(1902 - 18. 7. 1943)
With tepan Ignatievich Hirkov, foreman, assistant commander of the rifle platoon and the Party 3rd Company 1322-Infantry Regiment, 413th Infantry Division, was born in 1902 in a. Yelan Rtischevskogo District, Saratov Region. Russian. Primary Education. In the prewar years, he worked on the farm foreman, manager of the farm, the head of household, chairman Artel, and then - the village council chairman Elanskogo. In the Soviet Army was in 1924 - 1925 and 1941 - 1943 respectively.
During the Great Patriotic War, fought on the Western Front. Participated in the battles of Moscow, Rzhev, Sychovka and Zhizdra. Thrice wounded. For military distinction was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2 nd degree (1943).
. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union Stepan Ignatyevich Hirkovu awarded posthumously June 3, 1944 for courage and valor in battle, for great contribution to the organization of the Party and mass work.
At the time of the battle Hirkova can be seen on the most difficult areas
. Good word, good advice, funny joke Stepan Ignatievich encouragement fighters raised their faith in their strength in their arms in a victory over the enemy. And when you want, go ahead, show an example of courage and valor. So it was July 18, 1943 in the battle for the village near Palika Zhizdra.
At dawn, precisely at the appointed hour, opened artillery preparation. Under the cover of a third company has popped up on the starting line, and boldly attacked the enemy. Everything went according to plan, but soon with the right wing struck the enemy machine gun opened up on the left of the Nazi machine gunners. Unable to withstand the rain of bullets, the company lay ...
Hirkov lay in the crater and thought about how to save people from death. Nearby was a machine gunner James bold.
- Look here, sonny, - turned to him Hirkov. - Tell the sergeant Lebedev to his office shielded me with fire. - And at once quickly and nimbly crawled toward an enemy machine gun.
After some time in the position of the enemy were heard one after the other two deaf explosion. Enemy bunker was shrouded in smoke and dust. Gun silent. The company got into the attack and broke into the first trench.
The next morning the battle for Palika erupted with renewed force. Our troops captured the important high. The enemy will bring up the reserves, went into a counter. The position of a company moving enemy tanks. For them, shooting on the move, the chain went tommy.
Tags small-arms fire fascist infantry was pinned down to earth. Two tanks caught fire from the artillery shells, the rest went forward. A minute later they broke into the location of the company, but the men met them with anti-tank grenades.
Having lost four tanks and dozens of soldiers, the Germans retreated. But not for long. Soon they made a second counter, and then a third.
. At the critical moment of battle, when the tanks are very close to the positions of the company, heard the call of the party organizer Hirkova: "Forward, my friends!" With a grenade in his hand he threw himself on approaching him an enemy tank
. Steel whopper spinning on the spot. But at the same second breast Hirkova was penetrated by an enemy bullet, his legs were broken by shrapnel shell. The hero died of wounds on the battlefield. Soon the company, and behind it the whole band broke into the Palika. The enemy was routed.
Sources: 1) Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary
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2) Rumyantsev.N.M. People legendary heroism ". Saratov. 1968