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Aleksandr Petrovich Yunev
Native name Александр Петрович Юнёв
Born 28 September 1924
Died 18 February 1952
Place of birth Krasavka village, Fyodorovsky District, Saratov Oblast
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army
Years of service 1942-?
Rank Senior lieutenant
Unit 3rd Guards Airborne Division
Battles/wars World War II
Awards

Hero of the Soviet UnionOrder of Lenin

Order of the Red Star

Aleksandr Petrovich Yunev (Russian: Александр Петрович Юнёв; 28 September 1924 – 18 February 1952) was a Red Army Senior lieutenant and Hero of the Soviet Union.[1][2][3]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Yunev was born on 28 September 1924 in Krasavka village in Fyodorovsky District, Saratov Oblast.[2]

World War II[edit | edit source]

He fought in World War II from August 1942. He fought at the Battle of Stalingrad and the Battle of Kursk.[2] He was wounded five times.[2] Yunev was a machine gun platoon leader in the 2nd Guards Airborne Regiment of the 3rd Guards Airborne Division.[2] He joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1944.[3] During Operation Spring Awakening, Yunev distinguished himself.[2][3]

On 7 March 1945, the platoon took up defensive positions near the village of Sheregeyesh, west of Lake Balaton. After a ten minute artillery bombardment, two German battalions and seven tanks attacked the positions.[2] Yunev's machine gun fire killed numerous German soldiers, repulsing the attack.[2] On 10 March, Yunev and his platoon repulsed another counterattack, killing 83 German soldiers.[2] On 13 March, he was wounded.[2] On 29 June 1945, Yunev was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union for his actions, as well as the Order of Lenin.[1]

Later life[edit | edit source]

In 1948, he graduated from the Tashkent Tank School and served in the Central Group of Forces.[3] He died on 18 February 1952, a result of his war wounds.[2] Yunev was buried in Vienna.[2] A street in Krasavka is named for him.[3]

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