Faces of Victory

Nikolai Petrovich PUDOV

Soviet officer, a graduate of the 1st Moscow Artillery School, class of 1941. Nikolai Petrovich Pudov took part in the Parade on May 1, 1941.

Since September 1941, he took part in the battles on the North Caucasus Front that took place when the defensive line near Makhachkala was formed. He participated in the landing operation in Crimea.

Since May 1942, with the Separate Coastal Army, he took part in the defense of Novorossiysk, the liberation of Kuban, the Taman Peninsula, and the breakthrough of the "Goth's head position" of the Germans. After being wounded and treated in hospital, he was appointed commander of the battery of the 62nd Artillery Brigade, with which he liberated Crimea, Sevastopol, participated in Operation Bagration, the assault crossing of the Vistula, the Oder, and then in the Berlin Operation.

He ended the war on May 7, 1945, on the Elbe River as a battery commander in the rank of artillery captain.

Order of Suvorov of the 3rd class, Order of the Red Banner, Order of the Great Patriotic War of the 1st and 2nd classes

Memories of the beginning of the war:
"I was to graduate from the school in the autumn of 1941. In May, we went to the parade on the Red Square and we didn't have any more classes-we graduated early"

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