(28. 9. 1910 - 24. 6. 1969)
M ihail A. Shkunov, Guard lieutenant colonel, commander of the 136-th Guards Rifle Regiment, 42 Guards Rifle Division Prylutskaya Red Banner, was born September 28, 1910 in a. Small Perelaz Ershovskogo District, Saratov Region. Russian. In 1928-1931 he studied in Vladikavkaz military infantry school, after which he served at the command staff. In May 1935, was fired from the Soviet Army. Until 1941 he worked in the Krasnodar Krai Deputy Director of the School of tractor mechanics in Azov, Deputy. Director raykombinata in the village of Staro Minsk, Chairman of the old-Osoaviahima Minsk District Council, the secretary of the party organization kolkhoz Shcherbakov, deputy director of the Novo-Yasensky MTS for political affairs.
. From July 1941 to March 1944 had fought in the West, Steppenwolf, 1 and 2 of the First Ukrainian Front
. Participated in the defense of Moscow, Battle of Kursk and the defeat of Nazi troops in Ukraine. Wounded four times, twice wounded. For military distinctions awarded the Order of Lenin (1944), two Orders of Red Banner (1943, 1944), the medal "For Defense of Moscow, dvumfya other medals.
. W tion with the award of Hero of the Soviet Order of Lenin and medal "Gold Star" Mikhail Alekseevich Shkunovu awarded Oct. 29, 1943 for bravery, . courage and leadership shown by the regiment in crossing the Dnieper, . capture and hold a bridgehead on the west bank of the River.,
. In the postwar years, MA
. Shkunov graduated from the Higher Party School of the Central Committee. He was repeatedly elected a member of the Krasnodar Party Committee and deputy of the regional Council of People's Deputies. Died June 24, 1969.
In July 1943, at Kursk, . during a fierce battle in the area Prokhorovka, . 136 Guards Rifle Regiment under the command of Shkunova intercepted the enemy tank columns, . and then in the 5 th Guards Army moved into a decisive counteroffensive and drove the enemy on the starting positions,
. During the ten days of fighting the regiment destroyed more than 3 thousand Nazis, 11 tanks, to release the 20 settlements.
A strong center of resistance of the enemy on the way to the Dnieper River was the city Priluki. To avoid protracted battles and great sacrifices, the command of 40 Army decided to make a workaround and sudden attack from the rear to take the city. Implementation of this complex and challenging task was assigned to the regiment Shkunova.
. By defeating the enemy in the screens farms Kudvabrovsky, . completing 20-mile night march in the rear of the enemy, . Guardsmen Shkunova with a group of Chernigov guerrillas at dawn on Sept. 20, 1943 entered into Pryе-uki from the south-west and after a hot battle liberated the city from the Nazis.,
. Continuing the pursuit of the enemy, the regiment Shkunova one of the first in the 40-th army crossed the Dnieper south of Kiev and seized a bridgehead in the vicinity of villages and Grebenki Yushki
. For seventeen days were continuous fighting, but the regiment stood, reflected all the counterattacks, and held an important springboard needed for the further development of our offensive. Wherever it was difficult, which evolved the most complex situation, there was Shkunov. His indefatigable energy, clear instructions and personal courage, he inspired his subordinates to heroic feats.
Soon after the fighting, MA. Shkunov the rank of colonel and was appointed deputy commander of the 42-th Division. March 17, 1944 in a fierce battle near Vinnitsa he was seriously wounded. Lacking the ability to move, Shkunov continued to direct subordinate units to perform combat tasks.
During the year, Colonel Shkunov was in the hospital. In connection with Disabilities in April 1945 was dismissed.
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