(1921 - 29. 4. 1944)
And van Mikhailovich Privalov, lieutenant, commander of the battery 76-millimeter cannon 933rd Infantry Regiment 254 th Infantry Cherkassy Red Banner Order of Suvorov Division, was born in 1921 in a
. Almazova Balashov District, Saratov Region. Russian. In October 1940, after graduating from high school he entered the military artillery school.
Since the beginning of World War II until April 1944 fighting in the North-West, Volkhov, Voronezh, Steppe and 2 of the First Ukrainian Front. Participated in the defense of Leningrad, Tikhvinskaia defeat the enemy, the liberation of Ukraine, Moldova and Romania. For military distinction was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1 st degree (1943), Red Star (1943) and the medal "For Defense of Leningrad".
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Ivan Mikhailovich Privalov conferred posthumously on Sept. 13, 1944 for bravery and courage in repelling the enemy's counterattack in the region r
. Iasi (Romania).
In 1944 troops esnoy 2-First Ukrainian Front raided a large group of enemy in Uman-Jassy direction, . reached the state border and released the first 800 settlements in the territory of Romania,
. Trying to stabilize the front, the enemy from the line Pacsani - Iasi paid a counterattack against our forces. Bitter battle in which took part and the battery Lieutenant Privalov, take up defensive positions on the outskirts of the Romanian village Drobazh at Jassy.
. On the morning of April 29 duty Privalov Observer reported on the approximation of enemy bombers
. Rang out: "Air!". The men hid in roviki. Privalov was at his observation post, near the first gun equipped, in the center location of the battery. "Junkers", built in a circle, one after the other dived on a nearby mortar battery. No sooner had bombed the first nine, as there was a second. At this time, the bombers dropped their deadly load on the battery Privalov. From large bomb blasts shook the earth. Firing position was clouded in smoke and fumes. But the Germans bombed accurately. Losses were minor: two soldiers were wounded household offices, located in the village. The first help they had Romanian farmers.
After the bombing began the brutal shelling. Batteries of the enemy were beaten and heights on the right, and the village, and, our artillery firing positions. Shells were exploding in densely location Privalovskaya battery. The men took refuge in the trenches, only observers closely observe the direction of the enemy.
From the south, the enemy planes came again, and again at the artillerymen with the howling and whistling bombs rained down. The guns of the second platoon was shrouded in smoke, lost touch with them.
At this time, a scout observer reported the appearance of enemy tanks. Privalov counted thirty. The tanks were on the village in two waves. Behind them came tommy.
Calculations loaded gun and waited for the team. However, the first shots at the enemy were made not by the team Privalov. Fire opened the second platoon, for which there was and on which the brunt of enemy bombers. From the first shot caught fire head tank. Immediately on the other team Privalov talking guns. Four enemy tanks, crawled to the top of the hill, were hit, the others decided not to continue the attack.
Now the T to the battery with thick chains went infantry. Gunners greeted her with shot. Germans lay. Privalov moved to the first gear and took the place of the said failure Gunner. On the battery moved 18 tanks, followed by infantry rose. Privalov set fire to two cars, killing tens of Fascists. When run out of ammunition, he and his men joined the melee and beat up as long as its not immediately an enemy bullet. In this battle, IM. Privalov personally destroyed 59 Nazi.
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