Monday, 8 June 2015

Fiery Ram

Ramming a tank while on fire? That's old news. The real trick is doing that, and then continuing to fight.

"Award Order
  1. Name: Sorokin, Georgiy Aleksandrovich
  2. Rank: Junior Lieutenant
  3. Position, unit: T-34-85 commander, 1st Tank Battalion, 51st Uman Order of the Red Banner Tank Brigade
    is nominated for title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
  4. Year of birth: June 20th, 1924
  5. Nationality: Russian
  6. Party affiliation: none
  7. Participation in the civil war and subsequent actions in defense of the USSR, Patriotic War: January 27th, 1944 to June 16th, 1944 on the 2nd Ukrainian Front, 1st Belorussian Front since June 20th, 1944
  8. Wounds and concussions in the Patriotic War: heavily wounded on August 3rd, 1944, near Volomin
  9. In the Red Army since: July 26th, 1942
  10. Recruited by: Armavir recruitment office, Krasnodar krai
  11. Previous awards: none
Brief and specific description of heroism or achievements: in battles for the Socialist Motherland, comrade Sorokin displayed exceptional heroism, bravery, and courage. On Aucust 3rd, 1944, when deflecting an enemy attack near Garna station, he destroyed 4 enemy tanks, 20 APCs, and up to 100 soldiers and officers. Wounded, in a burning tank, he rammed an enemy tank. When wounded, he did not leave the battlefield, but jumped out of his burning tank and moved to another tank, continuing to destroy the enemy. 

Comrade Sorokin is worthy of the title of Hero of the Soviet Union."

CAMD RF 33-793756-45

7 comments:

  1. So they first use the main gun to do demage of enemy formation of different things and soldiers. Then they use weight and power of the vehicle for maximum utilization of vehicle if the crew cant use gun anymore. Now I start to believe that it wasnt just factories who destroyed Wehrmacht on the east front which mass produced new weapons but also skilled soviet tankers who was able to use in advantage enemy weaknesses especially the poor reconnaissance.

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  2. I wonder, what happened to the commander of the tank that Sorokin commandeered...

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    1. Didnt you want to say crew? But otherwise for interest look what the age have those tankers from this battle reports. Majority of them are in the red army since the German capaign against USSR. What did happen to those older mans who were in the red army some longer time before WWII? Did they die during Barbarossa?

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    2. A lot of them, yes, but there are very many Heroes that I've come across that served since 1939 or even prior to that.

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  3. There should be movies about these Soviet heroes

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    1. There are, just not in English.

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    2. They need to release more of them on DVD/BD with Eng subtitles, War and Peace DVD looks like it was ripped off the VHS

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