(4. 4. 1923)
G AIGA Fyodorovich Platonov, Guard Captain, commander of the squadron of 62-th Guards Cavalry Regiment, 16 th Guards Cavalry Division, was born April 4, 1923 in g. Khvalynskoye Saratov region. Russian. Graduated from high school in 1941. Orenburg cavalry school in 1942 and the Higher Officer's Cavalry School in 1943.
From July 1942 until the victory over Germany in World War II fought in the West and the 1 st Belorussian fronts. Participated in the battles of Sychovka and Rzhev, the release of Belarus, Poland, defeating the enemy in Germany. Thrice wounded. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2 nd degree (1943), Red Arrivals (1944), medals "For the capture of Berlin", "For the liberation of Warsaw," and five other medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Georgy Fyodorovich Platonov awarded March 24, 1945 for bravery and courage, . displayed in the battles for the liberation of Polish cities TomaszцЁw, . Yankuv, . Jarocin and as they crossed the River Oder.,
. In March 1946, G.F
. Platonov sickness was dismissed from the army reserve. Lived in Mr.. Khvalynskoye, worked in the trade network, graduated from the Higher Business School Tsentrsoyuza. In 1951 he returned to the Soviet Army. He worked in the local military administration.
In mid-January 1945 troops of the 1 st Belorussian Front had broken through enemy defenses on the bridgeheads over the Vistula river and proceeded to prosecute. January 17 as part of its compound was introduced into the breach Cavalry Regiment, which served as Platonov. His squadron the next day with a run crossed the river Pilica, overcame five lines of trenches and broke into Mr.. TomaszцЁw. Cavalrymen came to the western outskirts of the city, cut off the highway, coming to Lodz, and thereby accelerate the release of TomaszцЁw from the Nazis.
Four days later the squadron Platonova, acting in the vanguard, the sudden attack took Mr.. Yankuv. In a brief skirmish cavalry destroyed 2 cars, 45 Nazis, captured 19 prisoners and a food warehouse.
January 25 squadron Platonova approached Mr.. Jarocin. Exploration has found that the city is defended garrison of 600 SS. By order of the commander of the squadron gunners fired a short raids on the enemy entrenched in the gardens. A squadron of cavalry burst into the city, destroying one tank, three cars and over a hundred Nazis, including one general who crushed the head of the SS, captured 61 soldiers and a lieutenant colonel. To help the squadron arrived, other units of the regiment, and the city was liberated.
At dawn on January 30 guardsmen Platonova began crossing over the Oder River between the villages of Lozц¬re and Feret. The horses were left in the rear, cavalrymen acted on foot. They crossed the river roll on thin ice, obili military outposts of the enemy on the coastal height, and then captured the villages Eyhvaldau and Yanni. Soon came here the other squadrons of the regiment, mortar and anti-nstrebitelno battery. The enemy counterattacked with a large force of cavalry, surrounded them, cut off from the headquarters of the regiment. Because of damage to a radio station surrounded by units lost contact with his staff. Command of the regiment took over Platonov. Guardsmen fought like lions. They repulsed all enemy attacks, but by the end of January 31 the situation was difficult: ran out of ammunition, there were many wounded. Platonov decided to break through to his.
The Nazis believed that the cavalry strike to the east, towards the Oder, and in this area have concentrated their main forces. However Platonov outwitted the enemy. In the evening squads began attacking in a westerly direction, broke through the barriers of weak enemy, and then abruptly turned 180 degrees and a few hours later, using the forest mask, entered the compound with their units. During two days of fighting, surrounded by guards under the command of Platonov destroyed over 650 enemy soldiers and officers.
Sources: 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
. V.2. M.: Voeniz.1988.
2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968