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Pyotr Petrovich Isaichkin is the commander of the radio communications department of the 399th Guards Mortar Division of the 100th Guards Mortar Regiment of the 3rd Guards Army of the Southwestern Front, a senior sergeant of the Guards.
He was born on July 10, 1918 in the village of Kidusovo, now the Spassky district of the Ryazan region, in a peasant family. Russian. Member of the CPSU since 1942. He graduated from an incomplete secondary school, tractor driver courses. He worked on a collective farm.
In the Red Army in 1938 – 1940 and since August 1941. He graduated from the school of junior radio specialists. He participated in the liberation campaign of the Red Army in Western Ukraine in 1939 and the Soviet-Finnish War of 1939 – 1940.
In the battles of the Great Patriotic War since October 1942. At first, Isaichkin was a telegraph operator, then a commander of a radio operator's department. "Knocked" with the key. He was eager for a real fight, but they refused him.
After the ring closed around Paulus' army in Stalingrad, Hitler threw a strong grouping under the command of Manstein to the rescue. In order to thwart this plan and ensure the further advance of the outer encirclement front to the west, the command of the Southwestern Front decided to send a special army mounted mechanized group to raid the enemy's rear. It was attached to the Katyusha Guards mortars. In its composition was the commander of the department of radio operators of the Guard, Senior Sergeant Isaichkin.
By the end of 1942, the front from Stalingrad was pushed back 200-250 kilometers. But the cavalry-mechanized group of Colonel Yeremenko's guards went even further. She intercepted enemy communications, smashed reinforcements hurrying to the front on the march, sowed panic in the Fascist rear.
Volleys of guards mortars terrified the enemy. In a real hell, they turned the overnight stay of some fascist unit two hundred kilometers from the front line. The precise strikes of the Katyusha were provided by Isaichkin with a clear connection.
The daring raid of the Guards mortars seriously alarmed the Germans. The Katyusha volleys were already thundering near Voroshilovgrad (Lugansk), and the cavalry that were part of it had already been near a major railway junction in the Donbass – Debaltseve. The command of the Fascist troops decided to seize samples of Soviet secret weapons. They managed to surround the group in the Lutuginsky district. Soviet fighters took up a circular defense.
Isaichkin and his squad were sent to cover for Katyusha. When the Nazis appeared, he opened fire with a Degtyarev light machine gun. The whole squad went into battle. The enemy's attack choked. But an artillery and mortar tornado hit the communications positions.
The fascists launched more and more attacks. But the Soviet fighters stood to the death. Isaichkin lost count of the empty machine-gun discs. Some of his fighters have already stopped responding with shots. But until the end of the day on February 23, 1943, they still stood up, consecrating the birthday of the Red Army with their courage.
With the dawn of the next day, the enemy made another attempt to capture the positions of the division. He literally plowed the trenches of the forward barrier with mines. But again Isaichkin's machine gun hit them. Sometimes the Nazis managed to get within one throw. Then Isaichkin used grenades. All attempts of the enemy to capture the Katyusha crashed on the courage and steadfastness of Isaichkin's signalmen.
And when the fascists delayed the pause in the attack, the horsemen made a sudden retaliatory strike. They went for a breakthrough. At the critical moment of the attack, the squadron commander fell dead next to the fleeing Isaichkin. The horsemen lay down. And then Isaichkin stood up and shouted "For the Motherland! Forward!" was the first to rush at the enemy, leading a cavalry squadron. In the location of the fascists, he acted with a light machine gun as a club, clearing the way to his own. But, having lowered the butt on the head of another Hitlerite, he was wounded by a bullet in the shoulder. The hand was taken away. The breakthrough was already secured by that time. "Katyusha" rushed through the front line. Guards Senior Sergeant Isaichkin was hospitalized.
By decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR dated April 21, 1943, Senior Sergeant Pyotr Petrovich Isaichkin was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal for exemplary performance of combat missions of the command at the front of the fight against the German invaders and the courage and heroism of the Guard.
After being cured in the hospital, Isaichkin returned to his native regiment. He participated in the battles for the liberation of Donbass. On September 5, 1943, in the battle for the city of Gorlovka, Isaichkin was seriously wounded for the second time.
In 1944, Isaichkin participated in the battles at the Sandomierz bridgehead on the Vistula River. Then he liberated Poland, crossed the Oder near the town of Frost. In May 1945, Isaichkin participated in the liberation of the city of Dresden. He ended the war on the streets of Prague.
After the war, P.P. Isaichkin worked on a collective farm in his homeland. In 1951-1953 he served in the Soviet Army. Graduated from radio engineering courses. Then junior lieutenant of the reserve P.P. Isaichkin worked as a senior technician of a radio station in the village of Sovetsky, Crimean region of the Ukrainian SSR.
He died on April 11, 1993. He was buried in the cemetery of the village of Sovetsky.
He was awarded the Order of Lenin, 2 Orders of the Patriotic War of the 1st degree, medals.