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Selim Aitkulov
File:Selim Aitkulov.jpg
Native name Сәлім Нығметұлы Айтқұлов
Born (1913-01-10)January 10, 1913
Died April 24, 1975(1975-04-24) (aged 62)
Place of birth Muhorsky village, Ural Oblast, Russian Empire
Place of death Uralsk, Kazakh SSR
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army
Years of service 1941-1945
Rank Junior lieutenant
Unit 75th Guards Rifle Division

World War II


Hero of the Soviet UnionOrder of Lenin

Medal "For Courage"

Selim Aitkulov (Kazakh: Сәлім Нығметұлы Айтқұлов; 10 January 1913 – 24 April 1975) was a Tatar soldier of the Red Army and Hero of the Soviet Union. Aitkulov was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin for actions during the Battle of the Dnieper. After the war, Aitkulov was the head of the Uralsk Regional Consumer Union's Organization Department.[1]

Early life

Selim Aitkulov was born on 10 January 1913 in Muhorsky village in the Ural Oblast in a Tatar peasant family. He graduated nine classes in 1930 and worked at a factory in Uralsk.[1][2][3]

World War II

In July 1941, Aitkulov was drafted into the Red Army and fought in combat from September.[3] He fought in the Battle of Kharkov in May 1942. In 1943, he joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. In July, Aitkulov fought in the Battle of Kursk. At the end of September, Aitkulov was an Efreitor in the 231st Guards Rifle Regiment of the 75th Guards Rifle Division. During the Battle of the Dnieper, he reportedly crossed the Dnieper multiple times on reconnaissance patrols, allegedly discovering intelligence. On 29 September, during fighting in Yasnogorodka village in Vyshhorod Raion, he reportedly took command after his platoon commander was wounded. Allegedly, the platoon repulsed nine German counterattacks. Aitkulov reportedly continued to lead the platoon and repulsed three counterattacks on 5 October. Allegedly, he was severely wounded but stayed in combat and killed four German soldiers with two grenades.[4] On 17 October, Aitkulov was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin.[1][2] After recovering from his wounds, Aitkulov was sent to the Odessa Infantry School and was promoted to junior lieutenant upon graduation.[5] He went back to combat and fought in battles in Poland and Czechoslovakia.[6]


After the end of World War II, Aitkulov returned to Uralsk and worked as the head of the organization department of the regional consumers' union.[7] He died on 24 April 1975 and is buried in Uralsk.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "Айткулов Салим Нигматович" (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Библиотека - Люди и книги" (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 Ismagilov, Ibrahim Fatykhovich (2006) (in ru). Герой татарского народа. Tatar Book Publishing House. 
  4. "Подвиг народа". Retrieved 2015-11-15. 
  5. "28 декабря. КАЛЕНДАРЬ КАЗИНФОРМА "ДАТЫ. СОБЫТИЯ. ИМЕНА"" (in Russian). 28 December 2014. Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  6. "Институт Татарской Энциклопедии" (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-11-16. 
  7. "АЙТКУЛОВ Салим Нигматович" (in Russian). Retrieved 2015-11-15. 

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