Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

Russian tanker M. Smirnov; ca. 1943.

This man before the war, worked as a teacher of drawing and singing in the village. He and other members of the crew died inside tank burned by germans

This man before the war, worked as an art teacher in his village. 

He and other members of the crew died inside their tank when it was burned by German soldiers on January 21, 1943.

According to the recommendation in a fight on 21-01-1943 the crew fearlessly annihilated manpower and machines of the enemy. In total 5 bunkers with officers and up to 120 soldiers, 5 enemy tanks, 24 (armored) vehicles, 19 artillery pieces and mortars and 15 machine gun positions in a 5-hours constant battle until it was hit by a shell and lost it’s maneuvering ability. Even after it was stranded, the tank fired all the ammunition it had. The Germans surrounded the tank and poured gasoline over the tank, demanding the crew to surrender. The crew refused and were burned alive. (Source)

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