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SOKOLOV Mikhail Andrianovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(20. 12. 1919)

M ihail Andrianovich Sokolov, lieutenant, commander of the armored brigade armored Azov Flotilla. Born December 20, 1919 in g. Saratov. Russian. After graduating from high school voluntarily entered the Naval School.

During the Great Patriotic War, fought on the Azov and Black Seas. Participated in the liberation of the coastal cities of Taganrog, Zhdanov, Osipenko, Kerch and Sevastopol. For the differences in the battles and impeccable service in the Navy awarded the Order of the Red Banner (1943), . Alexander Nevsky (1944), . World War 1-st degree (1945), . two Orders of Red Star (1943, . 1957), . medals "For Military Merit" (1950), . "For the victory over Germany in World War II 1941 - 1945 gg." and four other medals.,

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Mikhail Sokolov Andrianovich awarded on Jan. 22, 1944 for valor and courage in the Kerch landing operation.


In early November 1943, . after the defeat of Nazi groups on the Taman Peninsula, . troops of the North-Caucasian Front, together with the Black Sea Fleet and Azov Flotilla conducted amphibious operation, . which resulted in the Kerch was captured important operational foothold, . served as the starting areas for further action for the release of the Crimea.,

. Armored N 132, . commanded by Lieutenant Sokolov, . given the task to take on board the assault force of 2 Guards Rifle Division, . make the transition sea and put him to engage the enemy coast of the Kerch Peninsula vrayoneGleyki.2 November, . loaded onto a ship 40, . Sokolov sailed,
. At half past ten in the evening he reached the designated point and proceeded to land people on the shore. Nearby, in many parts of the coast, with a flotilla of warships and transports, amphibious landing groups of other parts of the 56-th army. The Nazis discovered the ships, raised the alarm, highlighted the Strait of rockets and searchlights. In tighter minute machine-gun came alive, talking all the 45 coastal batteries of the enemy.

Despite heavy enemy fire, the landing lasted. Assault group, which brought ashore Sokolov, has entered into mortal combat with superior enemy. The commander of armored saw paratroopers lay under the fire of enemy machine guns. He took his boat out to sea and well-aimed shots from a cannon and heavy machine guns silenced weapon emplacements of enemy. Convinced that guards clung to the rocky edge of the shore, Sokolov took a boat for the next party assault. Faced with a patrol boat N 1, it took away 52 people and successfully landed them in the same place - near the village Gleyki.

. Under the plan the operation armored Sokolova was supposed to go now to the pier on the spit Chushka, where he had expected the assault force another part
. Prior to the pier just a few kilometers, but how to get to him? In the sea and on the spit exploded hundreds of shells, fountains of water rose around. Tracer bullets and shells traced the sky in all directions. Dozens of our batteries with braids Chushka hit on enemy fortifications. Filled the air, and our enemy night bombers, and there, there was heard the dull and the hooting of a rolling bomb.

. Changing tack, skillfully avoiding dangerous areas, damaged by enemy fire, Sokolov brought his boat to the pier and took on board the second assault party, in 3 hours and 45 minutes to put him in a dangerous area of the village.

. Fter landing assault troops Sokolov on his small boat, . under constant enemy fire, . without rest, . made before dawn eleven flights and tossed with spit Chushka springboard for 373 persons with weapons, . four 45-mm cannon, . 108 boxes of ammunition and 600 liters of fresh water.

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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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