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(20. 1. 1914 - 25. 9. 1943)

And Van V. Obraztsov, sergeant, platoon commander of 838 Infantry Regiment 237 th Infantry Division Piryatinske, was born January 20, 1914 in a. Bakura Ekaterinovokogo District, Saratov Region. Russian. After five years of secondary school he worked on the farm. Active military service was in 1936 - 1938 years. Participated in the Russo-Finnish War 1939 - 1940 period.

In the early days of the Great Patriotic War, was re-mobilized into the Red Army. From July 1942 until the day of death -25 September 1943 - fought on the Voronezh Front. He took part in defensive battles near Liski, Voronezh-Kastornoye offensive, the Battle of Kursk and the release of Right-Bank Ukraine. Twice wounded.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Ivan V. Obraztsov conferred posthumously on Oct. 23, 1943 for bravery and courage in crossing the Dnieper and repelling counterattacks on the right bank.

. With Tarshinov I.V
. Obraztsov buried in the Ukraine in d. Yuzhki Kiev region. At home a hero, in the village of Bakura, named after him one of the streets.

In the second half of September 1943 the troops of the Voronezh Front on a wide area came to the Dnieper. Polk, . of whom had fought the sergeant Obraztsov, . received the task force a crossing on the move and establish a bridgehead on the right bank, . which would be shielded from the direct bombardment of the enemy crossing the main forces of division and build a pontoon bridge across the Dnieper.,

. On the night of September 23 rifle platoon Obraztsova first began to force the river
. The three makeshift rafts made of planks and logs, the men sailed away from the coast. Opponent plyos rockets lit up the water, so to come secretly to the other side could not. Finding our advanced assault groups, the Nazis opened heavy fire from all weapons. Above the heads of men whistling bullets, explosions of shells and mines everywhere rose water fountains. Rafts flooded with water, tossed the blast from side to side, but the "flotilla" Obraztsova stubbornly went ahead and was soon stuck to the right bank.

. Samples in the first place decided to do away with the enemy machine gun, which fired continuously, and especially bring great harm to our ferried assault groups
. He took office sergeant Ivanova, climbed a steeper and two grenades, destroying the enemy firing point. After that, the sergeant rushed into the trench, and finished off the fire from machine deafened by explosions fascists.

By dawn the platoon Obraztsova fully mastered the height 185,7, dominating the surrounding area. It was the greatest success in the area of the regiment. Command allocated to support the platoon of artillery and mortar batteries, the commanders who took the morning observation posts at a height of 185.7.

. At dawn on September 23 the Germans opened up on the height of heavy artillery and mortar fire
. Until companies Nazis marched into a counter -. Our soldiers repulsed the enemy machine-gun fire with heavy losses. But the enemy did not give up. In the middle of the day from the west came a squadron of bombers. The Nazi pilots dropped their bombs on the location of the platoon Obraztsova. I had not even managed to disperse the smoke from the explosions, as fascist infantry battalion moved to the height from three directions. And once again talking Soviet guns and mortars, machine-gunners opened fire. Paving slope dozens of corpses, the Germans retreated to their original positions.

This was repeated many times. A handful of soldiers led by exemplary in collaboration with the gunners and mortar kept high until the arrival of our reinforcements. Platoon Obraztsova day battle killed 90 Nazis, 20 of them at once from the machine gun platoon commander personally. His brave resistance made it possible to cross to the right bank of the whole regiment.

In the next three days platoon Obraztsova destroyed another hundred nazis. September 25 at the reflection of another counterattacks brave commander was killed.

1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary. V.2. M.: Voeniz.1988.
2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968

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