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CHITALIN Mikhail Ivanovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(23. 7. 1911 - 25. 3. 1980)

M ihail I. Chitalin, lieutenant, deputy commander of the 1 st Battalion, 989 Infantry Regiment of the political section, was born July 23, 1911 in a. Resurrection of the Saratov region Saratov region. Russian. After 6 classes for two years was a shepherd. From 1927 to 1933 he worked as a loader in. Volsk, Astrakhan and Perm. From 1933 to 1941 he served in the armed forces of the OGPU, both within two years (1939 - 1941) worked part-time komvuza in Moscow. From May to August 1941 was the chairman of the Resurrection District Council Osoaviahima.

From August 1941 to December 1943 fought against the Nazi invaders in the West, Voronezh, Central and 1 st Ukrainian fronts. Participated in the defense, Voronezh-Kastornoye offensive. Battle of Kursk and the liberation of Ukraine. Wounded and bruised. For military distinction awarded two medals.

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Mikhail Ivanovich Chitalinu awarded Oct. 17, 1943 for bravery and courage, . shown during the Dnieper crossing, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the west bank of the River.,

. On the shadow of 1945 MI
. Chitalin was fired from the Soviet Army in the reserve and returned to his native village. Since 1951, he lived and worked in Mr.. Volgograd. Died March 25, 1980.

At the end of September 1943 of the 226-Glukhovskoy Infantry Division, which included serving Chitalin, went to the Dnieper and the move began to force the river. Chitalina first battalion in the division crossed the west bank of the Dnieper River near the mouth of Grouse and, seizing a bridgehead on the orders of the commander of the regiment in on the turn made.

. The enemy made a strong counterattack, trying to reset the unit to the river and the elimination of a bridgehead
. Multi-day battle ensued, during which soldiers of the battalion showed iron stamina and heroism. Especially strong contractions occurred on October 2. At the 1 st Battalion of the Nazis were advancing on three sides by up to an infantry regiment with 20 tanks. Battalion commander, Captain Nazarov was killed in the first minutes of battle, and command unit assumed Chitalin. Soldiers and officers knew him since the formation of the regiment as a brave and enterprising officer, demanding and fair political worker, are committed to a subordinate, the maintenance of discipline in the battalion and order.

. ... In the evening the Nazis rose to the eighth attack
. In front of the infantry were the heavy tanks. It seemed that there is no longer the strength to hold back the onslaught of the enemy: dead tired soldiers, little ammunition left, companies suffered a great loss ...

. But the shot sounded "EP," struck at the enemy's chains closed positions with artillery, rifles and machine guns rattled
. With burning hatred for the enemy, with great responsibility for the fate of the men re-entered a springboard into a fierce battle with the enemy. But soon the guns fell silent, had spent the last discs and tapes. Using the weakening of the fire, the Nazis came close to the positions of Battalion 100 - 200 meters. In many sectors began a melee. Particularly hard hit that the Nazis in the battalion observation post. In the unequal struggle were killed everyone who was close to Chitalinym. Brave officer fighting off enemies with grenades and fire from the machine.

At this critical moment of battle suddenly came to life, our guns. It is the men who were sent Chitalinym, taken from the Dnieper ammunition and grenades. The fire of our gunners was disastrous. Nazis retreated.

The day of battle battalion Chitalina destroyed over 300 enemy soldiers and officers. Before the battalion observation post was strewn with corpses of 47 fascist.

In December 1943, in the area Korosten Chitalin, seriously wounded and shell-shocked, he was captured. In May 1944 he escaped from the camp and on the territory of Poland created a partisan group, which operated until the connection with parts of the Soviet Army on Jan. 17, 1945.

. ---
. 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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