(7. 4. 1921 - 27. 8. 1959)
H ikolay Mikhaylovich Reshetnikov, captain, commander of the 1 st Battalion 25 Panzer Kirovograd twice Red Banner Order of Suvorov Brigade, was born April 7, 1921 in a. Agafonevke Petrograd district of the Saratov Region. Russian. He graduated from the two courses Novouzensk veterinary college and the Orenburg military tank school. In the Soviet Army was in 1939 - 1959 respectively.
From November 1941 until the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War, fought in the West, Steppenwolf, 2-m Ukrainian, 1 st Baltic I 3-Byelorussian fronts. He took part in the operations of the initial period of war, the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, defeating the enemy on the territory of East Prussia. Wounded and bruised. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1945), World War 2 nd degree (1943), two Orders of Red Star (1943, 1954), medals "For Service in Battle" (1949), "For the capture of KцTnigsberg" and three other medals .
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Nikolay Mikhaylovich Reshetnikov awarded March 24, 1945 for bravery and courage, . shown in crossing the river Minia (Lithuania) and exit to the sea coast at Palanga.,
. After the war, NM
. Reshetnikov served in the Soviet Army, had the rank of colonel. Died Aug. 27, 1959.
Fter the breakthrough in Memele direction, October 6, 1944 was introduced in the battle 5 th Guards Tank Army, which served Reshetnikov. Rain and muddy roads hampered the offensive. However, Soviet tankers, overcoming strong resistance, the previously prepared intermediate lines, continued to make its way to the sea coast. October 7th Battalion Reshetnikova broke through with a rush the enemy defenses in the area Zharenay and the next day relieved the city Plunge. The road tankers blocked the river Minia. On its west bank of the Nazis managed to organize the defense. Reshetnikov has discovered a ford. Some of the tanks he exhibited at the edge of the forest for direct fire, and with the rest of the car began crossing the river. In the hot battle tank crews destroyed two anti-tank guns and shot down the enemy with the coastal hills.
. Nazi command at any cost has decided not to allow withdrawal of our troops to the Baltic Sea and retain the railroad Memel (Klaipeda) - Libau (Liepaja)
. Planting reserves, the Nazis organized the defense of the city Kretinga. Battalion Reshetnikova tried to move to overthrow the enemy, but lost one tank, had to stay on the edge of the forest near the village of Grishka. But after half an hour, explaining their companies combat missions, Reshetnikov again led the battalion in the attack. At maximum speed, firing cannons and machine guns, tank men overran the enemy and broke through to the railway Memel - Libau. Here, in the villages and Rudatse Ushpelki, they suddenly attacked by a large column of enemy tanks and vehicles, retreating to the sea. Fire and caterpillars tankers routed the enemy and the first in the Army reached the Baltic Sea near the resort town of Palanga. Soon there came the main forces of the brigade, and the success of the vanguard was hooked.
. With the release of parts of the 1 st Baltic Front on the Baltic Sea has been won a major victory: Army Group North were cut off, lost land link with East Prussia.
. For five continuous days of intense fighting, the battalion captain Reshetnikov was 150 kilometers, and freed more than 200 settlements and 500 civilians, prepared for shipment to Germany
. During this time, the tankers destroyed 18 enemy tanks, including 13 types of "tiger", 6 artillery shells, 7 mortar batteries, 2 armored personnel carriers, 32 vehicles, 68 vehicles with military equipment, 120 horses and more than 250 Nazis. Personally captain Reshetnikov in these battles destroyed 4 tanks "Tiger", 1 self-propelled gun "Ferdinand, 12 vehicles and 45 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