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The mission of being a tankman

The Soviet tankmen made a great contribution to the victory in the Great Patriotic War. One of them was our fellow-townsman, the double Hero of the USSR colonel Stepan Fyodorovich Shutov.

The beginning of the Great Patriotic War captain Shutov met in Central Asia while his family was in Kiev. His wife and two kids left for Ukraine a week before the war, they went to visit parents. Shutov was really upset by the fact that being a very experienced tankman he was far behind the lines and his family were close to the front line. Shutov was put a lot of effort to get to the line. In August 1941 he and his battalion entered the battle at the Western Front. Later he took part in the battles at the Volhovo, Voronezh, First and Second Ukraine fronts.

March 19 1943 Guards lieutenant colonel Shutov headed the 50th Guards regiment held battles to break fascist defence in the hole Pushechnaya Gore. Within 7 days of hard battles the tankmen destroyed 300 officers, 36 dugouts, 17 mortars, 1 ammunition depot. For his courage and heroism Stepan Shutov was awarded with the first battle award – the Red Banner Order.

In October 1943 the 20th tank brigade commanded by Stepan Shutov came to Kiev. The secret agents of the brigade found a shallow part of the Dnepr River. The tankmen forced over the river and captured a springboard on the left bank. Unexpectedly for the enemy the brigade came up to Kiev and started the battle.

For Kiev’s liberation Shutov was awarded with the rank of the Hero of the USSR and next higher rank of colonel. In May 1944 Shutov was appointed deputy commander of the mechanized corps. Later he commanded the forcing group of the mechanized corps. For his successful operation in Romania Stepan Shutov for the second time was awarded with the rank of the Hero of the USSR. In September 1944 he was seriously injured and lost his right arm.

After the hospital Shutov decided to come back to Belarus. He worked as deputy Minister of social security and was elected deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR and the BSSR.

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