KOSHELEV NIKOLAY IVANOVICH
Lieutenant, Participant of World War II, The Hero of the Soviet Union (March 10, 1944)
Dmitrievsk Fortress (now Makeyevka) was born on December 25, 1916 in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
After graduating from a factory-run school, he worked at the Guzar machine-tractor station in Kashkadarya region.
In June 1943 he was drafted into the Red Army. In 1943 he graduated from the Kharkiv Tank Academy. During World War II, the Western Front commanded a tank company of the 21st Army and the 248th Special Tank Regiment. He worked hard to liberate the Smolensk region.
From August 7 to September 16, 1943, he fought several battles near Yelnya.
In the battle near the village of Delyachino, he continued the battle despite being hit by a shell on his tank, destroyed 2 enemy tanks, 3 anti-tank artilleries, and killed many soldiers and officers. In the battle for the village of Zhdanov, he destroyed the enemy’s 3 tanks, 1 self-propelled artillery cannon, 1 wooden firing point, 1 wooden ground firing point, 4 machine guns, about 30 soldiers and officers. In the battle for the village of Vava, Koshelev’s tank was damaged again, but the crew continued to fight.
On September 16, 1943, Koshelev’s tank was hit by shells from several parts, and killed the entire crew. Koshelev came out of the burning tank and continued to fight in the infantry. He died in battle was buried in the Brotherhood Cemetery in Yelnya.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 10, 1944, “For exemplary performance of combat duties, courage and heroism in the fight against Nazi invaders on the front” Lieutenant Koshelev Nikolay was awarded the title of “The Hero of the Soviet Union”.