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VASILENKO Ivan Andreevich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(7. 11. 1918)

And Van A. Vasilenko, captain, commander of the 2 nd Battalion, 102 th Infantry Regiment (41 th Infantry Division, 69 Army, 1 st Belorussian Front). Born November 7, 1918 in a. Semenovka Fyodorovsky district of Saratov region in a peasant family. Russian. Graduated from the Saratov Financial and Economic College in 1937. He worked as an instructor of the department of management-accounting Fyodorovsky Area. In the Soviet army from 1938 to 1946. He graduated from the Military-Political Academy in 1941.

Since the beginning of World War II victory over Germany fought on the Western, Central and 1 st Belorussian fronts. In 1942-1943 he served in the guerrilla detachments on the territory of the Orel and Kursk regions. He took part in defensive operations of the first months of the war, the liberation of Belarus, Poland, defeating the enemy in Germany. Seriously injured on Sept. 27, 1941. In 1944 he graduated from KUOS. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1945), Alexander Nevsky (1944), World War 2 nd degree (1944),. Red Star (1944), medals "Partisan of Patriotic War," 1-th degree (1943), "For the capture of Berlin", "For the liberation of Warsaw and three other medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Ivan Andreevich Vasilenko conferred May 31, 1945 for the courage and heroism, . displayed in the battles in expanding the bridgehead on the west bank of the Oder, . environments and defeating the Frankfurt-Guben enemy.,

. Fter the war and
. A. Vasilenko Reserve Major, lived in the Moldavian city of Balti. He worked as chief of administrative-economic department of the plant materials.

April 16, 1945 the Soviet Army launched its assault on Berlin. As they approached the city of resistance increased.

Battalion Captain Vasilenko April 17 went to the village of Lebus, north of Mr.. Frankfurt an der Oder. Fascists have met our soldiers dense fire from pillboxes and blockhouses. The approaches to the fortifications of the enemy were covered by minefields and barbed wire. The attack of this powerful site of resistance from the front did not bode well for success. Vasilenko decided to bypass Lebus from the north and along with the neighboring battalion attack from the flank and rear crush the enemy. The plan was brilliantly carried. In pursuit of breaking into Lebuse enemy, the battalion on April 18 seized the railway station and village Schoenflies Alvitseendorf. Prior infantry regiment with tanks came down on our soldiers. The whole day was bloody battle. Nine times the Nazis rose to the attack and each time failed. Weakened the enemy with fire place, a battalion Vasilenko, together with approaching tanks decisive attack downed enemy. In the vicinity of the station Schoenflies Nazis left 280 dead soldiers and officers.

April 24 troops of the 1 st Belorussian and 1-st Ukrainian Front closed the ring around frankfurteko-Guben enemy. Surrounded by many divisions were 9 and 4 Panzer Army. Fighting broke out on the destruction of the encircled enemy. Battalion Vasilenko Now comes not to the west and south-east. April 25 rifle companies broke into the Gross-Shauen and, leaving the barrier at the lake, was attacked the enemy garrison station Blinds. The next day, this big knot of highways and railways was in our hands.

In mezhozernom defile south-east curtain enemy had strongly fortified positions and halt the advance of our units. Catwalks were densely covered with artillery fire, mines and spiral Scatterable Bruno. Leaving here one office with a machine gun, Vasilenko, on the night of April 27, returned to the Gross-Shauen and fishing boats ferried across the lake Grosser battalion-Zelhover-See. Destroy up to a platoon of Nazis in the sprawling village on the opposite bank Vohovze, the battalion moved forward another 5 kilometers to the south and cut the enemy near the village of Boog escape routes in Wendisch-Buchholz. Germans, without much resistance left their positions south-east of the curtain.

. In two days of fighting battalion Vasilenko destroyed more than 200 enemy soldiers and officers and to the success of the onset of the regiment and division.

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. Sources:
. 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
. V.1. M.: Voeniz.1987.
2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968

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