Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Honored Allies Wednesday: Samed H. Abdullaev (Soviet Union)

"Abdullayev fought in the Battle of the Caucasus, the Battle of Crimea, and the Battle of Kerch Peninsula.  In one action he was wounded and sent to the hospital, but soon returned to his unit.  He became a battalion sanitary instructor in the 1339th Rifle Regiment of the 318th Rifle Division with the rank of Starshina.  On 10 June 1943, he was awarded the Medal "For Courage" for his actions.  He fought in the Kerch-Eltigen Operation.  On 1 November 1943, Abdullayev landed on the Kerch peninsula near Eltigen with his unit.  Under heavy fire, he reportedly carried wounded off the battlefield, giving them treatment.  During an attack, the German troops came close to the positions, Abudullayev reportedly advanced while throwing grenades, causing the German troops to retreat and saving his wounded commander.  While defending the wounded, Abdullayev killed more German soldiers.  On 5 November, he was killed in action.  Abdullayev was buried in the village of Eltigen.  On 17 November, he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin." 

Another honored ally,

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