(29. 1. 1926)
In asil Romanovich Spirin, Corporal, arrows 5-Fourth Company 419 th Infantry Regiment, 18 Infantry Mga Red Banner Order of Suvorov Division. Born January 29, 1926 in d. Alexandria Ershovskogo District, Saratov Region. Russian. He graduated from the 6 classes of secondary schools and school FZU. Before conscription turner at one of the companies in g. Sverdlovsk.
In November 1943, was mobilized into the Red Army. From May to July 1944 had fought on the 3 rd Baltic and the Karelian Front. Participated in the liberation of Leningrad region and Karelia. Since July 1944 he studied at the frontline officers courses. In August - September 1945 participated in the war against Japan in the Far East. Twice wounded and bruised. For military distinctions awarded the medal "For Courage" (1944) and four other medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Vasili Romanovich Spirin awarded July 21, 1944 for bravery and courage in fighting for the liberation of South Karelia.
. In 1947 V.R
. Spirin Ordzhonikidzenskoe graduated from military school. In 1950, after a serious illness that has arisen due to a concussion at the front, demobilized from the Soviet Army. Retired Lieutenant. Invalid 2-nd group. He lived in a. Jary More Narym-district of East Kazakhstan region, worked in a kolkhoz projectionist VI. Lenin.
H astuplenie Soviet troops in South Karelia began June 21, 1944. Overcoming deep defenses of the enemy in preparation for about three years, 18 th Infantry Division on the first day of the operation came to a working village Podporozhye. The village of Upper Svirskaya HPS was a system of fortifications second line of enemy defenses, built on the northern bank of the river Svir. The approaches to the village were covered by artillery and machine guns, as well as dense minefields and barbed wire. Vasily Spirin, acting as part of his department, engineering a pair of scissors did pass a three-row wire fence and the signal of attack one of the first burst in the trench of the enemy. Machine-gun fire and grenades, he destroyed a group of enemy infantry with light machine guns, cleared the 40-meter section of the trench and move a company forward. On this day, our troops stormed the village Podporozhye and went to the river Svir.
On the morning of June 22 began forcing river. Under cover of artillery fire a powerful part of our roll out on the shore. Spirin ran into a crumbling house, grabbed lying near the entrance door and jumped into the water. The enemy's fire intensified. One after another perished comrades. Wounded, Spirin slid the raft into the water and, holding the door handle, he continued to swim to shore. Soon, under his feet, he felt the bottom. Fountain of machine-gun fire went up very close. Basil for a few seconds, plunged into the water and walked away. Poking his head out of the water, went to the bank, which was already near. Running out on the land, Spirin lay low for a boulder and looked around. He determined that it had drifted over to the far side of the intended point of collection. Crawling and rushes along the shore Spirin reached the landmark, where he met three of his comrades. The captain was not among them, the men joined the neighboring platoon, and with it attacked the enemy.
Fire a machine gun and hand grenades Spirin killed three and wounded several enemy soldiers. Moving along the trench, a brave soldier met a fascist officer in a duel with him, came out a winner. But the gun was still firing. Spirin crawled to the bunker and one after the other threw two embrasure "pineapples". Calculation of machine gun had been destroyed. Unit 419-th regiment had the opportunity to continue speeding up river.
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