Faces of Victory

Boris Pavlovich MALKO

In August 1940, together with his classmates, 17-year-old Boris Pavlovich was enlisted in the replenishment of the personnel of the Army Assault 97th Mine Sapper Battalion of the North Caucasus Front. He was a18-year-old boy when he went to the front. He was sent to the Ordzhonikidze city area.

Sapper battalions, interacting with tank divisions, ensured the passage of tanks through minefields. Within the tank sweep of the 63rd Tank Division, Boris Pavlovich went from Mozdok to Krasnodar, then - Kerch, Feodosia, Yalta, Sevastopol.

On April 18, 1944, he participated in the liberation of Balaklava, on May 5, his battalion was transferred for artillery preparation to Mount Sapun, from where Soviet troops began the operation on liberation of Sevastopol.

After the liberation of Crimea, the unit was sent for re-formation, and Boris Pavlovich ended the war as a musician of a military orchestra, where he got for his passion and ability to play wind instruments. As a member of the consolidated military orchestra, he took part in the Victory Parade in Moscow in 1945.

Order of the Patriotic War of the 2nd class, Order for Valour, medal
"For the Victory over Germany", medal "For the Defense of the Caucasus", medal
"For the Defense of Sevastopol" and others

Memories of the battles for Sevastopol:
"Mount Sapun is a sacred place for me, my last battle was here, and that's probably why the hero city became the most important place in my life"
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