(24. 3. 1918 - 1965)
And van Mikhailovich Trifonov, . Lieutenant, . commander of 3rd Battalion, 47 Infantry Regiment of the Red 15 th Infantry Sivashskaya Order of Lenin, . Double Red Banner, . Order of Labor Red Banner and Suvorov Division,
. Born March 24, 1918 in the village Mius Ershovskogo District, Saratov Region. Russian. In the Soviet Army, he served from 1938 to 1956. He graduated from the seven-year school and military school.
From September 1943 until the victory over Germany in World War II fought on the Central, Belorussian, 1 and 2-m Belarusian dandy. Participated in the liberation of Belarus, Poland, defeating the enemy in Germany. Thrice slightly wounded. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army was awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky (1944), . World War 1-st degree (1945), . Red Star (1953), . medals "For Military Merit", . "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" Ivan Mikhailovich Trifonov awarded April 10, 1945 for bravery and courage, . shown in crossing the Vistula River, . capture and hold a beachhead on its western bank.,
. Fter the war IM
. Trifonov in 1956, resigned from the sickness of the Soviet Army at the rank of lieutenant. He died in 1965 in the Georgian town of Akhaltsikhe.
In mid-January 1945 troops of the 65 th army launched an offensive with Narevskogo base and by the end of the month came on the Vistula to the north and south of the fortress Graudenz. On the east bank of the river, near the villages Rozgarten and Kulm, the enemy had a strong cover. Battalion Trifonova, coming in the vanguard, go and attack the enemy fortifications. In a fierce two-hour battle, the enemy was defeated, only a pitiful remnants of his managed to flee across the Vistula.
. Without giving the Nazis a respite, a battalion in the early morning on January 27 rapid roll on the ice crossed the Vistula, and skirmished for the Gross-Vestpalen - a major site of resistance
. Well-organized attack from three directions, supported by effective artillery fire, the village of Gros-Vestpalen were captured.
. During the retreat of the Germans abandoned on the battlefield, 4 guns, 6 machine guns and 8 cars.
. At dawn, the Nazis attempted to recover the lost strongholds, but it was too late: our men quickly adapted for defense, enemy trenches and gave the Germans a worthy rebuff.
. After some time the enemy made a second counter-attack, leaving the battle 250-machine, 3 tanks and 3 self-propelled guns
. Despite the superiority in strength, the Germans were not successful. With heavy losses for the enemy and ended with two more of his attempts to throw off the base of our unit.
Pulling up fresh forces, the enemy in the morning on January 28 attacked a neighboring battalion and threw it over the dam. The right flank of the battalion was open Trifonova. It is here, and sent his kick the Nazis during the second half of the day. Trifonov gave direction threatened his last reserve, and then put forward here machine gun company, removing it from neatakovannyh sites. Counterattack the enemy was again repulsed. During this battle Trifonov was shot in the chest and head, but remained on the battlefield and continued to lead the units.
Especially strong counterattack the enemy has taken on January 29. In the seventh of them attended by 400 people infantry, 10 tanks and self-propelled-5. In 16 hours 30 minutes, enemy tanks succeeded in penetrating into battle formations thinning battalion to break through to the command. Para. Trifonov and his comrades fought hand to hand. The brave commander summoned the fire of our guns on themselves.
Coming under heavy explosions and mortar shells, tanks and infantry of the enemy turned back, leaving the battlefield for more than 200 of its soldiers, 2 tanks, one armored self-propelled and. Battalion Trifonova hold the bridgehead, which was of great importance for the further development of our offensive.
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