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Thursday, 27 November 2008 10:37

Dmitriy Fyodorovich Lavrinenko

Born: September 10, 1914, small village near Krasnodar.

Died: December 18, 1941, near Moscow.

Age: 27

Cause of death: Tank explosion.

Notable because:  Dmitry took his tank into battle 28 times, scoring 52 victories before he was killed defending Moscow in 1941. In October of 1941 his T-34 destroyed 16 German tanks in a single combat.


Dmitriy Lavrinenko was a successful Soviet tankman and a Hero of the Soviet Union. Lavrinenko finished the education at Ulyanovsk Tank Academy in May, 1938. He took part in Soviet campaigns in in Poland 1939 and Bessarabia 1940.

In 1941, he commanded the new T-34/76 tank, which was superior to all German types of the time. With 52 or 57 tanks and self-propelled guns, eliminated in 1941 during Operation Barbarossa on the Eastern Front of World War II, he is considered to be the top Soviet tank ace despite early death in 1941. Unlike many other Soviet tank commanders in that year, he managed to take advantage of the abilities of the T-34 and the inferiority of contemporary German tanks and anti-tank guns, while surviving for half a year against the otherwise superior German tactics or Stuka fighters.

LavrinenkoOn May 5, 1990 Lavrinenko was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union posthumously.


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