SHAMKAEV AKRAM BELYAEVICH
private, participant of the Second World War, Hero of the Soviet Union (01/10/1944)
He was born on October 22, 1916, in the village of Staroashirovo, Matveyevsky District, present-day Orenburg Region. Tatar. He finished primary school only in the 2nd grade. After the establishment of the collective farm in the village, he worked in various jobs and from 1935 as a tractor driver at MTS.
In 1937 he was drafted into the Red Army and served in tank units. He took part in the Soviet-Finnish war in 1939-1940. Released in 1940.
In July 1941 he was again drafted into the army. He fought against the Germans in the same tank with his brother. After a serious injury, he served in the sapper units, then in the 135th Separate Motorized Pontoon Bridge Battalion.
He fought in the sapper army on the Bryansk, Voronezh and 3rd Ukrainian fronts, took part in the battles near Msensk and the liberation of Kursk and Ukraine. In the fall of 1943, he worked hard to cross the Dnieper River.
In early October 1943, a ferry account enabled the 3rd Guards Tank Army troops to cross the river into the Kozintsy-Zarubentsi area under enemy fire. On the first day, there are 12 crossings of the river under the constant fire of the enemy. As a result of the shooting, holes appeared in 16 places on the ferry, but Shamakayev selflessly did not patch the holes and the ferry continued to swim. The crossing will take several days.
On October 12, 1943, while the ferry was towing a damaged boat in the middle of the Dnieper River, a rope was twisted around the propeller and the speed slowed down. Shamkaev dives into the icy water and loosens the screw. Another time, when the ship was hit by a bomb, he skillfully patched it, sailed to shore, and rescued people.
By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of January 10, 1944, Shamkaev Akram Belyaevich was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union “For exemplary performance of the command’s combat missions, courage and heroism in the fight against the Nazi invaders on the front”.
After the war, Shamkaev was released from the reserve. Immigrated to Uzbekistan. He worked as a mechanic on a collective farm and then at the Association of Agricultural Machinery in Shurchi district of Surkhandarya region. He lived in Shurchi. He died on August 12, 1981.