(21. 6. 1923 - 4. 1. 1989)
S tory Sokolov, Guard lieutenant, commander of the T-34 2 nd Battalion 45 th Guards Tank Brigade. Born June 21, 1923 in a. Small Uzen Petrograd district of the Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from high school in his native village and a military tank school. The Red Army went on the Komsomol in May 1941.
During the Great Patriotic War - from December 1942 to May 1945 - fought at Stalingrad, Voronezh, 1-m 1-Ukrainian and Byelorussian fronts. Participated in the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, the liberation of Ukraine, Poland and the storming of Berlin. Slightly injured in 1943. For military distinctions awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 1 st degree (1943), . medal "For Defense of Stalingrad, . "For the liberation of Warsaw", . "For the capture of Berlin", . "For Victory over Germany in World War II 1941 - -1945 gg." and many other awards and medals.,
. W tion of Hero of the Soviet Union, . with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Yuri Sergeyevich Sokolov was awarded April 24, 1944 for bravery and courage, . demonstrated in offensive operations in Right Bank Ukraine, . and causing great damage to the enemy in repelling his counterattacks from the area of Vinnitsa.,
. In the postwar period Yu.S.
. Sokolov graduated from the Military Academy of Armored Forces. Died Jan. 4, 1989.
On the eve of 1944 troops of the 1 st Ukrainian Front began the Zhitomir-operation Berdichevsky. During the offensive armor front moved forward by 80 - 100 kilometers. Some units broke through to the rear of the enemy. In the composition of these units was the crew of Lieutenant Sokolova. After destroying 4 enemy self-propelled guns, tank crews, headed by Sokolov first 9 th January 1944 came to a railroad Vinnitsa - Zhmerynka and within four days kept her, reflecting the counter superior enemy forces.
. After launching a counterattack, the Germans steadily built up their forces
. In the Vinnitsa region came the division taken from the southern section of the front. Bold stroke against the enemy tank crews Nazis inflicted heavy losses. An audacious raid on the enemy, 10 January 1944 and made lieutenant Sokolov. Being in the exploration, he discovered one of the stations had just arrived trains, prepared to discharge. Opened fire with cannon and machine guns, Sokolov lit tank with gasoline. Taking advantage of surprise attacks and panic arose among the fascists, the daring crew destroyed the 8 self-propelled guns and 350 soldiers and officers.
. Soon Part 1 of the First Ukrainian Front had to stop the offensive and take measures to reflect the attacks of superior forces of the enemy
. Bitter fighting lasted for nearly two weeks. The enemy succeeded pressed our troops on 20 - 25 miles beyond its advance was halted. During these battles Sokolov once again demonstrated the iron resistance and high military skill. January 14, 1944 in a battle near the village of Broad Ore Sokolova tank was hit, but the guard did not leave the car. Fire from the place he had destroyed the enemy self-propelled gun, and after him set fire to a heavy tank "Tiger". The Nazis decided to take the crew captive. In the area of battle approached Nazi armored infantry. Best shot of the gun Sokolov defeated the "three armored personnel carriers. To repair the tank, he led his military vehicle in the enemy infantry, and, crushing her tracks, broke out of encirclement.
In the following days the crew of Lieutenant Sokolova also distinguished himself in the best possible. Repelling the counterattack Nazis, brave tankers destroyed 2 bunkers, 2 anti-tank guns, 3 machine-guns in the calculations, 15 vehicles, 5 armored personnel carriers with guns and up to 60 enemy soldiers and officers.
. March 30, 1944 Sokolov, one of the first crossed the Prut River and on the shoulders of the retreating enemy broke into Mr.
. Chernivtsi. The war ended in Berlin, the commander of a tank platoon.
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