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TOLSTOV Peter Egorovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(14. 10. 1917 - 8. 6. 1986)

P employee Egorovich Tolstov, junior commander, commander of the 6-gun battery 40 th Artillery Regiment, 4 th Infantry Division. Born October 14, 1917 in a. Ishkovke Ivanteevsky district of Saratov region. Russian. He graduated from the seven-year school in his native village. In 1938 he was drafted into the Soviet Army.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star Medal "awarded to Peter Yegorovich Tolstov April 7, 1940 for bravery and courage in the battles on the Karelian isthmus.

. In 1941 P.E
. Tolstov graduated from the Odessa School of Artillery, he was awarded the rank of lieutenant. During the Great Patriotic War - from March 1942 to May 1945 - fought in the Karelian, Southern, 4 th Ukrainian, 1 and 2 of the First Byelorussian Front. He participated in the liberation of Donbass, Crimea, Belarus, Poland, in defeating the Nazis in Germany. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army awarded the Order of Alexander Nevsky (1945), . World War 2 nd degree (1944), . Red Star (1953) and the medals "For Military Merit" (1948), . "For the liberation of Warsaw", . "For the victory over Germany in World War II 1941 - 1945 gg.", . "XXX years of the Soviet Army and Navy", . "For perfect service" 1-st degree, . "Twenty Years of Victory in Great Patriotic War 1941 - 1945 gg." and the Polish medal for Oder, . Neisse and Baltic.,

. In 1951 P.E
. Tolstov graduated from the High School and an artillery officer until 1958 he served in the Soviet Army. Colonel stock, lived in Kazakhstan - in the village of Merka Zhambyl region. Died June 8, 1986.

In oinsky talent Tolstova fully manifested when Soviet troops broke through the so-called Mannerheim Line. February 22, 1940 in the area Sulminkayte our infantry was halted by machine-gun fire of the enemy. Enemy machine guns were found at the edge of the woods and on the railway embankment. Command has decided to present to the open position of fire 76-millimeter cannon and direct fire to destroy the weapon emplacements of enemy. Implementation of this complex and life-threatening problems have been charged with the better part of the gunner, commanded by junior leader Tolstov. Under heavy fire of machine guns and snipers entrenched on the trees, "cuckoo" Tolstoy took the firing position under the very noses of the Finnish Whites and accurate fire destroyed two enemy machine gun and several "cuckoo". At the time of the task of the infantry fired mortar enemy. Finding it, Tolstov three mortar shells destroyed the enemy. Our infantry went up to the attack and took the grove, which was of great tactical significance.

Relying on long-term facilities Mannerheim Line, the Finns desperately resisted, but under the powerful blows of the Soviet troops were forced to retreat. March 4, 1940 fierce fighting broke out in the church at Kexholmsky direction. Here the enemy with dozens of concrete pillboxes and blockhouses connected by passages message. Stood 30-degree frosts, snow depth reached three meters. Roads covered with snow blizzard. The advent of our units at the site stopped. And again came to the rescue of the infantry gunners. Dark night in the 100 - 120 yards from enemy trenches Tolstov constructed a trench, found in him his gun and with the dawn, when the enemy was still asleep, opened accurate fire on enemy fortifications. A short time, the daring high-explosive artillery shells destroyed three bunkers. The enemy saw the gunners and opened mortar fire. The gun was damaged. Using the weakening of the fire, the Finns went to the counter, intending to capture the daring prisoner. However Tolstov by calculation under enemy fire managed to eliminate damage. At a time when the Finns came close to the gun at 30 - 40 meters, Tolstov opened rapid fire grapeshot. Leaving the battlefield dozens of corpses, the enemy retreated ...

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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