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Grigory Samoylovich Kabakov
Native name Григорий Самойлович Кабаковский
Born 2 October 1909
Died 1959
Place of birth Kochubeivka, Poltava Uyezd, Poltava Governorate, Russian Empire
Place of death Chutove Raion, Poltava Oblast, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army
Years of service 1941–45
Rank Lieutenant
Unit 57th Guards Tank Brigade, 7th Guards Mechanized Corps
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Hero of the Soviet Union

Grigory Samoylovich Kabakov (Russian: Григорий Самойлович Кабаковский; 2 October 1909 – 1959) was a Ukrainian Red Army lieutenant and Hero of the Soviet Union. Kabakov was awarded the title for leading his company during the Battle of the Dnieper in September 1943, where he reportedly killed 60 German soldiers.[1]

Early life

Kabakov was born on 2 October 1909 in the village of Kuchubeivka in Poltava Governorate to a peasant family. He graduated from primary school. Kabakov worked as a mechanic in a sugar factory in Artemivka village. In 1938, he joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.[2] From 1940, he headed the trade department of the Opishnya Executive Committee.[1]

World War II

Kabakov was drafted into the Red Army in 1941 and sent to the front. He fought on the Southwestern Front, Northwestern Front, Central Front and Kalinin Front. Kabakov was seriously wounded twice. Near Dnipropetrovsk in late 1941, he reportedly took command after his company commander was wounded, and led five counterattacks.[1] He was with the 33rd Tank Brigade (later 57th Guards Tank Brigade) from its formation and fought near Moscow.[3]

In the fall of 1943 Kabakov was a lieutenant and company commander in the motor rifle battalion of the 57th Guards Tank Brigade of the 7th Guards Mechanized Corps. When the company reached the Desna River, he reportedly organized the crossing. The Dnieper was reached by 25 September. The company led by Kabakov crossed the river north of Kiev. With grenades, rifle fire and a machine gun, Kabakov reportedly killed 60 German soldiers in the battle to hold the bridgehead. In pursuit of retreating German troops, the company reportedly advanced to the northern outskirts of Domantovo, Chernobyl Raion, reportedly killing about 50 German soldiers. The German forces counterattacked but were reportedly repulsed three times. While repulsing a counterattack, Kabakov was reportedly seriously wounded but continued to command. On 17 October 1943 he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin for his actions.[1][4][2]

Postwar

After the war Kabakov returned to Chutove Raion. He became a collective farm chairman and chairman of the Pogrebky MTS. In 1946 he became a deputy of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union at its Second Convocation. Kabakov died in 1959 and was buried in the village of Artemivka in Chutove Raion.[1][2]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Hero of the Soviet Union medal.png  Grigory Kabakov at the "Герои страны" ("Heroes of the Country") website (Russian)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Shkadov, Ivan, ed (1987) (in Russian). Герои Советского Союза: Краткий биографический словарь. 1 Abaev-Lubitsch. Moscow: Voenizdat. http://www.az-libr.ru/index.htm?Persons&A01/4e35c970/index. 
  3. Medal "For the Defense of Moscow" award list, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru
  4. Hero of the Soviet Union citation, available online at pamyatnaroda.mil.ru

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