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deadly russian sniper killed 349 germans

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Abukhadzhi Idrisov f1 was a Chechen sniper and machine-gunner in the Red Army during
the Second World War. Throughout the war he killed a total of 349 enemy combatants for
which he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union just shortly before he was deported
to the Kazakh SSR solely on the grounds of his Chechen ethnicity. He was only able to
return to his native village in Chechnya in 1957 where he worked in agriculture after
the Chechen nation was granted the right of return in the Khrushchev era.par
Early lifepar Idrisov was born on 17 May 1918 in Berdikel,
Mountain Republic (present-day Komsomolskoye, Chechenya) to a Chechen peasant family. He
graduated from primary school and worked as a shepherd at the Sovetskaya Rossiya collective
farm.par Military careerpar
Idrisov was drafted into the Red Army in October 1939 and assigned to the 125th Rifle Division
in the Baltic states. He received training as a machine-gunner and saw combat from the
first day of the German-Soviet War during the defense against Operation Barbarossa.
With the rest of his regiment he retreated Northeast. In July 1941, his Division took
up defensive positions on the Pskov-Velikiye Luki line between Lake Ilmen and Lake Seliger.
There, they repulsed frequent German attacks against Leningrad; Idrisov was reported to
have killed 22 German soldiers with his machine gun, resulting in him being sent for training
to become a sniper.[1]par After completing sniper training he was assigned
in October 1942 to a sniper group positioned on a section of the North-Western Front where
Axis forces were expected to advance. In a period of ten days of intense fighting Idrisov
managed to kill approximately 100 enemy infantrymen as a sniper. By April 1943 he was reported
to have killed over 300 German soldiers in total, while serving with the 1232nd Rifle
Regiment of the 370th Rifle Division. After participating in the breakthrough of the blockade
in Leningrad he fought in the offensives to retake the Pskov region and Baltic states.
By March 1944 his tally as reported by his superiors totaled 349 kills and he had been
nominated for the title Hero of the Soviet Union. Idrisov was demobilized in April after
he was seriously wounded by a fragment of a mine that exploded next to him. He survived
due to his fellow soldiers finding him unconscious and sending him to a hospital, and on 3 June
1944 he was awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union. At a military exhibition his
rifle and wartime photographs were put on display with the title “The glorious son of
the Chechen people, Hero of the Soviet Union Abukhazhi Idrisov, destroyed more than three
hundred German fascistspar Postwar life and exilepar
Despite his awards and honors for serving loyally in the Red Army he was deported to
Kazakhstan after spending four months in the Gorky hospital recovering from his injuries.
While in exile he lived in Southwest Kazakhstan and worked on a farm as a sheep breeder. He
returned to Chechnya immediately after being granted the right of return and became a member
of the Communist Party in 1962. He lived in Chechnya for the remainder of his life and
died in Grozny on 22 October 1983f0par }

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