Last great ace
I want to tell about the life of a man with whom a journalistic fate once brought me together. About a man in whom self-esteem and absolute inner freedom were…

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Callsign "Maestro"
Vitaly Ivanovich Popkov, the future Maestro and future Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, went to the front in early May 1942 after several reports. From the very beginning, the…

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Rechkalov Grigory Andreevich
Born on February 9, 1920 in the village of Khudyakovo, now the village of Zaikovo, Sverdlovsk Region, in a peasant family. He graduated from the 6 classes of an incomplete…

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Marshal of the Soviet Union Chuikov V.I.
Chuikov Vasily Ivanovich (Fig. 38) - Soviet military leader, Marshal of the Soviet Union, twice Hero of the Soviet Union. Born on January 31 (February 12), 1900 in the village…

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Stepped into immortality: little-known heroes of the Great Patriotic War

During the years of the Great Patriotic War, the highest Soviet award – the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union – was awarded to 11,657 soldiers and officers of the Red Army, 3,051 posthumously. Feats were performed on land, sea, in the air. Not all heroes are widely known. RIA Novosti recalls some of them.

Tankman
Guard Captain Vladimir Bochkovsky is a true ace in tank combat. During the war years, he destroyed 36 units of enemy armored vehicles. He was on the verge of death more than once, seriously wounded four times, burned five times. Continue reading

Clubs Alexander Fedorovich Twice Hero of the Soviet Union

Klubov Alexander Fedorovich – deputy commander of a fighter aviation squadron (1943), assistant commander for airborne rifle service of the 16th Guards Sandomierz Fighter Aviation Regiment of the 9th Guards Mariupol Order of Bogdan Khmelnitsky 2nd degree Fighter Aviation Division of the 6th Guards Lviv Fighter Aviation corps of the 2nd Air Army, guard captain.

By the beginning of World War II, he served in the Air Force of the Transcaucasian Military District in the 10th Fighter Aviation Regiment, in which in August 1941 he participated in the operation to bring Soviet troops into Iran. In October 1941 he was transferred to the 84th Fighter Aviation Regiment. Continue reading

Nikolai Mikhailovich Skomorokhov

V. Vysotsky dedicated the “Ballad of the Dead Pilot”, the lines from which you read, to the fighter pilot, twice Hero of the Soviet Union – Nikolai Skomorokhov and his friend, namesake, Nikolai Gorbunov, who died in the sky of Budapest.

Nikolai Mikhailovich Skomorokhov was born on May 19, 1920 in the village of Lapot, Saratov province. Continue reading

Air Marshal Nikolai Mikhailovich Skomorokhov
The future ace pilot was born into a peasant family. In 1930, the family moved to Astrakhan, where in 1935 Nikolai graduated from the 7th grade. For the next two…

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Double, Triple and Quadruple Heroes
The concept of "twice, thrice, four times Hero" today seems somewhat strange, probably it would be more correct to talk about awarding several Gold Star medals. But this is a…

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