(12. 8. 1913 - 26. 6. 1944)
M ihail Kondratievich Tereshchenko, lieutenant, company commander, 617 th Infantry Regiment 199 th Infantry Division, Smolensk. Born August 12, 1913 in the village. State Farm N 93 Engels district of Saratov region. Ukrainetz. Graduated from the 7 classes and courses for junior lieutenants. In 1935 - 1937 he served in the Soviet Army.
During the Great Patriotic War - from September 1942 to June 1944 - fought at Stalingrad, the West and 2-Byelorussian fronts. Has participation in the Battle of Stalingrad, the release of the Smolensk region and the eastern regions of Belarus. Double shot: 11 November 1942 and March 22, 1944. For military distinction was awarded the Order of the Red Star (1944) and the medal "For Defense of Stalingrad.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Mikhail Tereshchenko Kondratyevich posthumously awarded March 24, 1945 for courage and bravery shown during the breakthrough and the Dnieper crossing in the vicinity of Mogilev.
June 23, 1944, Soviet troops launched an offensive in Belarus
. The regiment, which included fighting Tereshchenko, the first day of the operation broke the enemy defenses at a depth of 4 - 5 miles. Using pre-prepared lines of defense, numerous rivers and wooded and marshy area, the Germans put up a stubborn resistance, often taking a counterattack against our attacking units. Fierce fighting did not die neither night nor day.
On the night of June 24 in the region of Dr. Suslovki in the location of the regiment was leaked a group of 17 machine gunners of the enemy. Rothe Lieutenant Tereshchenko has been tasked to neutralize the Nazi saboteurs. An ambush, the company eliminated 15 and captured in a plaid two Nazi soldiers.
The next day, a company in the region of Dr Tereshchenko. Hankovichi was introduced in the first echelon. The Germans made a strong counterattack. At the company moved more battalions of infantry and tanks. Our soldiers did not flinch and bravely went into battle with the superior forces of the enemy. Machine-gun fire from tanks, they cut off the infantry, forced her to lie down. However, the enemy tanks shortly after all broke into the location of company. In the struggle with them to take all the fighters. Anti-tank grenades, they blew the tanks and their crews who tried to flee, killed by machine-gun fire. Roth Tereshchenko in this battle, but three tanks, destroyed more than a platoon of infantry and captured the four Nazi officers.
Moving west, the company Tereshchenko June 26 first came to the Dnieper. On the west bank of the river the enemy was well-prepared positions, covering the railway ROKADA Mogilev - Orsha, these positions, he decided to keep any cost. That's why, when our soldiers went to the river, they were literally covered with shells and mines. On the Dnieper crossing afternoon there was nothing to think.
In the evening the bombardment subsided, but the enemy does not vigilance. With the help of rockets, he made a real fireworks, lighting up your beach and coastal plyos. However Tereshchenko outwitted the Nazis. He previously ferried to the opposite bank of the three fighters who held out for a captured two-wire cable attached to the three rafts fitted with a stuffed. Disguised in the bush, the soldiers at the signal Tereshchenko pulled the rafts to the western shore. The Germans became alarmed and started on false crossing artillery and heavy machine-gun fire. Water seethed from explosions. Although long been broken wires, broken into pieces hastily put together rafts, the Germans did not cease-fire. Meanwhile Tereshchenko half a kilometer from the false crossing almost without firing a shot from the Nazis forced the Dnieper in the most awkward place where the enemy least expected it.
. In ysadivshis on the western shore, Tereshchenko led fighters in the attack
. The blow was sudden. Germans fled from the first two tranches, leaving guns and ammunition. Our men have turned these guns toward the enemy and opened fire on circling in a panic fascists.
In the battle for the Dnieper bridgehead June 26, 1944, Lieutenant M. K. Tereshchenko died a heroic death.
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