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Aron Toker about Iakov Forzun

An excerpt from an article by Major Aron Toker "The machine-gunner Iakov Forzun" from December 7, 1944 prepared for the Jewish Anti-Fascist Committee (JAC) relates Forzun's bravery during the crossing of the West Dvina:

" … On June 24, 1944 during the crossing [by Soviet troops] of the West Dvina River, [Iakov Forzun] was the first in his [machine-gunner] company [of the 199th Guard Regiment] to cross the river on a raft [with machine guns and ammunition]. After crossing to the other bank of the river, he immediately opened fire from his machine-gun at the enemy [positions], [thus] covering the crossing by our other units. During the night of June 25, when the German … heavy infantry troops, assisted by artillery and tanks, carried out fierce counterattacks, despite heavy enemy's fire comrade Forzun successfully repulsed these counterattacks. When the gun-loader was put out of commission, comrade Forzun took a machine-gun and continued to repulse the counterattacks of the Germans. In this battle comrade Forzun beat back 11 enemy counterattacks and remained at the bridgehead until the arrival of reinforcements, killing over 40 German soldiers and officers. …"

From: GARF 8114-1-149, copy YVA JM/26137.