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Vasily Osipov

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(1. 5. 1918 - 6. 1. 1944)

In asil Ivanovich Osipov, captain, commander of the 2 nd company of 38 th Tank Regiment, was born May 1, 1918 in a. Yungerovke Bald Hills district of the Saratov Region. Russian. He graduated from the seven-year school. In 1938 he voluntarily entered a military tank school.

From October 1942 until the day of death - January 6, 1944 - fighting on the Kalinin, the North-West and 2 nd Baltic fronts. Participated in the liberation of Pskov region. For military distinction was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1 st degree (1943) and Red Star (1943).

. W tion of Hero of the Soviet Union Vasily Ivanovich Osipov was posthumously awarded the June 4, 1944 for causing great damage to the enemy, . for, . what, . being injured, . not leave the battlefield and continued to fight the enemy until the last minute of his life.,


In late 1942 - early 1943, troops of the Kalinin Front had Velikolukskiy offensive to distract enemy reserves to more active areas of the Soviet -
. The operation involved and the captain Osipov. For his tank company he kept fighting 257 Infantry Division. Advancing with the infantry, and often ahead of her, the company released Osipova 30 settlements and destroyed about a thousand soldiers and officers. For fighting differences in these battles captain Osipov was awarded the Order of the Red Star.

In early January 1944 Osipov participated in the assault troops of the 2 nd Baltic dandy in the region r. Novosokolnihi. In the harsh winter, deep snow cover, forests and swamps company Osipova acted perfectly. Tankers safely wedged into the enemy and decisive blows from the flanks and rear smashed the enemy's garrisons in the towns.

. Retreating under the blows of the Soviet troops, the Germans burned villages and drove west civilians
. Extracting the Soviet people from Nazi captivity, a company Osipova daring raid rescued from the destruction of 18 settlements, including Ustinov, Burmakino, Anisimova. In the village Ilino Osipov and his crew, and destroyed a group of five SS-torchbearers, burned homes, and saved from theft in Germany of more than 200 residents of surrounding villages.

. But the most distinguished captain Osipov in the battle for the village Petushki
. This village was defended by a reinforced company of infantry, artillery and mortar batteries. The guns were placed in the gardens for direct fire and carefully camouflaged. The approaches to the village were mined and covered by flanking machine gun fire. Unit 648 th Infantry Regiment, who tried to run master Petushki, were stopped by a well-organized enemy fire. Captain Osipov proposed his plan of attack: hit the outpost at the same time the Nazis from the rear and front. The most difficult part of this plan - a blow from behind - he took upon himself. The plan was approved by the commander of the regiment.

Roth Osipova with a small commando submachine an hour before dawn moved to bypass the village. The noise of tank engines drowned out by firing a cannon battalion and a strong snowstorm. Tankers hit the enemy where he did not expect, and where his defense was the weakest. Surprise attacks destroyed the enemy outposts. Tankers went around the village and attacked the enemy from the rear. This blow to the enemy garrison was completely unexpected. Soldiers and officers ran out of houses and dugouts, and firing on the run, ran to the west. Here they were met by a platoon of tanks from Company Osipova, cut off enemy escape route. At the same time from the front, the enemy was attacked by our infantry. Half an hour later the garrison Petushkov was completely destroyed. Tankers Osipova seized as booty 4 guns, 5 mortars, 2 radios and 3 car.

In this battle in. I. Osipov was seriously wounded, but did not leave the battlefield. At the burning tank, he continued to smash the Nazis until the enemy is not a shell took the life of the hero.

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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