MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
The commander of the Baltic Fleet, Vice Admiral Viktor Liina, congratulated the veteran of the Great Patriotic War, a participant in the Battle of Leningrad, the East Prussian operation and the storming of the fortress city of Konigsberg, Captain 1st Rank Mikhail Yegorov, retired, on his 100th birthday.
Mikhail Fedorovich received memorable gifts and congratulations at his home. Vice-Admiral Viktor Liina wished the front-line soldier good health, happiness and prosperity. He also thanked the veteran for the strength of spirit and courage, for the fact that he faithfully served for the good of the Motherland.
The meeting with the guests became an occasion for Mikhail Fedorovich to share his memories of the combat path. Mikhail Fedorovich was drafted into the ranks of the Red Army in October 1940. He served on high-power artillery mounts. With the beginning of the war, the command decided to transfer the division to the deep rear. During the redeployment, the artillerymen more than once fell under brutal bombing.
At the end of 1943, the division was sent to the Leningrad Front. Here the personnel of the unit received the baptism of fire. So, in June 1944, as part of the Leningrad Front, they entered the battle, participating in the destruction of a number of especially strong enemy structures in the Narva area.
At the end of 1944, the 328th artillery division was transferred to a new direction. Now the artillerymen had to support the units and formations of the 3rd Belorussian Front with fire, which was preparing to participate in the East Prussian operation. When Soviet troops approached directly to the outskirts of Konigsberg, the artillery unit of Mikhail Yegorov was transferred to the 11th Guards Army. In the period from April 3 to April 9, 1945, the artillery soldiers, together with the railway batteries, took an active part in the storming of the fascist citadel and fired almost continuous fire on the besieged Koenigsberg.
In just six days of fighting for Konigsberg, Mikhail Egorov’s division fired almost 800 shells. Artillery fire of special power completely destroyed seven defensive structures, five were suppressed, and a lot of enemy equipment and manpower were destroyed.
In total, 198 officers, sergeants and soldiers were awarded state awards for the Königsberg operation, of which 54 people were awarded orders, 144 – medals. And on May 17, 1945, by order of the Supreme Commander-in-Chief for the exemplary fulfillment of the command’s assignment during the assault on the fortress city, the 328th separate artillery division was given the honorary name “Königsberg”.
The homeland appreciated the military work of Mikhail Fedorovich Egorov. Two medals “For Military Merit”, the Order of the Great Patriotic War and the Order of the Red Star to this day are a vivid evidence of his heroic front-line youth.
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