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Fadeev, Alexei Ivanovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(10. 11. 1922)

And Alexis I. Fadeev, sergeant, section commander 6 th single-motorized pontoon bridge battalion, was born November 10, 1922 in a. Wide gully Volsky (formerly. Shirokobuerakskogo) district of Saratov region. Russian. Graduated 10 classes of high school in his native village. In the Soviet Army, he served from 1941 to 1945.

From October 1942 until November 1943 had fought in the South-West, Stalingrad, steppe, Voronezh and 2 of the First Ukrainian Front. He participated in the Stalingrad and Kursk battles to liberate Ukraine. Thrice wounded and wounded. 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" Alexei Ivanovich awarded Fadeev October 26, 1943 for bravery and courage, . shown during the Dnieper crossing, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the west bank of the River.,

. From November 1943 until May 1945 AI
. Fadeev studied at the Leningrad military engineering school named AA. Zhdanov. In 1945, for health reasons, was fired from the Soviet Army. He graduated from the regional Party School and Law Institute. Second Lieutenant stock. Lived and worked in Mr.. Saratov.

On the night of September 25, 1943 forward detachments 7 th Guards Army on the run crossed the Dnieper on a Mishurin Horn - Domotkan. By the morning of the river were already whole regiments that have deployed fighting for the retention and expansion of small bridgeheads. Using smoke screens, the troops did not stop crossing of the river and the afternoon. But, in order to expand the bridgehead and combine them into one overall, it was necessary to immediately cross the river heavy military equipment of the 7 th Guards and 37 th army - tanks, self-propelled artillery. This task was entrusted to the army and the front part of the engineering.

Pontoon-bridge Battalion, which served Fadeev, went to the Dnieper River at night with the advanced detachments of infantry. After removing pontoons from motor vehicles, the soldiers began to assemble the device and the ferry pier, the morning was collected four sesqui pontoons, each of which had an outboard motor and oars in case the engine fails.

. There was a clear sunny morning of September 28
. Loaded onto ferries vanguard of the infantry, along with weapons and military equipment, pontoon set off on first flight. In the middle of the Dnieper paratroopers were heavily shelled by the village Derievki, followed by those on the ferry appeared fascist bombers. By diving "Junkers" Our anti-aircraft guns opened fire and the soldiers with small arms ferries. Head the aircraft was shot down immediately, and without leaving the peak, left the cart. Other vultures dropped bombs on the ferries. The explosions of shells and bombs seething river, the smoke of the fountains of water and formed a fog it was impossible to understand the situation.

A few minutes later the bombing and shelling stopped. Afloat was only one fourth the pontoon, which was Fadeev. It survived seven pontoon and five-machine with two machine guns. Among them are senior in military rank was Fadeev. Command of the ferry and a group of men he claimed.

Working the oars, our soldiers landed on the ferry to the western shore, and leaving him, came to grips with the enemy. After a short battle group Fadeeva managed to knock an opponent with sand skyscrapers and take it.

The Germans dropped against a handful of our soldiers whole company with three tanks. Fadeev and his comrades destroy the tank grenades repulsed the enemy onslaught and held on a piece of reclaimed land until the next morning. At dawn, it reinforced. The bridgehead was expanded and soon merged into one common size of up to 25 kilometers wide and up to 15 kilometers in depth. Badly wounded Fadeev was sent for treatment in hospital.

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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