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Basil Peretrukhin Zinovievich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(15. 1. 1916 - 19. 2. 1945)


In asil Zinovievich Peretrukhin, major, battalion commander, 671 Infantry Regiment 221 of the Red Banner Rifle Mariupolekoy Red Banner Order of Suvorov Division, was born January 15, 1916 in a
. Annin Top Perelyubskogo District, Saratov Region. Russian. Primary Education. He worked as a tractor on the farm. In 1937 - 1940 and 1941 - 1945 he served in the Soviet Army.

During the Great Patriotic War, fought on the Western, Southern, South-West, 1 and 4-th Ukrainian, Leningrad, 3-Byelorussian and the 1 st Baltic fronts. Participated in the defense of Moscow, the liberation of Ukraine, Belarus, Baltic States, defeating the enemy on the territory of East Prussia. Three times, critically wounded. In 1942 he graduated from courses for junior lieutenants. For military distinction was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2 nd degree (1943), Red Star (1944) and the medal "For Defense of Moscow".

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Vasily Zinovievich Peretrukhin awarded posthumously April 19, 1945, for his able leadership of the battalion in repelling the enemy's counterattack on the Samland Peninsula, and personal bravery in battle.

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. Peretrukhina in with. Grachev Bush Perelyubskogo district of Saratov region called street. In high school in the village opened a museum dedicated to the hero.


In late January 1945, Soviet troops reached the Gulf Frishes Huff-west of Koenigsberg and deprived the garrison town of ground connections to port Pillau
. Hitler's commanders assessed the situation in the region as "a crisis on the Samland Peninsula. These were hastily transferred fresh reinforcements from Gdynia and squeezed out of the sea Kurlyandskoi enemy. The battalion of Major Peretrukhina together with other units on the orders of command turned to defense. The companies consolidated their position on the heights near the village of Kragau, while preparing for an offensive, which was scheduled for February 20.

However, the enemy will prevent our troops. February 19 after a powerful artillery preparation, which was also attended by ships stationed in the roads Pillau, operational group "Zemland" from the area Fishhauzena caused a strong counterattack on Konigsberg. Heavy fighting ensued, during which Major Peretrukhin showed high art of management units, bravery and courage.

At the positions taken by the battalion Peretrukhina, the enemy moved a regiment of infantry supported by tanks. The first in the fight against the enemy entered the artillery and mortar indirect fire. The Germans suffered losses, but continued to move forward. They came to the positions of Battalion 500 - 600 meters. You could shoot a gun, but waited Peretrukhin. He decided bit of the enemy at close distance and at close range strike from all the firepower at the same time. The idea of the commander was brilliantly performed. A sudden fire from a distance of 150 - 200 meters stunned opponent. The enemy melted away before the eyes of the chain. Fire anti-tank guns were destroyed several tanks, the rest took refuge in the hollow. The first attack by the fascists was reflected.

Do not bring success to the enemy and the subsequent attack. Then Hitler's command has increased the advancing group is self-propelled guns and tanks, and made yet another, fourth, and the most fierce attack. At this time the Nazis inflicted major blow in the direction of height 51,5 to dominate the surrounding area. The Soviet soldiers fought till the last, but superior enemy forces still managed to break into the location of one of the companies. At this critical moment there appeared Peretrukhin. Together with a small group of men, he jumped out of the trench, and all heard his manly voice: "Forward!" For the Motherland! " Threw a hand grenade at the Nazis were pressing, he opened a withering fire from machine. The Nazis did not stand a friendly attack by Soviet soldiers and ran back. At this point, an enemy bullet struck down a hero.

. B atalon Major Peretrukhina retained their positions, destroying one tank and two self-propelled guns and 670 soldiers and officers, 30 of them destroyed personally Peretrukhin.

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. Sources:
. 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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