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GUARDS Vasily Ivanovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(3. 3. 1915 - 25. 11. 1955)

In asil I. Karaulov, a senior lieutenant, company commander, 936 th Regiment, 254 th Infantry Division. Born March 3, 1915 in a. A blue Saratov region, Saratov oblasti.Russky. He graduated from the seven-year school, worked as a tractor on the farm. In the Soviet Army he served in 1936-1945, respectively.

During the Great Patriotic War, fought on the North-West, Volkhov, Voronezh, Steppe and 2 of the First Ukrainian Front. Participated in the battles of Tikhvin, the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine. Wounded four. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1943) and the Red Star (1944).

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Vasily Ivanovich Karaulov awarded on Feb. 22, 1944 for bravery and courage, . shown during the Dnieper crossing, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the right bank.,

. Fter the war VI
. Sentries for health resigned from the Soviet Army. Died Nov. 25, 1955.


September 30, 1943 the regiment, which served Karaulov, after a stubborn battle with the enemy at Irkleeva and difficult transition from forests and swamps Zolotonoshskiy district went to the Dnieper
. Across the river could be seen Cherkasy and Irdynskie forests. Rothe Karaulov was ordered on the night of October 1, cross the Dnieper.

Before the sun was chosen as part of forcing. The regimental commander, Lieutenant Colonel Korolenko gave general information about the enemy, gave instructions sappers and gunners for the ferry. Specific data on the enemy defenses of the Dnieper was not, nobody knew what they are building, where the firing means as organized system of fire. These issues are most worried Karaulov, and we had to provide all possible options for the upcoming battle.

. While the company commander thought through the details of forcing, the platoon prepared rafts, repairing fishing boats, destroyed by enemy artillery, are made of boards oars.

. Opponent nervous
. On the right bank now and then flew up flares, gun shot was heard from time to time over temnevshim the river forest blaze flare gun shots. Long-range artillery fire on the enemy waged nodes of roads and settlements, forbidding access to our troops to the Dnieper.

At three o'clock in the morning Karaulov raised a company on its feet. The soldiers launched the rafts and boats, loaded them guns, boxes of ammunition, hand grenades and anti. Department of engineers assigned to the company, seized the mines, scissors for cutting wire, metal hooks, and other demining equipment. The first platoon set sail from the coast, after it moved the rest.

Until the middle of the Dnieper floated quietly, but when approaching the opposite bank of the enemy's observers noted "squadron" Karaulov and raised the alarm. In the air soared dozens of missiles, and it became bright as day. With steep hit coastal guns. They once covered our artillery, on the eve of zero in the trenches of the enemy. Five minutes later, six German artillery opened fire, but it was too late: a company Karaulov reached the shore. In the hot night fight our soldiers drove the enemy from the strong points of the first position. The onslaught of our infantry was so strong and unanimous, that among the Nazis rose panic. Roth Karaulova pursued the enemy two miles.

In the morning the Germans recovered from their first attack and brought up the reserves made a counter. The enemy had to throw a company Karaulov Dnieper and regain lost ground. The Soviet soldiers, supported by accurate fire of our artillery fire from the right bank, beat off two enemy counterattacks three companies of tanks and self-propelled guns. In the hand-combat Sentries shot two Nazis, but he himself was wounded in the leg. Bandaging the wound, he clashed with the Nazi officer. When the gun ran out of ammunition, Karaulov attacked the Nazis and killed him with a knife. In this battle the hero of the Dnieper was the second time severely wounded. Bleeding, he continued to lead his company until the arrival of reinforcements.

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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