Karakoz Abdaliev

Karakoz Abdaliev (Russian: Каракозы Абдалиев (1908 – October 22, 1943) was a Soviet soldier who was awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union posthumously in 1943 for his actions during the Battle of the Dnieper. He was reported to have killed 72 German soldiers and destroyed two tanks.[1]

Karakoz Abdaliev
Chimkent Uyezd, Syr-Darya Oblast, Russian Turkestan, Russian Empire
DiedOctober 22, 1943
near Melitopol, Ukrainian SSR
south of Melitopol, Ukraine
Allegiance Soviet Union
Service/branchRed Army
Years of service1941 – October 22, 1943
Unit126th Rifle Division
Battles/warsWorld War II
AwardsHero of the Soviet Union

Early lifeEdit

Abdalev was born in a peasant family of Kazakh ethnicity in Chimkent Uyezd, Syr-Darya Oblast, in Russian Turkestan in the Russian Empire (present-day Tole Bi District, Kazakhstan) in 1908. He attended school and graduated in 1924, after the Russian Revolution of 1917. From 1924 until 1941 he worked on the Taldybulak Kolkhoz.[1][2]

Eastern Front (World War II)Edit

He joined the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1940, and was called up from the Kazakh SSR in 1941. He fought on the Eastern Front (World War II) from 1942. Abdaliev became a lieutenant and platoon leader in the 690th Rifle Regiment of the 126th Rifle Division, part of the 51st Army.[1][2]

Death and awardEdit

Abdaliev fought in the Battle of the Dnieper in late 1943. In fighting near Melitopol, in modern-day Ukraine, on 21–22 October 1943 he was reported by the Presidium of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union to have cleared 17 houses occupied by the Wehrmacht in addition to having destroyed 23 machine-gun posts, two tanks and killed more than 72 German soldiers. However, he was killed in the fighting and posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union and the Order of Lenin for "exemplary performance of command assignments at the front against the Nazi invaders and for displaying courage and heroism".[3] He was buried south of Melitopol.[1][4][2]

Posthumous honoursEdit

In addition to being awarded the title Hero of the Soviet Union, a bust of him was erected in Fogolevo, South Kazakhstan Province. A street is named after him in Melitopol with a plaque remembering his achievements.[1][2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c d e "Абдалиев Каракозы". www.warheroes.ru. Retrieved 2018-01-31.
  2. ^ a b c d Shkadov, Ivan, ed. (1987). Герои Советского Союза: Краткий биографический словарь [Heroes of the Soviet Union: A Brief Biographical Dictionary] (in Russian). 1 Abaev-Lubitsch. Moscow: Voenizdat. p. 15.
  3. ^ Hero of the Soviet Union citation, available online at pamyat-naroda.ru
  4. ^ Irretrievable loss report, available online at pamyat-naroda.ru