The war burst into the life of the Soviet people suddenly, on the warm June days of 1941, on the morning when young school leavers met the dawn, were just beginning their lives, rejoiced and dreamed. But the war crossed everything out. In their incomplete 18 years, they went to the front. The fate of our Motherland was decided in the Great Patriotic War. And no matter how many years have passed since then, we will forever remember the names of the heroes who defended our Motherland at the cost of their lives. They defeated a merciless and cruel enemy. We have won a truly Great Victory! They fought for the sake of life on earth, so that there was always a clear and peaceful sky above us. We will always remember their exploits, we will be proud of the heroes!
I want to devote my article to the Hero of the Soviet Union Nikolai Ivanovich Gulimov, whose name is my school number 9, one of the best in the city of Azov.
Gulimov Nikolai Ivanovich – head of the radio station of the communications company of the 305th Guards Lower Dniester Regiment of the 108th Guards Rifle Nikolaev Red Banner Division, sergeant. A great heroic deed testifies to the fearlessness of the young fighter!
How important it is to love your Motherland and fight for life and a bright world on earth! I recall the first patriotic lessons, essays about the Motherland, interesting meetings with veterans, solemn lines and the laying of flowers at the monument to Nikolai Gulimov in the school yard. According to newspaper articles in the school museum of military glory, and materials from the Azov Museum of Local Lore, we traced his military combat path.
Nikolai Ivanovich Gulimov was born on July 5, 1924 in the village of Razveteye, Kursk Region. In 1941 he moved with his family to the city of Azov. He worked at the plant number 318 (now AOMZ). He was a member of the Komsomol.
In 1942 Nikolai Gulimov was drafted to the front. He was 18 years old. He quickly mastered the specialty of a radio operator. He passed the combat path from a private to the head of the radio station of a communications company. He fought on the Transcaucasian and North Caucasian fronts, took part in the Krasnodar offensive.
Despite his young age, he deserved military awards: two medals “For Courage” and a medal “For Military Merit”. As part of the 44th, 28th, 5th and 46th armies, he liberated the southern part of Ukraine, Romania, Bulgaria, and Hungary. He took part in the forcing of the Dnieper, Tisa, and Southern Bug rivers. Particularly distinguished himself in the Budapest offensive operation.
In the bitter battles for the liberation of Budapest after a carefully conducted reconnaissance operation, the 46th Army concentrated its forces to deliver the main blow. The main task before the soldiers of the assault group of the 305th regiment was to capture and hold the bridgehead until the main forces arrived on the right bank of the Danube, in the area of the city of Erchi (Hungary). The combat mission of Nikolai Gulimov was to adjust the fire of the Soviet artillery.
On the night of December 5, 1944, during the crossing of the Danube River under heavy artillery and mortar fire, Nikolai Gulimov was wounded several times, and the boat was broken and sank. Despite the injury, he threw himself into the icy water and swam to the shore. He carried a radio station on himself.
Machine-gun and submachine gun fire did not stop, explosions thundered. The soldier adjusted the radio and transmitted the exact coordinates of the enemy, thanks to which our troops broke through the enemy defenses. Nikolai Gulimov was again seriously wounded several times, but he continued to provide uninterrupted radio communications, and adjusted the fire of the Soviet artillery. A bridgehead was captured on the right bank of the Danube River. In this battle, Nikolai Gulimov died a heroic death.
By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 24, 1945, for courage, courage and heroism shown in the fight against the Nazi invaders, the Guard Sergeant Nikolai Ivanovich Gulimov was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union. He was awarded the Order of Lenin (03.24.1945), medals “For Courage” (twice, 28.03.1944 and 27.04.1944) and “For Service in Battle” (30.10.1943).
For the younger generation, the feat of N.I. Gulimov serves as a vivid example of the fulfillment of military duty and selfless love for the Motherland.
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The director of school number 9 Karasev Evgeny Vladimirovich pays great attention to the patriotic education of children and youth. Schoolchildren take an active part in the regional projects “Victory Diary”, in the city actions “How was it during the war?”, In the competitions of author’s poems and prose “Voice of Victory”, in the actions “Immortal Regiment”, “Watch of Memory”, “Victory Alley” … In the school museum of military glory, lessons of courage and meetings with veterans of the Great Patriotic War are held.
Evgeny Vladimirovich Karasev enjoys well-deserved respect and authority among the residents of the city, he was elected chairman of the Azov City Duma – the head of the city of Azov. For his great contribution to the military-patriotic and spiritual-moral education of young people, he was awarded the title “Honorary Worker of Education of the Russian Federation”, awarded the medal of the Order of Merit to the Fatherland of the II Degree, the badge “Excellence in Public Education”.