TITOV IVAN FYODOROVICH
junior sergeant, a participant in World War II, Full cavalier of the Order of Glory (24.03.1945)
Born in 1922 (other sources – in 1924) in the village of Koskovo, Solnechnogorsk district, Moscow region. He lived in the village of Khimki, now the city of the Moscow region. Russian.
In March 1943, he was drafted into the Red Army by the Kirov district military enlistment office of the city of Tashkent. Since April of the same year, he participated in battles with the invaders in Voronezh (April 14 – July 27, 1943), Kalinin (August 10 – October 20, 1943) and the 1st and 2nd Baltic Fronts. By January 1944, he fought as part of the 270th Infantry Division, first in divisional reconnaissance, then in the 977th Infantry Regiment. As part of this regiment, it passed the entire combat path.
In the offensive battles in January-February 1944 on the territory of Belarus, he destroyed more than 10 Nazis, contributed to the capture of 2 prisoners. Received the first military award – the Order of the Red Star.
On June 23, 1944, while repelling a counterattack by enemy tanks and infantry in the village of Myasoedovo (Shumilinsky district, Vitebsk region), junior sergeant Titov went to the enemy’s flank, cutting off enemy machine gunners from tanks, destroying 8 of them. On June 27, while expanding the bridgehead on the bank of the Western Dvina River north-west of the village of Ulla (Beshenkovichi district, Vitebsk region), he exterminated 7 infantrymen and seized valuable enemy documents. He was nominated for the Order of the Red Star.
By order of units of the 270th Infantry Division (No. 28 / n) dated July 10, 1944, Junior Sergeant Ivan Titov was awarded the Order of Glory, 3rd degree.
On July 12-18, 1944, in a battle for a bridge on the Western Dvina River near the town of Drissa (now the town of Verkhnedvinsk, Vitebsk region), junior sergeant Titov burst into the enemy’s trench with a squad, and killed 7 Nazis with a machine gun. On July 22, in the same area, as part of a reconnaissance group, being in a night search, he entered into battle with the Nazis, destroyed several of them, and captured an enemy officer. He was again nominated for the Order of the Red Star, but the status of the award was changed by the commander of the 270th Infantry Division.
By order for the troops of the 6th Guards Army (No. 222 / n) dated September 15, 1944, junior sergeant Titov Ivan Fedorovich was awarded the Order of Glory, 2nd degree.
On October 5, 1944, when breaking through the enemy’s defenses near the village of Zhilyai (Siauliai region, Lithuania), junior sergeant Titov was the first to attack, crossed the Venta River ford, captured the line and covered the company that was crossing the river. Pursuing the retreating enemy, he killed several Nazis, 4 soldiers and an officer, and took one prisoner. He was nominated for the 1st degree Order of Glory.
While the award documents were circulating among the authorities, the battles continued to destroy the Courland grouping. By February 1945, Sergeant Major Titov was already in command of a rifle platoon of the 6th rifle company in his regiment.
On February 25, 1945, in a battle for the heavily fortified enemy stronghold, the village of Gobzemye (Priekuli region, Latvia), Sergeant Major Titov was the first to raise a platoon to attack and burst into a trench. The platoon destroyed more than 50 Nazis, Titov personally threw grenades at a dugout with seven soldiers. He was presented for the award of the Order of the Patriotic War of the 1st degree, the status of the award was changed to the Order of the Red Star by the commander of the rifle corps.
In battle on March 19, 1945, while repelling the enemy’s counterattack, he destroyed 18 Nazis. Seeing the confusion of the enemy, he raised his platoon to attack, but was hit by a bullet. For this battle he was posthumously awarded the Order of the Patriotic War, 2nd degree.
He was buried at the site of the battle, later reburied at the military cemetery in the city of Priekule (Latvia).
By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 24, 1945, Junior Sergeant Ivan Titov was posthumously awarded the Order of Glory, 1st degree, for exemplary performance of command assignments on the front of the fight against the German invaders and for the valor and courage shown in this case. Became a full Knight of the Order of Glory.