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Red Army soldier with a mine detector on the city ruins
Soviet sappers on the Spree embankment
Defenses of Leningrad
Sappers Sergeant V. Bulanov and Corporal A. Shishlov making a pass in defense wiring, September 1944
Sergeant C. Tkachenko, who cleared more than 150 mines with a mine detector under the enemy fire, 1943
Red Army soldier A. G. Zubakin and Sergeant M. V. Kamensky make passes in wire entanglement in the Sinyavino area near Leningrad
The best sapper of the unit, Sergeant Major V. Pinenkov, awarded the Order of the Red Star and the badge "Excellent sapper"
Soviet sappers restore a bridge destroyed by the Nazis at Kalinin Front
Sappers of Senior Lieutenant E. Poddubny's unit cut enemy wire entanglements. Leningrad front
Sappers A. N. Zhdanov and Ya. P. Totmyanin lay mines on the approaches to the wire entanglements in one of the sections of the Leningrad front
Alexander Kaburkin
Karakyan Armenak Krikorovich
Red Army pioneer with a mine detector on the ruins of the city (Berlin)
Mine clearance unit on Dzerzhinsky square in liberated Kharkov
Mine clearance unit on Dzerzhinsky square in liberated Kharkov
Soviet pioneers on the embankment of the river Spree
Red Army pioneer with a mine detector on the ruins of the city (Berlin)
A group of track workers restore railway tracks at the Kerch-II station after the liberation of the city from Nazi invaders, Kerch, April 1944. Photo by Mark Redkin/TASS
Soviet pontoniers build a bridge across the Prut River, Romania, 1944. Photo by Yevgeny Khaldei/TASS
A view of the Franz Joseph Bridge over the Danube River that had been destroyed by German forces and later restored by military engineers of the Red Army, Budapest, 1945
Unit of engineering troops of the Soviet Army on the roads of Europe
Red Army soldier with a mine detector on the city ruins
Soviet sappers on the Spree embankment
Defenses of Leningrad
Sappers Sergeant V. Bulanov and Corporal A. Shishlov making a pass in defense wiring, September 1944
Sergeant C. Tkachenko, who cleared more than 150 mines with a mine detector under the enemy fire, 1943
Red Army soldier A. G. Zubakin and Sergeant M. V. Kamensky make passes in wire entanglement in the Sinyavino area near Leningrad
The best sapper of the unit, Sergeant Major V. Pinenkov, awarded the Order of the Red Star and the badge "Excellent sapper"
Soviet sappers restore a bridge destroyed by the Nazis at Kalinin Front
Sappers of Senior Lieutenant E. Poddubny's unit cut enemy wire entanglements. Leningrad front
Sappers A. N. Zhdanov and Ya. P. Totmyanin lay mines on the approaches to the wire entanglements in one of the sections of the Leningrad front
Alexander Kaburkin
Karakyan Armenak Krikorovich
Red Army pioneer with a mine detector on the ruins of the city (Berlin)
Mine clearance unit on Dzerzhinsky square in liberated Kharkov
Mine clearance unit on Dzerzhinsky square in liberated Kharkov
Soviet pioneers on the embankment of the river Spree
Red Army pioneer with a mine detector on the ruins of the city (Berlin)
A group of track workers restore railway tracks at the Kerch-II station after the liberation of the city from Nazi invaders, Kerch, April 1944. Photo by Mark Redkin/TASS
Soviet pontoniers build a bridge across the Prut River, Romania, 1944. Photo by Yevgeny Khaldei/TASS
A view of the Franz Joseph Bridge over the Danube River that had been destroyed by German forces and later restored by military engineers of the Red Army, Budapest, 1945
Unit of engineering troops of the Soviet Army on the roads of Europe

Alexander Kaburkin

Rank: Red Army Soldier. Unit: 162nd Rifle Division (2nd formation). Kaburkin Alexander fought in 562nd Rifle Battalion on the Western front from January 2, 1943 to May 4, 1943. Every day the sappers were on the front line: it was necessary to remove the barbed wire, clear the areas for the passage of our tanks and infantry. In addition, at night in the dark, they went to scout, met with the Germans face to face, but no one shot at each other, because it was impossible to make a fuss and among the German soldiers there were also peaceful people who did not need this war and they also wanted to live. And there were many such cases. Once, after the liberation of a village in the Smolensk Region, the sappers were given the task of combing the entire neighborhood. The leader with several sappers went to check. There were no houses in the village, everything was burned down. The sappers, including a grandfather, cleared mines, checked the basements and cellars. Somewhere not far away they heard German speech, but no one was in sight. They went on and saw the shadow of a man (it was night). They went quietly to the cellar, where they could hear voices. It turned out that German soldiers were sitting there, eating and drinking. We should have taken them alive. The leader of the group ordered: "Kaburkin, jump into the cellar and neutralize the Germans." Grandfather jumped into the cellar. He shouted, "Hands up! You are surrounded!” The Germans realized that they had fallen into Russians hands, and one by one they began to leave the cellar without firing a single shot. Alexander was presented to the government award - the Medal For Bravery. They met the Germans face-to-face a lot more when they went on reconnaissance, but everything ended well. In one of the battles near Smolensk on May 4, 1943, he was wounded in both legs. Alexander was sent to a hospital in Sloboda, Kirov Region. There he was treated for a long time, the wounds did not heal, festered. Shrapnel was embedded in both shins, and the bones were shattered. After a long treatment, my grandfather was sent home for a full recovery. At home, every 2 weeks, he had to be registered at the military enlistment office, then go back to the front. But the wounds did not heal for a long time, and the legs continued to rot. It was hard and painful to walk. Sometimes, when the legs were treated by a doctor, fragments fell out, but the largest ones that stuck in the bones remained until the end of life.
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