(03.1913 - 2. 3. 1945)
In asil D. Konnov, Guard Captain, deputy commander of Battalion 136 th Guards Rifle Regiment, 42 Guards Rifle Division. Born in March 1913, with. Kologrivovke Tatischevskogo district of Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from the 8 classes of school devyatiletki in g. Gomel. In the prewar years to operate tatischevskoy regional newspaper, and deputy editor of the newspaper Dergachivske "Socialist construction".
In May 1941 he was drafted into the Red Army. Since the beginning of World War II until the day of death - March 2, 1945 - fought in the West, Voronezh, 1 and 2 of the First Ukrainian Front. He took part in defensive operations of the first period of the war, Voronezh-Kastornoye offensive, the Battle of Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine, Moldova, Romania, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Wounded March 11, 1943. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1 st degree (1944) Mr. Red Star (1943).
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Vasily Konnov awarded on Sept. 13, 1944 for bravery and courage in crossing the River Mountain Tikich.
. In the battle for the liberation of the Czechoslovak city of Zvolen March 2, 1945 VD
. Konnov died a heroic death. He is buried in the city of brotherly cemetery of Soviet soldiers.
March 5, 1944 troops of 2 First Ukrainian Front began an offensive on the Uman-Botoshanskom direction. The next day at the village Antonovka Bukskogo district, Kyiv region regiment, which served Konnov, went to the Mountain Tikichu - a small but deep river, on the right bank of which the Nazis had prepared in advance positions. The enemy opened fire on the left bank of heavy artillery and mortar fire. It was rainy weather, was a fine rain, played havoc with the soil, strong wind chilled to the bone. Ferrying funds was. Rota lay down in front of the river, suffered losses.
Suddenly, over the chains of the battalion's voice rang out Konnova Guard captain: "The Communists, forward!" With this exclamation Konnov first jumped into the icy water of the Mountain Tikicha. His example was followed by two or three people from each platoon, and after them - the whole battalion. Swim to the right bank of the river, Konnov led the soldiers to storm enemy fortifications. Attack Guards in time of our artillery support from the left bank. Gunners direct fire destroyed several machine-gun bunkers, and the fire from the closed position suppressed enemy mortar battery. Hand grenades and machine-gun fire battalion knocked out the Nazis from the trenches and freed Antonovka.
At a time when men went out on the southern outskirts of the village, the enemy made a counter -. More than five infantry companies swooped down on the right flank of the battalion. Konnov raised there machine-gun company and himself led a reflection of the enemy counterattack. Fire guards were friendly and accurate. Leaving the village on the outskirts of dozens of corpses and two armored personnel carriers, the Nazis retreated to their original positions.
From the regimental commander received an order: a foothold in Antonovka and retain captured a bridgehead until the main forces. Konnov walked around the company, gave advice commanders for the defense, pointed out what areas need to be particularly tightly covered with machine-gun fire.
The measures taken were timely. From the village Hizhnya fascists threw an infantry battalion with four tanks. The enemy brought down artillery fire on Antonovka. Scattered in the chain, the Nazis moved the tanks. At this time, our howitzer batteries successfully placed barrage, thwarted the enemy's. And when the Nazis came out of the beam on a hillock, in the case entered the machine gunners. The infantry was pinned down to the ground, but the tanks at high speed burst into the location of the battalion. Konnov vegetable gardens crawled to one of them and anti-tank grenades tore caterpillar. At that time arrived, the main force regiment. Attack of the guardsmen was irresistible. The enemy fled in the direction of Uman ...
Sources: 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
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2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968