Faces of Victory

Arseniy Vasilyevich LYUTSKO

In 1941-1942 participant in the defense of Leningrad, 1943-1945 - front-line reconnaissance officer of the 4th and 3rd Ukrainian fronts. Arseniy Vasilyevich Lyutsko participated in the liberation of Donbas, Zaporizhzhia, Sevastopol. With a group of reconnaissance sappers, he cleared the defense line of the Nazi invaders on Sivash, in Simferopol, the Balaklava Valley, on Mount Sapun, the Tiraspol and Kitsnan lodgements (Moldova), on the approaches to Belgrade (Yugoslavia), participated in the Balaton operation (Hungary), took part in the battles for Vienna. Was wounded three times.

During the Crimean offensive operation, as a commander of the squad of the 12th Assault Engineer Sapper brigade, in the autumn of 1943, he took part in the construction of a 3-kilometer bridge across the Sivash under heavy enemy fire. In preparation for the assault on Mount Sapun, he monitored the enemy, identified his firing points, the placement of mortars and gun crews. During the assault on Mount Sapun, he was in the first rows of the attackers. He was wounded in both hands but courageously rushed to help a friend who had his arm torn off, carried him to the sanitary station, and thus saved his life.

Order of Glory of the 3rd class, Order of the Patriotic War of the 1st class, medals "For Courage", "For Battle Merit", "For the Defense of Leningrad", "For the Capture of Budapest", "For the Capture of Vienna", "For the Victory over Germany" and others
Memories of the war:
"I didn't fight for awards, I never felt sorry for myself, because I knew exactly what I was doing: I was defending my Homeland!"

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