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Mehmet Aipov
File:Mehmet Aipov.jpg
Native name Мәхмүт Аипов
Born 12 July 1920
Died 22 April 1945(1945-04-22) (aged 24)
Place of birth Kiryushkino village, Simbirsk Governorate, RSFSR
Place of death Kaulsdorf, Berlin, Germany
Buried at Międzyrzecz Soviet military cemetery, Poland
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Service/branch Red Army
Years of service 1942–1945
Rank Soldier
Unit 230th Rifle Division
Battles/wars

World War II

Awards Hero of the Soviet UnionOrder of Lenin

Mehmet Aipov (Tatar: Мәхмүт Аипов; 12 July 1920 – 22 April 1945) was a Tatar Red Army Soldier who fought during World War II. Aipov was posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union for actions during the Battle of Berlin, where he reportedly killed 26 German soldiers. Aipov died of his wounds after being seriously wounded in the battle.[1]

Early life[edit | edit source]

Aipov was born on 12 July 1920 to a peasant family in the village of Kiryushkino in Simbirsk Governorate in the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. His family moved to Kostychi village when he was still a child. Aipov received primary education and worked as a mechanic on the Kuybyshev Railway depot at Oktyabrsk.[1][2][3]

World War II[edit | edit source]

In April 1942, Aipov volunteered for the Red Army. He was in combat within a month and fought on the Southwestern Front and the Stalingrad Front. Aipov was wounded in September 1942. In April 1943, he joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. From September, he fought on the Southern Front and then on the 3rd Ukrainian Front.[1]

By spring 1944, Aipov was a soldier in the 8th Rifle Company of the 990th Rifle Regiment of the 230th Rifle Division. On 17 April, during the Crimean Offensive on the outskirts of Sevastopol, Aipov fought in a reconnaissance mission, reportedly killing two German soldiers despite being wounded, and bringing back intelligence. He was awarded the Medal "For Courage" for his actions on 10 May.[4] In October, the division was transferred to the 1st Belorussian Front, and Aipov fought in the Vistula–Oder Offensive in January 1945.[1]

During the Battle of Berlin, Aipov reportedly replaced a wounded machine gunner on 22 April and suppressed German fire in the suburb of Kaulsdorf. After attacking into a basement, he reportedly killed several German soldiers but was wounded. Afterwards, Aipov threw a grenade but was seriously wounded again. On the same day, he died of his wounds. Reportedly, Aipov had killed a total of 26 German soldiers. On 31 May, he was posthumously awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin.[5] He was buried in the Soviet military cemetery in Międzyrzecz.[1][3]

Legacy[edit | edit source]

School No. 11 in Oktyabrsk is named after Aipov, as well as a street in the same city.[1][3]

References[edit | edit source]

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