A novel from Kryzhopol. Left alone against 16 tanks, when others fled and repelled the attack
Roman Smishchuk lived before the war near Kryzhopol. When the Great Patriotic War began, they did not have time to call him into the army, even though he belonged to the draft age. But the Germans came to Kryzhopil faster than the agenda from the military enlistment office. As a result, he got into the army only in the spring of 1944 and in the first battle he made a unique feat.
The part that Roman got into was in the summer of 1944 on the bridgehead beyond the Prut. The Germans decided to put a small counterstrike in this place, apparently hoping to throw the Soviet troops off the bridgehead. The blow was at least local, but with tanks. On positions which the company of Smishchuk had to hold went 16 German "fours". And the company was not shot. And when tanks went at her, the soldiers who had just been mobilized ran. Later, the commander of a nearby machine gun platoon said that a crowd of people ran through his position, turning into a herd,led by his lieutenant, who was also tearing off his epaulettes as he went.
Did not run Smishchuk. He did not run and did not pretend to be killed or hide, but simply engaged in the fact that he began to burn tanks, running around the trenches and collecting abandoned anti-tank grenades. As a result, he managed to burn 6 tanks, while the rest retreated.
On the same evening, the regiment commander wrote a submission on Smishchuk for the Hero of the Soviet Union, and Malinovsky also added a leave from himself home, and the hero was sent to his Kryzhopol by plane.
By the way, Smishchuk's son also turned out to be well done and later, when he was also drafted into the army, during battles in Germany he received the Order of Glory for the 3rd degree for defeating the German counterattack. Both ended the war alive.