Dovator, Lev Mikhailovich

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Dovator, Lev Mikhailovich
Dovator, Lev Mikhailovich, born on 07-02-1903 in Khotino, came from a family of peasant Jewish origin. He was elected secretary of the Komsomol committee of Khotino village, in 1922. The son of a peasant, Dovator volunteered for the Red Army in 1924 and graduated from military courses in Moscow, in 1925. He graduated the Cavalry Commander’s School, in 1929, was a Politruk in the 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division, (1935-36) and Commissar of the independent reconnaissance Battalion of 93rd infantry division.
At the start of the German invasion of the Soviet Union, he was posted as Chief of Staff of the Red Army’s 36th Cavalry Division. He soon became the commander of a cavalry group, and in August – September 1941 this cavalry group executed the most daring raid through the rear areas of the German army in Smolensk region. During the battle of Moscow, Dovator was the commander of 2nd Guards Cavalry Corps , which fended off the enemy advancement at Volokolamsk.

Death and burial ground of Dovator, Lev Mikhailovich.

He was killed in action near the outskirts of Ruza. He was reportedly cut down by machine-gun fire while crawling towards a forward position to get a better look. Dovator was posthumously given the tile Hero of the Soviet Union two days after this. Upon hearing of his death, Marshal Georgi Zhukov is said to have lamented that it was a grievous loss. Lev Dovator’s picture was used at a USSR propaganda stamp published during War. 800px-Voennaia_marka_Dovator_Smert_nemeczkim_okkupantam! The text on the stamp say “Death to German invaders!” Lev Dovator is buried on the Nova Devechi cemetry, in Moscow, just as Nikita Chruschtschow    Close by the graves of, Air Marshal, Ivan Mykytovych Kozhedub, Viacheslav Molotov ,  Ivan Chernakhosky, the Red Army’s 3rd Tank Army commander Generaloberst Pavel Semjonovich Rybalko and Vasily Kuznetsov .


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