(11. 12. 1922 - 14. 10. 1969)
H ikolay Prokofievich Shelukhin, . Lieutenant, . company commander submachine 737 Infantry Regiment 206 th Infantry Korsun-Shevchenko Red Banner orednov Suvorov, . Kutuzova, . Bogdan Khmelnitsky Division, . born December 11, 1922 in a,
. Lvovka Arkadak district of Saratov region. Russian. In 1939 he enrolled in the Astrakhan River College, in January 1942 with the 3rd course was mobilized into the Red Army. In an abbreviated program graduated from the Astrakhan military infantry school.
. From October 1942 until the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War, fought in the armies of Voronezh and 1 st Ukrainian Front, occupying the post of commander of a rifle platoon and company
. Participated in Ostrogozh-Rossoshanskij offensive, the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Left-bank Ukraine, Poland, Czechoslovakia, in defeating the enemy on its own territory. Seriously wounded twice: January 15, 1943 under Ostrogozh and October 23, 1943 in the vicinity of r. Kaneva. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1 st degree (1945), Red Star (1943) and three medals.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Nicholas Prokofievich Shelukhina awarded June 3, 1944 for heroism in crossing the Dnieper River.
. In March 1944, having left the hospital and receiving a disability Shelukhin was discharged from the army
. But six months later he again voluntarily went to the front and fought the enemy until the end of the war. In 1946, discharged for health reasons in stock. In 1952 he graduated from the Tashkent Institute of Railway Engineers and has since worked as an engineer of the locomotive depot station Orsk.
Died Oct. 14, 1969. Buried in Orsk. It is named after the ship.
In the second half of September 1943 the troops of the Voronezh Front in a broad band came to the Dnieper and the move began to force the river. 737 th Infantry Regiment, which served Shelukhin, was ordered to cross the Dnieper in the area, Mr.. Kaneva. Shelukhin with his platoon was the first to cross to the right bank, to reconnoiter the enemy's defenses, and under favorable conditions - a foothold and to ensure the crossing of the main forces regiment.
. On the night of September 25, 1943 Shelukhin with a group of scouts and submachine secretly crossed over to the west bank of the river and suddenly attacked the Nazis
. All night long there was fighting. By the morning of the 90 men had survived 18 headed Shelukhina. Opponent shoot every meter of the river dense fire from all weapons. Further river crossing at this site was considered inappropriate.
During the day the Germans took eight counter, trying to destroy the Soviet soldiers. But a handful of brave men, led by a brave officer, continued to struggle with a numerically superior enemy. Cut off from their troops, deprived of communication with headquarters, sheluhintsy fought to the last bullet. By the end of the day survived three: Shelukhin, his assistant and scout, wounded in the arm. Having spent all the ammunition, not having any information about the situation, at night they crossed the Dnieper and returned to the location of its parts. Shelukhin was appointed commander of the company gunmen.
Command ordered the regiment to cross the Dnieper at another site. Again Shelukhin first with his company crossed the river. During the day on Sept. 27 rota repulsed numerous counterattacks enemy infantry and tanks on the southern outskirts of the village Kaliberda and, having advanced to the village bakers, seized a springboard that provided ferry the rest of the regiment.
. Subsequently turned long and stubborn fighting in the area of height 243, dominating the surrounding area
. The company, under the command Shelukhina was ordered to carry the reconnaissance in force and to identify the firing point and the system of defense at this altitude. Shelukhin perfectly fulfilled the task of command. Weaknesses in the defense of the enemy they were found. October 21, our part of the decisive attack captured the 243 high. The enemy tried to return it, but he fought back with our counter parts with heavy losses. October 23 at the reflection of another raid Hitler Shelukhin was seriously wounded.
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