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LOGINOV Leonid Semenovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(31. 5. 1925)

A Ogino Leonid Semenovich - mechanic-driver of the tank 36 th Guards Tank Brigade (4-th Guards Corps mehaniziroovanny, 7 th Guards Army, 2-th Ukrainian Front) Guard Sergeant. Born May 31, 1925 in the village wolf, now smt Volchihinskogo district of the Altai Territory, in a peasant family. Russian. Member of the CPSU from 1949. In childhood vylichil a bee venom from progressive claudication. Graduated from the 7 classes. In 1941 he left school and went to courses tractor. He worked as a tractor driver, then the end of the course instructor +T drivers driving cars and driver in the village wolf.

In the Soviet Army from February 1944. He graduated from the Omsk tank school.

In the battles of World War II from October 1944. Guard sergeant Loginov distinguished himself in the battle for the crossing of the river Hron in the village of Kamenin (8 km north of the city Sturovo, Czechoslovakia).

. February 18, 1945, covering the crossing of the river Hron, one and a half hours skillfully maneuvered on the ground
. With tank crew (commander of Tacna JF Borisov) destroyed 5 tanks protivnikaka, 3 armored personnel carriers and dozens of Nazis. In the next two days, Soviet tanks maneuvered skillfully constrained 5-6 enemy attacks until 26 February.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Loginov Leonid Semenovich awarded April 28, 1945.

. In November 1945 Sergeant Loginov discharged
. He lived in his native village. He worked as an instructor Volchihinskogo regional committee of Komsomol, combiner, instructor of industrial training in the school of mechanization. From 1952 to 1956 he studied at the College Rubtsovsk mechanization of agriculture, then to 1962 in the Altai Polytechnic, Institute on the evening branch on the job. Upon graduation he worked +T design engineer, senior engineer in the office operating tractors at the tractor factory in the city of Rubtsovsk, Altai Krai. In 1965 he was sent abroad to Ghana +T +T to provide technical assistance. After returning to his factory worked as the chief export of technical department, then Acting Deputy. chief engineer for safety. In 1973 he moved to Moscow, he worked as Head of the Ministry.

. Now lives in Moscow.

. Awarded the Order of Lenin, World War 1 degree, medals.


From the memoirs of Leonid Semenovich Loginova:

. In 1940 he graduated seven classes and went to the eighth
. When in 1941 the war started, I was 16 years old, I went to courses tractor, and then the drivers. Almost all adults in our native village wolf pouhodili to the front, and my help was needed farm +T L armor given tractor. But I thought: if I do quite well, we must break through to the front. The military enlistment office sent me to the Omsk tank school.

. When the study ended, I got a tank and as the driver only in late October 1944, nineteen, was sent to the front.

. First impressions from their stay at the front remained in my heart for life
. Although the loss incurred by our country, and neighboring countries, visited by Hitler's Wehrmacht, were heavy, but in the air already breathed the breeze of victory. The enemy at that time was almost expelled from the territory of the Soviet Union. A part of our 36 th Guards Tank Brigade went on to Romania and then Bulgaria, Yugoslavia and Hungary. People who were liberated from Nazi occupation, rejoicing close victory with us, greeted with flowers.

. But suddenly the situation at the front has sharply deteriorated, we were ordered to keep very important for the troops crossing a mountain river Hron
. That is why in early 1945, to be exact +T in February, from 17 to 18-e, on the border of Czechoslovakia and Hungary, we seem to have grown into the ground with their tanks.

. Thirty-two Soviet L stood in defense between the two settlements, in the field among the dry stalks of last year's corn
. Crews stayed in hastily dug dugouts, and the tanks disguised as old trenches. Before us, about thirty yards, parallel to the front line, held the road, planted fruit trees, and closer to the Germans stretched the field with a few mounds of corn stalks.

. 18 February, very early in the morning, when dawn is only the beginning, I was awakened by the deafening explosions
. Other tankers had already jumped. First in the tank climbed on duty at the time the gun commander Pisarenko. For him and others took their places.

Gaps enemy shells gradually moved us in the rear. Later in the morning haze, we saw a shadowy silhouette moving in our direction German tank. After letting it for fidelity to the road, . Pisarenko with the first shot struck this horrible edifice, . and then the enemy tank, . turned our well-aimed artillery officer in the burning torch, . clearly highlighted the German infantry, . moving under cover of Us,
. We immediately opened fire on it with all my guns.

. Since fighting broke out, lasting a short rest before the twenty-sixth of February.

. Here, . a swirling mountain river Hron, . framed by stone banks, . I gratefully recall the steep ski hill, and almost zigzag roads of my native wolf: how useful to me these long-standing practice in their native lands! After the mountain +T everywhere mountains, . and the ability to maneuver in them is not given on the first attempt,
. Our Altai mountains were still pozaboristey the local. I virazhiroval on these puzzling roads with some cheerful daring, as if we, two Russian tanks, competed in some unseen sporty fun.

. And my tank crew receives a report: near the village of Kamenin (which is eight kilometers north of the city Strovo) the enemy force of infantry battalions supported by tanks attacked the height of twelve 177, . leading batter,
. What else could I do? Maneuver, moving away from a superior enemy and striking him with the damage of every kind.

