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FETNYAEV Ivan Timofeyevich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(9. 4. 1917)

And van Timofeevich Fetnyaev, Guard Captain, commander of Division 161-th Guards separate Krasnograd Army cannon artillery regiment. Born April 9, 1917 in a. Old Jablonka Khvalin District, Saratov Region. Russian. He graduated from high school and courses for junior lieutenants. In the Soviet Army was in 1938 - 1958 respectively.

From July 1942 until the victory over Germany in World War II fought in the South, Stalingrad, Voronezh, the Don, Steppenwolf and 2 of the First Ukrainian Front. Participated in the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Wounded in 1942. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1945), . Bogdan Khmelnitsky 3rd degree (1944), . World War 1-st degree (1943), . two Orders of Red Star (1943, . 1953), . two medals "For Service in Battle" (1942, . 1948), . Medal "For defense of Stalingrad" and five other medals.,

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Ivan Timofeyevich Fetnyaevu awarded Oct. 26, 1943 for bravery and courage, . shown during the Dnieper crossing, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the west bank of the River.,

. Fter the war I.T
. Fetnyaev - retired lieutenant colonel living in Minsk.


D ivizion Guard Captain Fetnyaeva went to the Dnieper River near the village Domotkan Dnipropetrovsk region, together with the advance units 25 Guards Rifle Corps
. Behind were 300 kilometers, passed with fights, with a break defensive lines, with many rushing rivers. People are tired, but no one thought about the rest. Dnipro had to overcome on the shoulders of the retreating enemy.

Fetnyaev participated in reconnaissance, which is conducted before rushing river, the Corps Commander, General Safiulin. Emplacements division it was decided to place on the left bank of the Dnieper. The decision to some extent justified by the situation. First, because it has not yet been built ferry for transporting vosmitonnyh guns and truck tractors. Secondly, the range 152-millimeter cannons, howitzers was more than 17 kilometers, which provided support for the infantry in the battle for the capture and expand the bridgehead across the Dnieper.

. However, the Dnieper in the place was wide, and communications across the river, constantly targeted by enemy artillery, could not be sustained
. In addition, limiting the effective range has inevitably led to high consumption of ammunition, the supply of which in the autumn mud was difficult. These arguments and doubts Fetnyaev reported to the regimental commander and asked him to smuggle division of the Dnieper, along with the advance units of the infantry. Fetnyaeva proposal was accepted.

On the night of September 29, one of the infantry battalions successfully crossed the Dnieper. Following him Fetnyaev threw on ferries battery Lieutenant Drikolovicha, and then under heavy fire of the enemy crossed himself with the scouts and runners. On this night, other batteries division assumed firing positions on the left bank of the Dnieper.
At dawn, the Germans opened fire on the bridgehead of all weapons, were subjected to intense bombardment of our positions. Following this, the thick chain Nazis marched into a counterattack.

The first firing guns Drikolovicha that broke bridgehead. Soon, talk and other batteries. Fetnyaev personally corrected the fire. The firing was conducted on the limiting mode. Each shell lay in the purpose of each gap thinning enemy chain. The Nazis did not stand a dense fire and retreated to their original positions.

On the night of 31 September Fetnyaev crossed the Dnieper two other batteries. Heavy guns rumbled day and night. During three weeks of fighting in the bridgehead Division repulsed counterattacks 70, killed 5 art batteries, 2 tanks, 3 anti-tank guns, 2 observation points and more than 200 soldiers and officers.

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. 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

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