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YAKOVLEV Vasily Fedorovich

( Hero of the Soviet Union)

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(23. 2. 1901 - 28. 7. 1971)

In asil Fedorovich Yakovlev, Guard lieutenant colonel, commander of the 340-th Guards Rifle Regiment 121 of the Red Guards Rifle Gomel Red Banner Order of Suvorov Division. Born February 23, 1901 in a. Large Zhydovich Novgorod region. Russian. He graduated from primary school in 1914. Prior military service he worked in Mr.. Leningrad apprentice jeweler podkatchikom coal in the waterworks, the city kennel keeper. In the Soviet Army, he served from 1919 to 1946. Participated in the battles with the White Army and interventionists in 1919 - 1920 years at Petrograd, in the battles on the CER in 1929, the Soviet-Finnish War 1939 - 1940. Central and 1 st Ukrainian fronts. Participated in the battles of Stalingrad and Kursk, the liberation of Belarus, Ukraine, Poland, Czechoslovakia, defeating the enemy in Germany. Wounded four times, including twice - hard. For military distinction and impeccable service in the Soviet Army was awarded the Order of Lenin (1945), . four Orders of the Red Banner (1943, . 1944 - 2, . 1945), . Order of the Patriotic War, 1 st degree (1943), . Red Star (1942), . medals "XX years of Workers 'and Peasants' Red Army", . "For the Defense of Stalingrad, . "For the liberation of Prague and two other medals.,

. W tion of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and medal "Gold
. Star Vasily Fedorovich Yakovlev was awarded April 10, 1945, for his able leadership of the regiment as they crossed the Oder River, capture and hold a bridgehead on the west bank of the river and shown courage and bravery.

. Fter the war VF
. Yakovlev - a retired colonel, lived in Mr.. Saratov. Died July 28, 1971.

In mid-January, Soviet troops launched an ambitious in its scope Vistula-Oder offensive. Polk Yakovlev in this operation take a back seat. But the mass of thousands of troops he was the cog, from the failure of which could suffer a serious accident all the huge machine offensive mounted by skillful hands commander. Acting as part of the 13th Army from Sandomierz bridgehead in the general direction of Breslau, the guardsmen were purified from the Nazis Polish cities and villages, carrying freedom and independence of the Polish people.

. During the first two weeks of the onset of the fighting regiment Yakovlev moved to the west for 300 kilometers and 25 January went to the Oder in the area Kebena
. On the west bank of the river the Germans were strong fortifications. Along the coast stretched trench full profile with pillboxes and bunkers. Before the front line have been established anti-tank and antipersonnel minefields and barbed wire. At the firing positions were dozens of artillery batteries, shoot fire dense river and every piece of accessible terrain for troops. All settlements in the Oder have been transformed into powerful centers of resistance.

. Guardsmen were ordered to move cross the Oder and establish a bridgehead on the left bank of the River.

. On rafts and boats regiment under heavy fire of the enemy crossed the Oder and with offices 4 Panzer Army joined the fight with the enemy.

. Going forward, destroying the strongholds of the enemy, Yakovlev Guard seized a bridgehead and held it until crossing the main forces of division
. Colonel Yakovlev crossed to the western bank of the river, along with leading companies of and personally led the battle to capture and expand the bridgehead. Only during the January 26 guardsmen repulsed counterattacks 8. In the battle for the village Veissi Yakovlev was seriously wounded, but continued to lead the fight to the long lost consciousness.

Guardsmen Yakovlev continued to smash the enemy to complete victory. The good news about the end of the war they met in Prague.

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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