(27. 9. 1908 - 2. 1. 1953)
By onstantin A. Tikhonov, the senior sergeant, platoon leader, 120 th Regiment, 69 th Infantry Division Sevsk Red Banner. Born September 27, 1908 in d. Vorobiev Bald Hills district of the Saratov Region. Russian. Primary Education. Active military service was in 1930 - 1932 years. In the prewar period he worked on the farm foreman "New Way".
From April 1942 until the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War, fought against the Nazi invaders in the West, Central, 1 and 2 of the First Byelorussian Front. Participated in the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine, Belarus, Poland, defeating the enemy in Germany. Wounded in 1943. For military distinction was awarded a medal for the liberation of Warsaw and two other medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Konstantin Tikhonov was awarded on Oct. 30, 1943 for bravery and courage, . shown during the Dnieper crossing, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the west bank of the River.,
. In oynu KA
. Tikhonov finished second lieutenant. In 1945 he was demobilized from the Soviet Army and worked in the economy. Died Jan. 2, 1953.
X Muroi fall forty-third to the Dnieper rushed two armies: the fascist, the deceased had a severe defeat at Kursk, and Soviet, had won a brilliant victory of historic significance
. For the Nazis Dnepr - a shield that can shield themselves from the smashing blows of Soviet troops, for our soldiers - a powerful barrier that must be overcome in order to destroy the enemy.
. Burned villages, overgrown with weeds of the field, the Nazis destroyed the city, the dark dungeons of the Gestapo murdered thousands of Soviet patriots ... Great blazing anger heart of soldiers, and they hastened to quickly throw the enemy from their native land.
"Force the Dnieper on the move!" - This is the order of command. He demanded that the Soviet soldiers who had for a long time were leading the offensive, the great achievements of the new feat of arms.
. Evening, Oct. 15, 1943 Tikhonov was launched on the three fishing boats and rafts made of logs fighters destroyed the shed
. Tikhonov's platoon was part of the assault group, which was the first force the Dnieper, to master the coastal height and hold it up to the crossing of the main forces battalion and regiment.
. The Nazis did not think that our troops will take the crossing of the Dnieper on a cold rainy night, and let down their guard
. Enemy paratroopers observers noticed only when their rafts approached the sandy beach stretching along the right bank. Above the heads of our men immediately formed a dense grid of tracers, grew up near the fence artillery explosions.
In front was a narrow duct. Tikhonov first jumped off the boat and with a cry of "For the Motherland!" Hurray! " waist in water rushed towards the shore. Behind him, were scattered in a chain, were fighters.
The first trench of the enemy was held at the coast. Tikhonov threw a grenade and jumped into the trench. He pounced on the two fascist, but the sergeant of one of them killed him with the butt, the other struck by fire from machine. In the trench was filled with tapes of enemy machine gun. Tikhonov immediately took possession of him and opened fire on the Nazis tossed in a panic. No less courageous and subordinate Tikhonov. In a short night's battle squad defeated the enemy, fully mastered high and entrenched in it.
H and dawn fascists have taken one after the other three counterattacks in an attempt to destroy a handful of our soldiers. Platoon Tikhonov repulsed the onslaught of the Nazis, kept high and provided an opportunity to cross to the right bank of the river the rest of the regiment. During the fighting in the bridgehead brave killed more than 120 Nazis, 25 of them destroyed personally Tikhonov.
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