(27. 4. 1901 - 09.1953)
In IKTOR Pavlovich Galkin, . Lieutenant, . Senior aide 1 st Battalion, 1339 th Mountain Regiment (318-I Novorossiiskaya Infantry Division, . 18-Army, . North-Caucasian Front) was born April 27, 1901 in g,
. Atkarsk Saratov region in a peasant family. Russian. He graduated from the 8 classes of unified labor school. In 1920-1923 and 1941-1945 he served in the Soviet Army. On the eve of World War II worked as an accountant breeding station in the Chechen-Ingush Autonomous Republic.
From August 1941 to December 1943 had fought in the South and the North Caucasus Front. He took part in battles near Rostov, in the North Caucasus, in the release of the Taman Peninsula and the Crimea. Seriously injured and suffered a concussion in December 1943 near Kerch. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Red Star (1943) and the medal "For Defense of the Caucasus.
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Viktor Pavlovich Galkin was awarded on Nov. 17, 1943 for bravery and courage, . shown during the crossing of the Kerch Strait, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the Kerch Peninsula in the Eltigen.,
. Fter the demobilization of the Soviet Army reserve captain in
. P. Galkin lived and worked in Mr.. Ordzhonikidze (now Vladikavkaz). He died in September 1953.
On the night of October 31, 1943 came the ships. The soldiers silently loaded machine guns, antitank guns, boxes of grenades and ammunition on motor-boats, barges and boats. At three o'clock the ships headed for Eltigen.
In the sea has started a small storm. In ship-beat steep wave. Opponent periodically illuminated by powerful spotlights and the Gulf of illumination rounds. When approaching the shore the ships were detected and fired upon with heavy fire of enemy shore batteries. Build ships disturbed, many motor-boats, which were supposed to land on the first assault group, lagged behind, and fast boats rushed ahead. Galkin, with a detachment of soldiers first landed on the Crimean land.
The officer led the soldiers to storm the coastal fortifications. Breaking into the trench at the Lower Burunsky lighthouse, the paratroopers destroyed a machine gun and more than a dozen Nazis, captured important heights, overlooking the surrounding area. By dawn of the 318 th Division in the area Eltigen and Reed-Burun took foothold in size six kilometers wide and two deep.
In the morning the enemy threw against the paratroopers of the two infantry divisions. At the positions taken by the group Galkina, move more infantry companies from the three tanks. Marines let a enemy of 100-150 meters and a team Galkina rained down a barrage of Nazi. Chains Nazis thinned. Nazis lay. Break through to the height of the tanks had been undermined by grenades.
Another six days and nights in a row without sleep and rest a handful of brave headed by Galkin kept an important milestone, beating every day for 10-15 counterattacks. The western slopes of the height of the enemy were littered with hundreds of corpses, black boxes stood here burned tanks.
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