Where is our enemy is not waiting, and think about where we forgot we were just there and should be!.. Thus, for three-four-hour battle I managed to secure the tank against the enemy's invulnerability, that allowed our crew to destroy five enemy tanks and three armored personnel carriers and up to one hundred and twenty of the enemy infantry. The enemy, suffering heavy losses, withdrew to their original positions.

19 February 1945 the enemy is all there is, in a raging mountain Grona, by up to a battalion of infantry and tanks with eighteen resumed the attack on the farmhouse Kamenin. Again me, as driver, had to maneuver among the stone farm buildings to ensure their maintenance crew sighting, effective fire. As a result, was destroyed three enemy tanks, three armored personnel carriers and up to one hundred and fifty infantrymen. These losses forced the Nazis to desist from further attacks and to withdraw.

. But now, looking back, I think: particularly severe and persistent was the battle that we were on the second day after the start of the counter-offensive of the Germans.

. Throughout the night of 18 to 19 February, we sat in the tank, . night we brought the shells and reported, . that the expected major offensive against the German mechanized forces +T and all over this rocky patch of the right bank of Grona, . All of this important road for the enemy in the mountains!.,
. Although a skin crawled, and cast out so positive and the commander of this army and this stone penny! One slda PTO strategy.

In violation of safety rules, we loaded my double supply of tank shells, mainly armor-piercing. And waited. When dawn finally, to the side of settlement was a terrible shooting. About twenty minutes later he ran connected to the order of +T strengthen the defense of this item.

. We have slipped to their headquarters in the midst of artillery barrage, were ordered and take up defensive positions on the right flank of this small settlement, which our group commander named farm L
. Ahead loomed the roof of the tank of a good basement, and her white walls +T recently demolished building. (Noteworthy: the local population, who have suffered such agony of the protracted battle with the Nazis, was entirely on our side!)

Our tank, pre-painted white, against this backdrop that was little noticed. For basement metrov.na four, stretched flat white field. Next was a ravine, which the German tanks were concentrated. Farm defended another tank, under the command of Lieutenant Deputatova. A few calculations of guns.

As soon as I installed my tank and drowned the engine, on the field came German Tigers L: one, followed by second and third ... How would hesitate, they lined up in a line along the front and then all at once moved to the farm, firing on the move. Then all the tanks moved their fire on our left flank, where was the Thirty L Ivan Deputatova. Closely watching the movements of tigers L, we waited for the right moment: when they open their board?.. Just at this moment, our tank and started shooting.

The first two shots we lit one tank, and the second exploded at once, without zeroing. And the third tank again made L +T successfully with only two shells.

Crew Deputatova advantage that was above us on the slope: the tanks were seen congestion L tigers and artillery. Deputies could therefore time to open fire, and there was lit a few German tanks.

Terrified enemy tank crews in a panic started up their tanks, bumping into each other and exploding mines. And the survivors, throwing their tigers L, running away.

Worked Deputies cool. Cheerful and brave, with him not trouble trouble! Subsequently, he also received the title of Hero, was promoted to lieutenant colonel!

. In this battle, destroyed more than twenty tanks.

. Farm, on which is broken, one after another attack of the enemy, we defended until 26 February
. Every day, from two sides, fought off five enemy attacks +T six. Then, disguised their vehicles to residents of the abandoned houses, stopping at the bottom, ground of the house.

After each attack, about half an hour later, there was a German plane, he sought our technique and fired at suspected sites. He circled for a long time, looking for where the tanks are installed, but not finding any tanks or artillery, fly away, but we encountered an unexpected og ~ it another fascist attack. On the eighth day the Germans launched a night attack by the infantry, tank destroyers with Faust cartridges (ie, rockets). To disguise I'm not the engine of almost all night.

When the Germans went into the next attack, we had masked in a haystack, and with great difficulty running the engine cooled down, when they had climbed on a tank. Giving back up and dropping brazen fascists from the machine, then we have a forward speed to crush them.

We came to the headquarters, there is none: all concentrated at the large stack of straw for the farm. We, two tanks, occupied the perimeter defense, and when the Germans began to burn out the chaff rockets, fired on them with machine guns. On this their attempt to take us in the forehead over.

But after some time they heard the noise of the German tank engines from the rear. But again we promptly opened fire. I lit another eight German tanks.

At dawn, we decided to return to the farm. They were sent there, our tank. I rode along the farm (or what was once a large farm) and saw: for every house hiding Germans. Deploying, I decided to report to the headquarters. But when leaving the track in our tank got faust-holder and disabled the engine. It was the most embarrassing moment in our long-standing tank game with the enemy. But we still managed to arrive safely at headquarters and reported what had happened, then radioed the order was received: rent a defense from the farm. The remaining fighters sat on the Thirty L Deputatova, and with his great speed, broke out of encirclement.

Thus ended the battle, which lasted eight days. During this time, our crew had destroyed 24 German tanks. Three tankers from our crew (including me) was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union, and radio operator, and loader received the Order of the Red Banner. They also do a great deal.

. As noted later in the order, . high technical and tactical skills of the driver allowed the crew to ensure our excellent performance of the task and destroy the three-day battle in eight tanks, . six armored vehicles and up to two hundred and seventy people enemy infantry.,


. ---
. Sources:
. 1) Battle Fame Altai
. - Barnaul: Altai kn. ed., 1978
2) All deaths luck - Moscow. Knowledge 2000
3) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary. V.1. M.: Voeniz.1987.
4) Kuznetsov, II, Jog IM. Gold Stars Altai. - Barnaul: 1982

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