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Semyon Bogdanov
Semyon Bogdanov29.8.1894 - 12.3.1960

Semyon Bogdanov was a commander of the 2nd Tank Army of the 2nd Ukrainian Front, Lieutenant General; commander of the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the 1st Belorussian Front, Colonel-General.

He was born on August 29, 1894 in Petersburg (now St. Petersburg) in a working class family. Russian. Participated in the 1st World War, a warrant officer of the reserve regiment.

In the Red / Soviet Army since 1918. During the Civil War he commanded a platoon, company, battalion; he participated in the liquidation of Antonov and Tambov Rebellion. After the war, in 1923, he graduated from the Higher Military Educational School and commanded units; since 1928 - Assistant commander, and in 1930, after the Supreme infantry tactical training - the commander of Infantry Regiment; then he commanded a mechanized training regiment, mechanized s and light tank brigades. In 1936 he graduated from the Academic postgraduate courses at the Military Academy of Mechanization and Motorization of the Red Army. From March 1941 - Commander of the Armored Division.

During the Great Patriotic War, Colonel Bogdanov continued to command a division; in March - May 1942, he was Deputy Commander of the 10th Army tank forces. A member of the CPSU (B) / Communist Party since 1942. From May 19, 1942 to September 7, 1942 he commanded the 12th Tank Corps; on July 21, 1942 he was awarded the rank of Major-General of the Armored Forces. On September 26, 1942, Semyon Bogdanov was appointed the commander of the 6th Mechanized Corps, on January 9, 1943 awarded Guards rank, and converted to the 5th Guards Mechanized Corps, which he commanded until February 25, 1943; and then from March 11 to August 24, 1943 – the 9th Tank Corps. On June 7, 1943 Semyon Bogdanov became Lieutenant-General of the Armored Forces..

Since September 1943, Lieutenant-General of the Armored Forces, S. Bogdanov - Commander of the 2nd Tank Army, transformed on November 20, 1944 into the 2nd Guards Tank Army. Troops under Bogdanov’s command participated in the battles on the West, the 1st and 2nd Ukrainian and 1st Belorussian Front, successfully fought the enemy in the Battle of Moscow in the Korsun-Shevchenko, Uman-Botoshansk, Lublin-Brest, Vistula-Oder, East Pomeranian and Berlin operations, stormed Berlin. The actions of the 2nd Tank Army were of high maneuverability and speed.

For his leadership of the Tank Army troops in the battles during breaking the enemy’s defense on the Uman direction, and for his courage and bravery, Lieutenant-General of the Armored Forces, Semyon Bogdanov by the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on March 11, 1944 was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union, the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star medal (№ 2545).

By the Decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet on April 6, 1945 for exemplary actions of the troops of the 2nd Guards Tank Army, commanded by Guards Colonel-General of the Armored Forces, Semyon Bogdanov to encircle and destroy the enemy forces in Warsaw, while crossing the rivers Nettse (Noteć) and the Oder and at the Baltic Sea coast, he was awarded the second Gold Star medal (№ 5658).

In 1945, S. Bogdanov was awarded the military rank of Marshal of the Armored Forces. From May 1947 he commanded armored and mechanized forces of the Group of the Soviet occupation forces in Germany, from August 1948 - First Deputy Commander, and from November - Commander of armored and mechanized forces of the Soviet Army, then in 1953-1954 - Commander of the mechanized army; in 1954-1956 - Head of the Military Academy of the Armored Forces. Since 1956, he was retired due to illness. A member of the Supreme Soviet of the 2nd - 4th convocations.

He died in Moscow on March 12, 1960. He was buried at Novodevichy Cemetery.

He was awarded the Order of Lenin, four Orders of the Red Banner, the Orders of Suvorov of the 1st and 2nd degrees, and medals; foreign orders.

Bust of twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Semyon Bogdanov was installed in the hero-city of Leningrad - St. Petersburg along the Hero’s Alley in Moscow Victory Park.
 



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