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STARIKOV Mikhail Ivanovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(19. 10. 1921)

M ihail I. Starikov, a senior sergeant, a platoon commander, small 1 st Battalion 19 th Mechanized Brigade, was born October 19, 1921 in g. Perm. Russian. Graduated from the 6 classes of junior high school. Before conscription Gulkevichskom worked as a laborer in the military enlistment office of Krasnodar Krai. In the Soviet Army was in 1942 - 1946 respectively.

From August 1942 until the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic War, fought at Stalingrad, Steppenwolf, 2-m 2-Ukrainian and Byelorussian fronts. Participated in the defense of Stalingrad, the liberation of Ukraine, Poland, defeating the enemy in Germany. Double shot. For military distinctions awarded medals "For Courage" (1943), "For the defense of Stalingrad" and three other medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Mikhail Ivanovich Starikov awarded on Dec. 20, 1943 for bravery and courage, . shown during the Dnieper crossing, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the right bank.,

. D emobilizovavshis of the Soviet Army, MI
. Starikov, arrived for permanent residence in g. Saratov. Worked on the Volga railway.

R run away, the borders ... Many of them were on the way of Michael Starikov, they are all different and unlike each other. Some were on the steppe hills, others - on the rivers, others - on forest edges. But he "met with our soldiers with the same" hospitality ": evil machine-gun bursts, booming explosions and mortar shells, the whistle of bullets and fragments. And to overcome them, a lot of blood was shed soldier ...

One of these perhaps the most difficult lines was Dnipro. Brigade, which served Starikov, went to the river at the end of September 1943. After heavy and stubborn fighting to eliminate the enemy's beachhead in the area of Kremenchug unit was taken to the rear. But hardly had a rest. Three days later the order was received cross the Dnieper at Mishurin Horn.

Departments raft under heavy artillery fire and run into battle with enemy counterattacks. Starikov platoon had 14 men armed with assault rifles and four machine guns. The first battle on the beachhead was the most difficult. Germans allowed the tanks and broken almost to the river. The threat of loss springboard. Two tanks proutyuzhili trench, but the injury did not bring. Starikov hit the infantry, follow tanks. Quickly thinned out the enemy's chain. The Nazis did not stand a lead shower, lay down, come to confusion. Old man raised his platoon in a counterattack and drove the Nazis from the coast. Meanwhile, the fire burned our protivotankistov enemy tanks. The situation was restored.

In the next few days fierce fighting broke out over the height of 147,4. Here the enemy had developed a network of trenches and bunkers dozen. From whatever side we approached our men to the positions of the enemy, everywhere they were met by a dense fire. Hold down the height, the enemy had the opportunity not only to adjust artillery fire, and fire our guns from crossing. Without the defeat of the host resistance could be no hope for a lasting consolidation and further expansion of the bridgehead.

Brigade Commander Colonel Ershov decided to master the high night. Starikov platoon burst into the enemy's first. After destroying two machine-gun bunker and combat outposts Nazis, Starikov provided a successful attack battalion. In a night battle the enemy was defeated, the height was taken.

. In one battle on the outskirts of Kirovograd November 27, 1943 Sergeant old man was seriously wounded and sent to the hospital.

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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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