Glory to heroes: Dauletbekov Amantai

Amantai Dauletbekov was born in Zhana-Arka district, Karaganda region. Kazakh.

Dauletbekov was drafted into the Red Army in 1939 and served in the Far East.

In the summer of 1942, Amantai Dauletbekov, along with many of his colleagues, was sent to the Bryansk front by the commander of the artillery calculation of the 1180th fighter-antitank regiment, subordinate to the 13th Army. Amantai Dauletbekov received his baptism of fire the same summer in the Oryol region, south of the ancient Russian city of Livna.

Then the fascist troops were attacking in the direction of Voronezh and Stalingrad. In the area of Livna and Kastorna our armies hung from the north over the flags of the advancing fascist armies. And here, at Livna, all summer there were fierce battles, in which Amantai was a participant. And then battles of 1943 in the north of the formed Kursk ledge.

On July 6, there were fierce battles near Ponyrei – a town and station on the railway between the Eagle and Kursk. At Ponyrei the defense was held by regiments of 307th rifle division of 13th army. Here the firing positions and the 1180th anti-tank fighter-artillery regiment were held. Numerous attacks of tanks and infantry of the enemy were repulsed on the same day.

But on July 9, the enemy broke through the defense at the 1019th rifle regiment. Fascist tanks and automatic rifles penetrated the location of the battery of the fighter regiment. Guns went out of action, heroes- defenders of their native land fell dead.

The gun of Amantai Dauletbekov, a warrior from Jean-Arka, was surrounded. Against a handful of brave artillerymen, the Nazis brought down concentrated infantry fire supported by 18 tanks and 14 self-propelled guns. This unequal battle lasted for two hours. Fascist tanks were on fire. Gunners pressed the German infantry to the ground with a sharp fire. During the 14th attack of the Germans on the Dauletbeckliv position their cannon was developed. But the fight went on. The gunners fought off the attacking enemy with grenades, shot German soldiers with rifles and automatic rifles. Dauletbekov’s gun position was breathing deadly fire. And when grenades and cartridges were gone, flammable liquid bottles ran out, a handful of wounded Soviet soldiers led by Dauletbekov started their last fight. They rushed into hand-to-hand combat.

It was July 9, 1943 at Ponyrei. The heroes were killed. But fascists on the battlefield left 29 broken tanks, 13 self-propelled guns and up to two mouths of soldiers in front of the position of gunners Amantai Dauletbekov. The enemy was stopped at this line.

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on December 24, 1943 Amantai Dauletbekov was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. Honestly…

The material is published on the basis of the book published in RIO “Bolashak Baspa” and on materials of the Internet.

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

In Karaganda, May 5, 2018, on the eve of the Victory Day celebration, a historical reconstruction dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, the battle of Ponyrya, in which our compatriot, Hero of the Soviet Union Dauletbekov Amantai took part, took place.

The main purpose of the reconstruction is to increase young people’s interest in the history of the Karaganda region, to bring up a sense of patriotism in the younger generation. In addition, the organizers emphasized the importance of the exploit of Kazakhstanis in the victory over fascism.

Alfia Faritovna, director of the Hayrullina mass media centre, who is a member of the military history club “Sogys Tarikhi”, took an active part in the reconstruction.

This event was widespread in all republican mass media.

Read about reconstruction in mass media:

The organizers of the event made an art video – a trailer, telling about those harsh times.

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