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Viktor Ivanovich Lavrov

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(1925 - 27. 9. 1943)

In IKTOR I. Lavrov, Guard soldier, arrows 1-th company of mechanized infantry battalion, 54 th Guards Tank Brigade, was born in 1925 in Dr.. Sofinke Saratov region Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from the seven-year school, he worked at the factory.

In 1943 he was drafted into the Soviet Army. In September 1943 fought on the Voronezh Front. He participated in the liberation of Sumy, Chernihiv and Kyiv regions of Ukraine.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Viktor Ivanovich Lavrov conferred posthumously on Nov. 17, 1943 for bravery and courage in crossing the Dnieper, seizing and holding the bridgehead on the right bank.


On the night of September 20, 1943 3rd Guards Tank Army under General P.S
. Rybalko from the area Romni launched an offensive in the general direction of Pereyaslav. The enemy was crushed in a panic and began to retreat to the Dnieper River, burning on the way of escape Ukrainian villages, stealing the west of civilians, shooting anyone who did not want to leave their homes. All these atrocities the Nazis saw eighteen warrior Victor Lavrov, who had just arrived at the front with a company marching.

. For two and a half days the tankers were fighting with 200 kilometers, released hundreds of settlements and by the evening of Sept. 21 have Bukrinskii bend, south of Kiev, came to the Dnieper
. Mechanized infantry battalion, which was enlisted Lavrov, was ordered on the night of September 22, cross the river near the village Podsinee.

At 12 o'clock Lavrov, with five companions sailed to detach from the coast. Above the river was a light mist, and the right bank emerged unexpectedly. Boat keel scratched sandy bottom.

Fascists rockets lit up the coastal strip, and that helped the scouts to orient. In a deep gorge soldiers silently marched one after the other, then carefully made their way to the height and half an hour watching the behavior of the enemy. Were identified as the location of rocket and two machine guns, occasionally firing in the direction of the left bank. The task assigned to the Office for the exploration of the enemy and terrain, was performed. As was due, squad commander sent Lavrov and another soldier in the return flight. Lavrov was to report to the battalion commander on the results of exploration and return to the right bank. When the soldiers approached the river, near the boat was Hitlerite. Lavrov blow butt knocked fascist, knocked him down and dragged into the boat. Fifteen minutes later the prisoner was taken to the battalion headquarters.

Following the report Lavrov company began speeding up the river. Lavrov was swimming ahead. To his boat were added to the rear signal lights, which kept the direction of all other. In the boat Lavrov was the battalion commander, Major Davydov.

Patrol of the enemy, who controlled the coastal area, noticed the approaching landing. Top soared red rocket. Beach alive. Enemy machine guns opened up, blow guns. Our boats and rafts to respond with fire from machine guns and submachine. Coastal artillery hit the heights of the left bank. Raged the battle, which did not stop many days in a row.

A Avrova of its office building, stormed the enemy at the village and the Great Traktomirovo Bukrin. During a night battle on the outskirts of the Great Bukrin infantrymen came under machine gun fire. The Germans shot at point-blank. Lavrov, on his own initiative, crept up to the bunker and threw grenades. After destroying three machine gun, he provided a company of combat-capable.

September 27, 1943 in repelling a counterattack enemy tanks and infantry in the Great Bukrin VI. Lavrov died a heroic death.

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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