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Vasily Sergeyevich Arkhipov
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Born 29 December [O.S. 16 December] 1906
Died 13 June 1985 (aged 78)
Place of birth yurnyary village, Perm Governorate, Russian Empire
Place of death Moscow, USSR
Allegiance  Soviet Union
Years of service 1928–1971
Rank Colonel general
Battles/wars Winter War
World War II
Awards Hero of the Soviet Union (twice)

Vasily Sergeyevich Arkhipov (Russian: Василий Сергеевич Архипов; 29 December [O.S. 16 December] 1906 – 13 June 1985) was an officer in the tank troops of the Red Army who was twice awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union for his actions in the Winter War and World War II. For his leadership of a tank company of the 112th Tank Battalion of the 35th Tank Brigade in the Winter War, Arkhipov was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. Arkhipov commanded the 53rd Guards Tank Brigade from the summer of 1943 and was awarded his second Gold Star for his leadership of the brigade in the Vistula-Oder Offensive. Postwar, Arkhipov commanded the 6th Guards Tank Division, the armored forces of the Turkestan Military District, and the 1st Guards Army. He also served as an adviser to the National People's Army of postwar Germany.[1]

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