, Bryansk, Voronezh and South-West, the front as commander of a tank platoon, company and battalion. Participated in the defense. Moscow, Voronezh, in the battles near Kharkov. In 1943 - 1945 he served in captivity. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1941) and two medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Eugene A. Luppova conferred, . January 15, 1940 for "exemplary performance of command assignments at the front against the Finnish White Guards and for displaying courage and heroism.",
. Fter the war EA
. Luppov - captain of the reserve, living in g. Sovetsk Kaliningrad region, worked as a fitter. Died Oct. 7, 1977.
T ank under the command of Lieutenant Basil Gruzdeva went head. Finns have prepared the tanks many surprises: anti-tank ditches, stone and concrete dragon's teeth, wood piles, mine fields. But nothing could stop the crew. Conducted a car mechanic-driver Michael Larchenko, sat in the turret gunner Eugene excellent Luppi, clung to the machine gun Boris Wolf and Michael Lobastov, leaned over the radio Carpet Simonian. Any of these pots had come to the aid of military technician Ivan Koval. In these hours the cohesion of the crew was as strong as a tank's armor, and clarity of the fighters could be compared with the normal work of the motor.
Suddenly the enemy armor banging bullets. Finns shot from a high hill, along the crest of which ran a solid log wall of the trench with a. Gruzdev ordered to open fire from all the towers. Tapped long bursts, followed by the Eugene Luppov hit from the gun to fire at. The tank burst at full speed to the height. Finns fled into the woods, leaving the hill more than a dozen corpses and broken Luppov gun.
Tankers moving forward, overcoming the swamps and marshes, large and small rivers. But on the third day Finns changed their tactics: they passed our tanks through their positions in the rear, and then met the infantry fire from machine guns and submachine. In connection with this crew Gruzdeva not once had to go back and destroy the weapon emplacements of the enemy, paving the way infantry.
December 6 tankers approaching a Finnish village, under Mr.. Raivola. Break into it on the road could not: the path was blocked by solid blockages of the huge boulders and age-old pines. Tankers moved to the bypass, the forest, breaking trees, climbing up the steep rocky climbs. Meanwhile, the Finns burned villages, destroyed all the cattle. Tankers and infantrymen situated at an altitude lunch. The village was empty. Suddenly from somewhere hit the machine gun. Several soldiers were wounded. The enemy fired from the only survivor in a village house. Projectile from the gun turret house was destroyed, and the gun fell silent. Infantrymen thanked Luppova for a lucky shot. However, this was not the first nor the last perfectly accurate shot Eugene Luppova.
The forest suddenly ended, and the tank burst into the clearing Gruzdeva. The opposite edge of the impacts of the enemy guns and machine guns. Sniper bullet landed in the sight glass, and it went dim. The next moment tank shuddered and stopped. The projectile penetrated the armor, disabled the management. Were wounded Koval and Larchenko and then Gruzdev. Luppov sent to the battery shell for shell, and disable one gun after another. In this unequal contest, he emerged victorious.
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