Andrey Nikitovich Pashkov - Soviet tank officer. He took part in the Soviet-Finnish conflict and in the Great Patriotic War. Hero of the Soviet Union.
Andrei Nikitovich was born in August 1910 on the 27th in the small village of Endoguba, Arkhangelsk province. The parents of the future soldier were poor peasants. Andrey joined the Komsomol at the age of fourteen. A little later, he headed the Komsomol organization at the sawmill, where he worked.
In 1925 Pashkov began his studies at a factory school in the city of Soroki. In 1929 he was admitted to the Communist Party. In 1930 he moved to Leningrad, where he entered the working faculty.
After training in 1932, Pashkov was drafted into the army. The experience of village life and work at the factory was useful to Andrey in the army, after being drafted, he was assigned to the city of Saratov, where he entered tank courses. He underwent training for a year, after which in 1933 he was sent to serve in the Leningrad Military District.
By 1939, he graduated from the Mikhail Frunze Officer Academy. In the same year, the Soviet-Finnish war began, Pashkov, only having received the rank of captain, went to the front. After the Soviet-Finnish conflict, the captain of the Red Army was sent to Riga, where he was appointed acting headquarters. There he met the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. Pashkov's crew took part in the defense on the Northwestern Front. Andrei Nikitovich was awarded the Order of the Red Banner for his courage in six tank clashes and a serious contribution to the victory. A month after this event, he was seriously wounded.
After the liberation of the Karelian Isthmus, the group of troops, which included Pashkov, was sent to the territory of Poland, where it took part in the liberation operations. In January 1945, Pashkov's crew stormed enemy fortifications near the city of Ebarsdorf. During the operation, a brigade of tanks was ambushed and after a fierce battle was destroyed.
Andrei Nikitovich died on January 27 and was buried in the Polish city of Wangrowiec. In April of the same year, the Supreme Soviet of the USSR awarded Pashkov the title of Hero of the Soviet Union posthumously.
Personal life and family
Andrey Nikitovich met his future wife Anna Grigorievna Peretyagina when he worked at a sawmill. Later they studied together at a factory school. During the war, Anna Grigorievna lived in Leningrad with her son Yevgeny. During the war, they received more than two hundred letters from Andrei Nikitovich.
Monuments were erected in honor of the hero of the Soviet Union in the city of Belomorsk, where Pashkov worked before the war, as well as in the Polish Wонгgrowiec. In the Belomorsk region museum there is an exposition dedicated to the memory of the war hero, where his award documents and an urn with a handful of earth from Pashkov's grave in the town of Vongrovets are kept. The portrait of a tankman is in Petrozavodsk, in the gallery of Heroes of the USSR.