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Boris Kapitonovich Feofanov – Rest in Peace

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Boris Kapitonovich Feofanov

Boris Kapitonovich joined the Red Army at the age of 19. He served in the artillery, commanded a platoon, and later a battery. He fought on the Voronezh, Southwestern and 1st Ukrainian fronts.
marks a very sad day for our team at Real History Online. Several weeks ago we had the honor to attend an interview with a 98 year old veteran of the Second World War, Boris Kapitonovich Feofanov. Today we have learned that he has passed away.

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A 2 1resident of St. Petersburg, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, a holder of the Order of Alexander Nevsky, a soldier who served in the artillery and the Air Force, one of the most active living veterans of the northern capital.
Born in Petrograd. After graduating from the 8th Special Artillery School, on June 16, 1941, he arrived at the Odessa Artillery School. After graduation on February 6, 1942, he was sent to the Southwestern Front, where he participated in battles in the area of ​​the city of Stary Oskol, near Voronezh, on the Don. In the summer of 1943, he commanded a battery of 152 mm howitzer-gun M1937 (ML-20) guns at the Battle of Kursk. In the fall of 1943, he was wounded in the head, but did not leave positions and continued to fire at the enemy. Later he took part in the Kiev, Sandomierz, Berlin and Prague operations.
In the post-war period, he continued military service in command and staff positions in artillery, in the 1960s he served in the Strategic Missile Forces, from where, from the post of chief of staff of a division in 1968, for health reasons, he was transferred to teaching at the A.A. Zhdanov Leningrad State University … Demobilized due to illness in 1975, but continued to work until May 2001 at industrial enterprises in Leningrad – St. Petersburg.
The brave front-line soldier was awarded the Orders of the Red Banner, Alexander Nevsky, the Patriotic War 1 st and 2 nd degree, three Orders of the Red Star, medals, including “For the capture of Berlin”, “For the liberation of Prague” and the Czechoslovak medal “For bravery.”

In a simple life, Boris Kapitonovich is a very hospitable, good-natured and pleasant person to talk to.


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Excerpt from his award of a great soviet military honor:
Order of the Red Star (November 9, 1943):
“Comrade Feofanov was awarded the Order of the Patriotic War of the II Degree for the exemplary assignment of the command on the front against the German invaders. Comrade Feofanov was the first to arrive in the Yashnik area on September 22, 1943 and immediately opened fire on enemy firing batteries, which interfered with the guidance of the crossing. Comrade Feofanov took with him the necessary number of scouts, radio operators with a radio station, crossed under enemy fire to the right bank of the river. Dnieper and suppressed enemy batteries from the right bank. During the shelling of the NP, he was wounded in the head, but despite this he continued to repulse the enemy’s counterattacks. He smashed 4 enemy guns along with the crews, suppressed four enemy artillery batteries. On September 23, 1943, with his battery, he repulsed 10 enemy counterattacks, after repelling which he knocked out two Ferdinands and one medium tank,destroyed up to 200 enemy soldiers and officers. Worthy of being awarded the Order of the Patriotic War of the II degree. “
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