BILYUTIN KONDRATIY VASILYEVICH
Guards Colonel, Participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union (June 19, 1943)
He was born on September 21, 1899, in the village of Milovidovo in the present-day Belsky district of the Tver region, in a poor family of peasants with many children (11 of them). He incompletely finished high school.
In April 1923, he was sent to the front of Turkestan.
In 1926, he graduated from the Soviet Party School of the 6th Turkestan Rifle Regiment.
From September 1928, he served in the North Caucasus Military District.
From January 1931, he served in the system of military commissars.
From April 1941, He was the Chief of the 3rd Unit of the Andijan Regional Military Commissariat of the Uzbek SSR.
At the beginning of World War II, the Central Asian Military District began to form the 35th Special Cadet Rifle Brigade of teachers and cadets of military schools. In October 1941, Major Bilyutin was appointed battalion commander there.
At the beginning of February 1942, he commanded the 1366th Rifle Regiment of the 407th Rifle Division, which formed in the Central Asian Military District (Semipalatinsk).
Since May 1942, Major K.V.Bilyutin had commanded the 78th Guards Rifle Regiment of the 25th Red Flag Guards Rifle Division, which formed in the Moscow Military District.
On February 19, 1943, the 25th Guards Rifle Division was given to the 3rd Tank Army, and at the end of February it captured the Taranovka-Zmiev line of defense. The 78th Guards Rifle Regiment repulsed the German attack for 5 days and destroyed about 30 enemy tanks. Exactly that time Guards Lieutenant Peter Shironin’s warriors showed unparalleled courage. They captured Taranovka, destroying 16 tanks, armored vehicles and about 100 enemy soldiers. Six of Shironin’s 16 warriors survived and all of them were awarded the titles of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.
Other units of the regiment also fought valiantly. The regimental commander set an example of courage to all his subordinates. The fact, that K.V.Bilyutin was officially declared missing in February 1943, testified to the intensity and severity of these battles. For his actions in these battles, K.V.Bilyutin was nominated for the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of June 19, 1943, “For his skillful leadership and courage and heroism” Guards Colonel Kondraty Vasilyevich Bilyutin was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.
In December 1943, K.V.Bilyutin was sent to study.
In May 1944, he graduated from the accelerated course of the Higher Military Academy named after K.E.Voroshilov and was appointed military commissar of the Chernivtsi region. His next job was in that position until the end of his career.