Pavel Antseborenko

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Pavel Afanasevich Antseborenko
Born 1925
Maidanivka, Hlobynskyi Raion, Poltava Oblast, Ukrainian SSR
Died August 20, 1944
Hargle, Estonia
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army
Years of service 1941 - October 22, 1943
Rank Private
Unit 2nd Shock Army
Battles/wars Operation Bagration
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union Order of Lenin

Private Pavel Afanasevich Antseborenko (Russian: Павел Афанасьевич Анцеборенко; Ukrainian: Павел Афанасьевич Анцеборенко; 1925 - August 20, 1944) was a Soviet soldier who was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union posthumously in 1944 when he was killed during the defence of a village in modern-day Estonia during Operation Bagration.


Early life

Antseborenko was born into a peasant family near Poltava in the Ukrainian SSR in 1925. However, his parents were killed in 1933 during collectivization. He was therefore brought up in a kolkhoz. In 1939, he graduated from high school in Glushki and worked in a factory until the outbreak of war in 1941.[1]

Eastern Front (World War II)

He joined the Red Army upon the outbreak of war in September 1941 as a volunteer rather than a conscript. He fought his first combat engagement in October 1941 and was assigned to the 2nd Shock Army whose job it was to re-capture the Baltic States. During combat he distinguished himself and received the Order of Lenin.[1]

Death and award

On August 20, 1944, while patrolling in the village of Hargle, in Estonia, seven Soviet soldiers including Antseborenko encountered a much larger group of Wehrmacht forces and were surrounded. A firefight ensued in which Antseborenko killed eight enemy soldiers and allowed his comrades to escape. Rather than be taken prisoner, he walked towards the German soldiers with a hand grenade, which he detonated, killing himself and several enemy soldiers. On March 24, 1945 he was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union "for bravery and courage shown in battle with German invaders."[1]

Posthumous honours

In Lüllemäe, in modern-day Estonia, there is a school named after him.[1]

See also


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