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KHOKHLOV Petro

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(15. 7. 1923 - 12. 9. 1997)

P temp V. Khokhlov, soldier, scout, machine gunner 65-Panzer Volnovaskyi Red Banner Order of Suvorov Brigade. Born July 15, 1923 in a. Thumbs Arkadak district of Saratov region. Russian. Incomplete secondary education.

In 1941 he was drafted into the Red Army. From June 1943 until January 20, 1945 fought at Bryansk, South and 1 st Belorussian fronts. Participated in the liberation of Ukraine and Poland. Seriously injured on Jan. 20, 1945. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Red Star (1944) and two medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star Medal "Peter Vasilievich Khokhlov awarded March 24, 1945 for bravery and courage, . shown in the exploration of the river crossings and Dzhevichka Pilica during the fighting for the liberation of Poland.,

. In 1945, PV
. Khokhlov demobilized from the Soviet Army. Lived and worked in Mr.. Moscow. Died Sept. 12, 1997.

We Troma January 14, 1945 troops of the 1 st Belorussian Front began the Vistula-Oder operation. The first day was put into the battle and 11 Panzer Corps, which included fighting scout Khokhlov. January 16 tankers captured the town of Radom - a major site of resistance - and rushed to the west. The way they crossed the river Radomka, Dzhevichka, Pilica, Bzura, Warta and dozens of other rivers, in which the enemy had previously prepared defenses. Thin ice endured only the infantry and tanks were to cross the river to wade or bridges. Search fords across rivers, along with the intelligence of the enemy and roads, was one of the main tasks of the tank intelligence. On motorcycles, armored vehicles and tanks moved forward scouts, came on the heels of the retreating enemy, sometimes seep into its location, fought the Nazis, they sowed terror and fear.

. So it was on Jan. 18 in the Opocno
. Reconnaissance teams took to the river Dzhevichka behind by the retreating Nazis. Most Germans managed to blow up. Had to find a ford. Khokhlov explored a large section of the river. In the place where the river led the gentle slope, and the channel was three times wider than at other sites. Khokhlov crowbar broke the ice and began to measure the depth. The bottom was rocky, the depth does not exceed 40 - 50 centimeters. Both banks have been mined. Neutralize enemy mines, Khokhlov marked ford milestones and, as a senior cerebral Watch, reported on progress of the advanced detachment commander. By ford, found Khokhlov, crossed the entire brigade.

After receiving orders to reconnoitre the route from SkrzyеLski to Bozhustov, Khokhlov on a motorcycle set off on the road. Near Bozhustova overtook a column of the enemy and was attached to her tail. The Nazis took Khokhlov for his. Choosing a convenient time scout opened fire with a machine gun and a short fight the Nazis killed 29 and two carts loaded with ammunition.

Jan. 19 from Mr.. Slept the scouts came out to the river Pilica. On the western shore of the enemy led by a strong fire places, convenient for ferries. Bridge over the river was blown up. Examining its. Khokhlov ran four Nazi sappers who carried the boxes to blow up another bridge bearings. Directing them automatic. Khokhlov gave the location of the fascists in the vanguard. The prisoners had given valuable information about its troops.

After a brief search Khokhlov found the ford across the river and was ordered two soldiers to guard him from a sudden attack of the enemy. Have come to the right height, where the battle was, Khokhlov found a large group of Nazis, sneak to the crossing. Sent a scout to report to the brigade commander, guided the ferry tanks, Khokhlov entered into an unequal battle and destroyed 30 enemy soldiers and officers:

. January 20 from the exploration of the road to the village Rakitsiny Khokhlov encountered a group of retreating Nazis
. In the ensuing battle, he and two comrades killed before a platoon of infantry, 12 carts, and one gun. In this battle, Khokhlov was seriously wounded and sent to the hospital.


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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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