(18. 6. 1924)
B Loris G. Sorokin, junior sergeant, commander of the gun 9 Artillery Regiment, 72 th Infantry Division. Born June 18, 1924 in g. Balashov, Saratov region. Russian. Graduated Rtischevskoe railway school, before being called up for military service he worked as a fitter in locomotive depot Balashov.
In 1942 - 1945 he served in the Soviet Army, fought at Leningrad and 1 Ukrainian Front. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2 nd degree (1944), the medal "For Defense of Leningrad" and four other medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Boris Sorokin was awarded July 21, 1944 for valor and courage, . shown in repelling a counterattack enemy tanks on the outskirts of g,
D emobilizovavshis from the army, BG. Sorokin graduated from the Saratov Law Institute. Lived in Mr.. Astrakhan, worked in policing.
In June 1944, troops of the Leningrad front, with the assistance of the Baltic Fleet launched an offensive to defeat the enemy on the Karelian Isthmus
. Using the old building the Mannerheim Line, the enemy stubbornly resisted. Fights were serious, were abundant in a fierce battle.
At the village Kuterselkya path advancing small unit blocked a powerful enemy dvuhambrazurny DOT. On the destruction of the bunker there was nothing to think: there was no heavy artillery, explosives - also. Calculation of 76-millimeter gun, the gunner who was Sorokin, task was to fire on the pillbox embrasures and guns to destroy enemy manpower. Under cover of shrubs, the calculation has rolled out a gun on the open firing position and opened a sudden fire. The first round, hitting the top of the bunker, ricochet. The Nazis opened fire with machine guns, but gun shield reliably covered the calculation of defeat. Sorokin had brought a weapon more accurately, and the second shell landed in the embrasure pillbox. Enemy machine guns were silent, but for the reliability Sorokin embrasures fired three more rounds. Our infantry successfully attacked the enemy. Of managing Sorokin DotA found six dead and eight frightened Finnish soldiers hiding in a compartment for ammunition.
Soon after the Nazis launched a counterattack. The battery, which served Sorokin, moved 15 enemy tanks. Duel ensued. Four shells hit the tanks. Tanks concentrated fire on the battery. Sorokin chose the head tank, fired two shots, but missed. Third shell tore caterpillar enemy machine, and it whirled in place, substituting their guns under fire from board. Another projectile, and the tank, wrapped in smoke, burned. In the meantime, another enemy tank at full speed rushed into the next weapon. Sorokin had hit him just twenty meters from the gun.
Gunners, too, suffered losses. Incapacitated calculation of the third instrument. Were seriously wounded the battery commander, platoon commander and commander of the gun. Sorokin cannon blast was thrown to the side, turned. Gunner deafened, covered with earth, but he quickly recovered from a mild concussion and took over command of the remaining platoon gunners.
Lull. On the battlefield, burning 8 enemy tanks, the rest retreated to their starting positions. But Sorokin knew that the enemy will not rest on this. Along with the surviving companions, he put in order the only serviceable cannon, gathered ammunition and prepared to repel the enemy.
At this time the Germans abandoned the battle, two heavy tank. One of them managed to destroy Sorokin, another went into hiding. But at this time right into a handful of gunners rushed to the enemy infantry. Rapidly deploying an instrument, Sorokin-blank shot, hit the fascists. His time supported the suddenly revived gun neighboring platoon. The Nazis did not stand the quick-fire and retreated.
Sorokin had occupied positions until reinforcements arrived.
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