(18. 11. 1925)
H ikolay Fedorovich Prokhorov, second lieutenant, commander of self-propelled artillery system in 1438 the first self-propelled artillery the Sign of the Red Banner Order of Suvorov Regiment, was born November 18, 1925 in a
. Galakhova Ekaterinovskaya district of Saratov region. Russian. After 8 years of schooling he worked on the farm. In 1943 he was drafted into the Red Army. He graduated from the Kiev military school self-propelled artillery.
From November 1943 until the victory over Germany in World War II fought against the Nazi invaders on 2 and 3 of the First Ukrainian Front. He participated in the liberation of Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary, defeating the enemy on the territory of Austria. Wounded and bruised. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Patriotic War 1 and 2 nd degree (1944 - 2), medals "For Service in Battle" (1954), "For the capture of Budapest" and four other medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Nikolay F. Prokhorov was awarded on Mar. 24, 1945 for bravery and courage in fighting for the liberation of Romania.
. War N.F
. Prokhorov graduated from the battery commander. In 1955 with the rank of lieutenant and was discharged from the Soviet Army in reserve. Lived and worked in Mr.. Saratov.
August 20, 1944, Soviet troops began Iasi-Kishinev offensive operation. During the two days of fighting had broken into the tactical zone of defense, and our troops streamed into Rumania, freeing from Nazi occupiers Romanian villages and cities. "Now the main task of troops 2 and 3rd. Ukrainian fronts - said in a directive from the Supreme Command on 21 August, - is that the combined efforts of the two fronts quickly close the encirclement of the enemy in the area Husi ... "
. Second Lieutenant Prokhorov was unaware of the directive headquarters, but was well aware of their combat mission: as soon as possible to reach the Prut, connect with the troops of the 3rd Ukrainian Front, and got caught in the grip of Iasi-Chisinau enemy group
. Moving forward and clearing the way for our troops, gunners destroyed by fire tanks, machine guns, antitank guns. August 24 self-propelled gun Prokhorov broke through to the western edge of g. Husi. From the crest of the hill Prokhorov saw a column of the enemy, marching from the city in the south-west direction, and decided to attack. Having caught up with the wagon, followed in the wake of the column, Prokhorov began to push their tracks of their self-propelled guns, opened fire simultaneously from gun to gun battery and motor vehicles. The fire from close range was accurate, each shell found purpose. Expand guns Nazis could not, because on either side of the road were deep ditches. The Germans began to flee in panic. Gunners poured fire from submachine guns. A few minutes later arrived, our tanks and completed the rout of the enemy column. A quarter of an hour the crew Prokhorov killed 5 guns, 11 vehicles, 2 tractors with trailers, 17 wagons with cargo and more than 50 enemy soldiers and officers.
On this day, the troops of the two fronts met in the area Leovo. In the "cauldron" has got 18 enemy divisions. It was another Stalingrad.
Prokhorov, along with the regiment crossed the entire Romania. For 36 days, the operation of its self-propelled gun was more than 750 kilometers to the west of Sept. 24, Mr.. Arad joined the Hungarian territory. Planting fresh reserves, the enemy stepped up the resistance and in some places strong counterattacks halted the promotion of Soviet troops. One such counter-Nazis have taken in the Hungarian village Kiralhedvesh, where he held the defense of our gunners. In the direction of installation Prokhorov moved four tanks with infantry. Self-propelled gun was well camouflaged, and the Nazis did not notice it. Prokhorov, who started at the opponent's 80 - 100 meters and suddenly opened fire. Three shots he hit three tanks, four sharply turned around and managed to hide behind the bend in the road. Having shot the tanks, gunners hit the enemy infantry, destroying it with fire, crushed caterpillars.
. About puts on the battlefield three tanks and 30 dead, the Nazis retreated.
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