Eternal glory to the heroes: Fyodor Yakovlevich Ivanishko

Fyodor Yakovlevich Ivanishko was born in 1910. He is a Russian. Before being drafted into the Red Army he lived and worked in Dzhezkazgan region, nowadays Karaganda region. Since February, 1942 Fyodor Yakovlevich was in the ranks of the acting army.

From August 1942 to February 1943 he participated in the Battle of Stalingrad.

In the battles for his homeland Fyodor Yakovlevich Ivanishko proved himself as a skilful and brave gunner.

In summer 1943 he took part in battles at Kursk Bulge. In October-November 43 he participated in the battles for the city of Nevel. At the beginning of 1944 he participated in the Novosokolnicheskaya operation. For difference in these battles he was awarded two Orders of Glory.

The commander of the machine-gun unit of the separate Guards training rifle battalion of the 67th Guards rifle division, Petty Officer Fyodor Ivanishko, became especially famous during the battles in Belarus in summer 1944.

Here is a brief description of Fyodor Yakovlevich Ivanishko’s combat feat, for which he was awarded the high title of Hero of the Soviet Union, stated in the award sheet: “While in defense, he gave all his abilities and knowledge in preparing the personnel of his calculation for the decisive battles with the Nazi invaders. Energetic and skillful training of his subordinates Comrade Ivanishko rallied his calculation with a common hatred for the enemy, the desire for an offensive breakthrough. At last on June 24, 1944 the calculation received an order to break through the enemy defense in the area north-west of Vitebsk.

Overcoming the resistance knots and artificial obstacles of the enemy, the calculation Comrade Ivanishko, always moving one of the first companies in the company’s combat order, with the destructive fire of his machine gun paved the way for the advancing infantry.

In heavy battles, clearing of the Hitlerites one settlement after another, his calculation was carried out during the day to 30 km and on the move, hastily made rafts, under the fierce fire of the enemy, despising death, with the mattress and ammunition forced the Western Dvina river in the region of Uzrechye. Without losing a minute, grenades and fire of his machine gun Ivanishko Fedor Yakovlevich suppressed the enemy’s firing points and gained a foothold, creating a bridgehead to force the river with the whole battalion. The enemy, seeking to hold the left bank of the Western Dvina River, furiously resisted, repeatedly organizing counterattacks. В

In this hot battle Fyodor Ivanishko destroyed five soldiers and one officer of the enemy, repulsed counterattacks. And again, his calculation rushed forward, with the battle clearing every inch of the earth of the fascist invaders.

During the battles from June 24 to July 3, 1944 the Hero’s calculation destroyed up to 50 soldiers and officers of the enemy, captured two Hitlerites and captured 2 manual machine guns and 15 rifles. With his fighting Fyodor Yakovlevich Ivanishko contributed to the combat mission set for the battalion”.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR of March 24, 1945 for the courage and personal heroism shown in the battles Fyodor Ivanishko was awarded the high title Hero of the Soviet Union.

In 1945 he was demobilized.

He died on December 9, 1957. He was buried in Novosibirsk.

In Omsk a memorial plaque in honor of the Hero was installed. Streets in the city of Omsk and the village of Muromtsevo in the Omsk region were named after him.

The material is published, based on the book published in Bolashak Baspa and on materials of the Internet.

Heroes of Karaganda [Text]: a collection of biographical information / edited by Zh. S. Akylbaev, A. A. Abdakimov, N. O. Dulatbekov, R. K. Omarbekova. – Karaganda: Bolashak-Baspa, 2000. – – 146 p.

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