Please, meet BESSONNY Ivan Grigorievich, 1918 – a rifleman of 1214 rifle regiment, 364 rifle division. Wounded at least twice. Awarded with medal “For Bravery” for the action, which took place around 28 April 1945.
Citation: “Rifleman of 5th rifle company private BESSONNY Ivan Grigorievich for the engagement during assault on a house in the North-Eastern part of Berlin, in which he was the first to rush into the house and clear 2 rooms off the enemy, taking 5 Hitlerites prisoner.“
The maps disclose the sector, in which BESSONNY stormed a house – near Rudolf-Schwarz-Straße.
Please, meet the machine-gunner of the recon company of 27 Guards motorised rifle brigade Guards private SVERGUNETS Petr Ignatievich, 1926. 19 year old… in service since May 1944. Wounded lightly once. Medal “For Combat Merits” for the action in Berlin, when the reconnaissance company was providing scouting support ahead of the main force, which was crossing Spree into the Plänterwald park: “In the night of 23-24 April 1945, when the battalion was force crossing the river Spree, Guards private SVERGUNETS together with a group of scouts was conducting reconnaissance of the enemy forward line. During the night, SVERGUNETS used a hand grenade and destroyed an enemy machine-gun, which harassed our rifle units crossing the river. He also captured an enemy ober-lieutenant and took him to the headquarters. During the whole battle for Berlin, he always fulfilled his objectives properly and in time. He proved himself as a courageous and brave scout in the fight against the German invaders.“
Guards Lt. CHUKHLIBENKO Dmitry Parfentievich, 1924. Tank company commander, 2 battalion, 1 Guards tank brigade, 8 Guards mechanised corps, 1 Guards tank army, 1 Belorussian front. The ORB is for the action at Seelow heights on 17-18 April 1945. According to the 1GuTA history, his “tank was the first to rush into the heights and in the ensuing vicious fight destroyed 2 heavy caliber cannons, suppressed 2 firing positions , and eliminated up to 40 enemy personnel.” After that, CHUKHLIBENKO’s company took the village Dolgelin (17/Apr @13:00) and then attacked Diedersdorf. His company captured Diedersdorf. In this engagement CHUKHLIBENKO was severely wounded in the head. The veteran was also bestowed with Red Star in April 1944 and OAN in March 1945.