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Geroyu Sovetskogo Soyuza Zhukovu Vasiliyu Alekseevichu

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Vasily Zhukov – battalion commander of the 204th Guards Rifle Regiment (69th Guards Rifle Division, 4th Guards Army, Steppe Front), captain of the Guards.

He was born on March 25, 1910 in the village of Minikha (now Maksatikhinsky district of the Tver region) in a peasant family. Russian. Member of the CPSU (b) / CPSU since 1931. He received an incomplete secondary education. Since 1927 he lived in Rybinsk, Yaroslavl region, worked at a mill factory. In 1932-1934 he served in the Workers' and Peasants' Red Army. After demobilization, he returned to Rybinsk.

With the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, he was again drafted into the Red Army. He graduated from the military infantry school, then the courses "Shot". At the front since September 1942. For the bravery and courage shown in the battles near Stalingrad, Captain Zhukov was awarded two Orders of the Red Banner. In the Battle of Stalingrad, he was wounded. Since August 1943, he fought as part of the 204th Guards Rifle Regiment of the 69th Guards Division. Zhukov's battalion especially distinguished itself in the battles on the approaches to the Dnieper and for the expansion of the bridgehead on the right bank.

On October 5-6, 1943, the commander of the rifle battalion of the Guards on the right bank of the river near the farm of Zmytnitsa, the village of Starolipovo (Svetlovodsky district of the Kirovograd region of the Ukrainian SSR). In the battles on the bridgehead, the battalion commander several times had to raise fighters in counterattacks to knock out the Nazis who had infiltrated the battalion's defense trenches and eliminate the danger hanging over the bridgehead. The battalion's fighters destroyed 10 tanks and up to one and a half battalions of enemy infantry in these battles.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR dated February 22, 1944, for "exemplary performance of command tasks and courage and heroism in battles with the Nazi invaders", Captain Vasily Alekseevich Zhukov of the Guard was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (N 3575).

After the end of the war for health reasons he was discharged from the army. He lived in the city of Rybinsk, worked as a director of a mekhzagotkontory. According to other sources, he lived in the Krasnodar Territory. He died on June 16, 1957. He was buried in the village of Agronomist of the Dinsky district of the Krasnodar Territory.

He was awarded the Order of Lenin, two Orders of the Red Banner, and medals.

In the village of Maksatikha, one of the streets is named after him. The Hero's name is carved on the monument in Rybinsk on the Walk of Fame.