Rakhimzhan Qoshqarbaev

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Raqymzhan Qoshqarbayev (Kazakh: Рақымжан Қошқарбаев, Raqımjan Qoşqarbayev; Russian: Рахимжан Кошкарбаев, born 1924, died 1988[1]) was a Soviet soldier. He was the first officer to raise the Soviet Flag over the Reichstag building in Berlin,[2] on April 30, 1945, during World War II.

Qoshqarbayev was born in Astana, Kazakhstan. He commenced active duty in early 1945. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant, and commanded the reconnaissance platoon of the 1st Rifle Battalion, 674th Regiment. His unit was involved in heavy fighting, including the Battle of Berlin.

After the war Qoshqarbaev was the manager of the Alma-Ata Hotel. Unlike another Kazakh hero of the war, Baurzhan Momyshuly, Qoshqarbaev was never awarded the Gold Star. This was due to the supposedly bourgeois background of Qoshqarbayev's father, which was a disadvantage in the Soviet Union.

References

  1. Знамя над рейхстагом водрузил Рахимжан Кошкарбаев - официальное подтверждение Института военной истории МО России (in Russian). KazInform. 08.05.2007. Retrieved 22 October 2011. Check date values in: |date= (help)CS1 maint: unrecognized language (link)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Wes Brown compares Fabio Capello to Sir Alex Ferguson". Daily Mirror. 11 October 2008. Retrieved 24 March 2010. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>