(11. 7. 1924 - 26. 10. 1943)
P employee Tihonovich Ponomarev, Guard soldier, gunner, 45-millimeter guns 334-th Guards Rifle Regiment, 120 Guards Red Banner Rifle Division, was born July 11, 1924 in a. Kurdyumov Tatischevskogo district of Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from the 7 classes of the school N 22.
In 1942 he was mobilized into the Red Army. In July - October 1943, fought in the Bryansk, Central and Belorussian fronts. Participated in the liberation of Orel and Bryansk regions and eastern regions of Belarus. For military distinction was awarded the medal "For Courage" (1943).
. W tion of Hero of the Soviet Union Pyotr Tikhonovich Ponomarev conferred posthumously on Jan. 15, 1944 for the steadfastness, courage and heroism in repelling counterattacks by enemy infantry and tanks.
. The hero was buried in e
. Rabovichi Slavgorod district, Mogilev region. The name of the hero is also named streets in Minsk and Saratov.
In mid-October 1943 Right-wing forces of the Byelorussian Front, using the captured bridgeheads on the right bank of the river and Pronya Sozh, launched an offensive in the direction of Bobruisk
. Since the beginning of the fighting here had protracted. Planting fresh reserves, based on the advantageous natural boundaries, the enemy put up stubborn resistance, often passed into a counterattack by large forces of infantry and tanks. For example, on Oct. 26, 1943 in the d. Rabovichi opponent has taken nine counterattacks against the advancing this 334-Guards Regiment. The reflection of these counter-Nazis and made his immortal feat Peter Ponomarev.
It was the afternoon. The Nazis went to the sixth counterattack. They were thrown into battle three heavy tank with the gunmen and several self-propelled artillery. The main attack of the enemy fell in the direction of anti-tank gun, gunner, which was Peter Ponomarev.
Gunners did not flinch before the superior enemy. Initially, they opened fire with fragmentation bombs in infantry. For heavy tanks to shoot from long distances was useless. Thick armor of steel Gromadin could break out "EP," only at close range.
Voltage battle grew with each minute. Our infantry rifle and machine gun fire repelled tommy. By counterattacking team fired artillery and indirect fire from across the river. The infantry of the enemy was soon pressed to the ground, but the tanks continued to slowly approach the gun Peter Ponomarev, disguised near one of the houses.
In the midst of battle near the cannon exploded enemy mine. Fragments of its Ponomarev was wounded in the arm. Killed two of his comrades. The platoon commander in a coherent suggested Ponomarev evacuate to the rear. Peter refused, saying: "The guardsmen from the battlefield do not go. I will fight to the last drop of blood ". With these words he fired at approaching him tank. Shell while and ended up in the tower, but the ricochet and damage to the tank is not brought.
Enemy tank crews noticed our gun and opened fire on him. Bleeding, fighting the pain, Ponomarev Nazi tank ignited and continued to fire from the infantry and machine guns until the enemy until the weight was not interrupted life hero.
. In this two days of fighting - 25 and 26 October - Ponomariov destroyed four tanks, two armored personnel carriers and up to two hundred nazis
. "EP," N 27660, gunner who was Ponomarev, then participated in many battles, the guardsmen-gunners came with her to Berlin.
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