1941: Outbreak of the War

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Васюк Степан Алексеевич
Soviet soldiers inspect the first downed Heinkel He 111 aircraft near Odessa, July 1941
Road of war
A couple. “The day before war”, photo series. Lermontovo, 1941
Fighting for a village. 1941
Attack. 1941
Road of war
Farmers of one of the villages of the Kiev region drive cattle from the front line. September 1941
Defense of Kiev. A cavalry patrol on the move
Residents of Moscow listen to Vyacheslav Molotov’s speech on the outbreak of Great Patriotic War
Victor Kamoylikov
Peter Zakharov
Commander of the 10th Mixed Aviation Division, Colonel N. Belov (right) and Division Commissar P. Noskov (left). Bryansk Region, a settlement Olsufevo, July, 1941
Chief of the Operational Department of the 153rd Rifle Division N. Sichkar, Smolensk Region, August 1941
Barricades on one of the streets of Tula during the defense of the city
German soldiers during the battle of Brest
Soviet soldiers leaving for the front
Soviet soldiers leaving for the front
Young workers mobilized to the Red Army are sent to the location of their unit
Lieutenant I. Tretyak conducts drill training with the militia
Enlisting of volunteers in the Red Army at the Joseph Stalin Plant
Васюк Степан Алексеевич
Soviet soldiers inspect the first downed Heinkel He 111 aircraft near Odessa, July 1941
Road of war
A couple. “The day before war”, photo series. Lermontovo, 1941
Fighting for a village. 1941
Attack. 1941
Road of war
Farmers of one of the villages of the Kiev region drive cattle from the front line. September 1941
Defense of Kiev. A cavalry patrol on the move
Residents of Moscow listen to Vyacheslav Molotov’s speech on the outbreak of Great Patriotic War
Victor Kamoylikov
Peter Zakharov
Commander of the 10th Mixed Aviation Division, Colonel N. Belov (right) and Division Commissar P. Noskov (left). Bryansk Region, a settlement Olsufevo, July, 1941
Chief of the Operational Department of the 153rd Rifle Division N. Sichkar, Smolensk Region, August 1941
Barricades on one of the streets of Tula during the defense of the city
German soldiers during the battle of Brest
Soviet soldiers leaving for the front
Soviet soldiers leaving for the front
Young workers mobilized to the Red Army are sent to the location of their unit
Lieutenant I. Tretyak conducts drill training with the militia
Enlisting of volunteers in the Red Army at the Joseph Stalin Plant

Victor Kamoylikov

My father, Viktor kamoylikov, volunteered for the front in January 1943, when he was not even 18 years old. He fought in a company of submachine gunners of the 180th Guards Rifle Regiment of the 60th Division of the 5th Shock Army. In the first battle, he showed heroism and courage in taking the heights in Borvenki (Ukraine), for which he was awarded the Order of the Red Star. The division distinguished itself in the Battle of the Dnieper. In September 1943 the division as part of the 12th Army of the South-Western Front, freeing the city of Pavlograd, went to the Dnieper south of the city of Dnepropetrovsk, and force a crossing near the village of Petro-Svystunove, seized a foothold in villages and Voiskovoe and Vovnigy. After seizing the bridgehead, the 60th Guards Division was withdrawn to the reserve, and then transferred to Zaporozhye. In October 1943, the city of Zaporozhye was liberated and preparations began for crossing the Dnieper. For the courage and heroism shown during the crossing of the Dnieper, my father was awarded the Order of Glory of the III Degree. After the battle of the Dnieper, the division participated in the Nikopol-Krivoy Rog Offensive, the liberation of the city of Nikopol. In late 1943, the 60th Guards Rifle Division became a part of the 6th Army of the 3rd Ukrainian Front, and by mid-1944, part of the 5th Shock Army. It participated in the Bereznegovato-Snigirev Operation, crossed the Southern Bug and Dniester rivers. My father heroically went the battle path to Berlin and was awarded with thank-you lists and awards, including medals "For the liberation of Warsaw", "For the victory over Germany in the Great Patriotic war", "For the capture of Berlin", awarded the Order of the Patriotic War I Degree. The 60th Guards Rifle Division put the winning point in the war in the assault on Berlin. It captured its last battle line on April 26, 1945, in the heart of Berlin, a few hundred meters from the Reichstag.
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