Summary There were no lists in the lists

B. L. Vasiliev

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Part one

For all his life Kolya Pluzhnikov did not meet so many pleasant surprises, how many had fallen in the last three weeks. The order to confer on him, Nikolai Petrovich Pluzhnikov, was waiting for military rank for a long time, but unexpected surprises sprang up after him. Kolya woke up at night from his own laughter. After the order they gave out a lieutenant’s uniform, in the evening the head of the school congratulated everyone with the ending, handing “The identity card of the commander of the Red Army” and heavyweight TT. And then the evening began, “the most beautiful of all evenings.” Pluzhnikov did not have a girlfriend, and he invited “the librarian Zoya”.
The next day the guys began to go on vacation, exchanging addresses. Pluzhnikov did not give out travel documents, but two days later he was called to the school commissioner. He asked Nicholas instead of vacation to help deal with the property of the school, which expanded in connection with the complicated situation in Europe. “Kolya Pluzhnikov stayed at the college on a strange post” where to send. “The entire course had long since divorced, had long been romancing, sunbathing, bathing, dancing, and Kolya diligently considered bed sets, perimeter meters of footcloths and a pair of yalovyh boots and wrote all kinds of reports.” So two weeks passed. One evening he was stopped by Zoya, she began to call to her, her husband was away. Pluzhnikov agreed, but saw the commissar and was embarrassed, followed him. The commissioner called Pluzhnikov next day to the head of the school to talk about his future service. In the reception room of the general Nikolai met his former platoon commander Gorobtsov, who offered Pluzhnikov to serve together: “You ask me, okay?” “We’ve been together for a long time, we’ve worked together…” The platoon commander, Velichko, who left the post, also called Pluzhnikov to him. Then the lieutenant was invited to the general. Pluzhnikov was embarrassed, there were rumors that the general was in the fighting Spain, he was particularly respected.
After looking at Nicholas’s documents, the general noted his excellent marks, excellent shooting and offered to stay in the school as the commander of the training platoon, asked about the age of Pluzhnikov. “I was born on April 12, 1922,” Kolya rattled off, and he feverishly considered what to say. I wanted to “serve in the troops” to become a real commander. The general continued: in three years Kolya would be able to enter the academy, and, apparently, “you should study further.” The general and the commissar began to discuss, to whom, Gorobtsov or Velichko, to send Pluzhnikov. Blushing and embarrassed, Nicholas refused: “It’s a great honor… I believe that every commander must first serve in the troops… so they told us in the school… Direct me to any part and to any post.” “But he is a young man, a commissar,” the general unexpectedly answered. Nicholas sent to the Special Western District commander of the platoon, this is not even dreamed of. True, with the proviso that in a year he will return after military practice at the school. The only disappointment was that they did not give leave: by Sunday it was necessary to arrive at the unit. In the evening he “departed Moscow, having three days left: until Sunday.”
The train arrived in Moscow early in the morning. Before Kropotkinskaya Kolya reached the subway, “the most beautiful metro in the world.” He walked to the house and felt awe – everything here is familiar to the pain. Towards the gate came two girls, in one he did not immediately recognize his sister Vera. Girls ran to school – the last Komsomol meeting can not be missed, they agreed to meet at lunch. Mother did not change at all, even the robe was the same. She suddenly burst into tears: “My God, how are you like your father! ..” Father died in Central Asia in 1926 in a battle with the Basmachi. From the conversation with his mother, Kolya found out: Valya, a friend of her sister, had once been in love with him. Now she has grown into a wonderful beauty. All this is extremely pleasant to listen to. At the Belorussian station, where Kolya came for a ticket, it turned out that his train departs at seven o’clock in the evening, but this is impossible. Having told the attendant, that Pluzhnikov took a ticket with a transfer in Minsk for three minutes of the first and, thanking the person on duty, went to the store. I bought champagne, cherry, and madera. Mother was afraid of the abundance of alcohol, Nikolay waved carelessly: “To walk so to walk.”
Arriving home and covering the table, my sister constantly asked about her studies at the school, about the upcoming service, she promised to visit him at her new place of work with her friend. Finally came Valya, asked Nicholas to stay, but he could not: “on the border is restless.” They talked about the inevitability of war. According to Nikolai, this will be a quick war: we will be supported by the world proletariat, the proletariat of Germany and, most importantly, the Red Army, its fighting capacity. Then Valya offered to see the records she brought, they were wonderful, “Francesca Gaal herself sang.” They talked about Verochka about to become an actress. Valya believes that in addition to desire, talent is also needed.
For nineteen years, Kolya did not kiss anyone with anyone. At the school he regularly went on dismissal, attended theaters, ate ice cream, did not go to dances – he danced badly. I did not get acquainted with anyone other than Zoe. Now, “he knew that he did not get acquainted only because there was Valya in the world.” For the sake of such a girl it was worth suffering, and these sufferings gave him the right to proudly and directly meet her cautious gaze. “And Kolya was very pleased with himself.”
Then they danced, Kolya was embarrassed by his ineptitude. Dancing with Valya, invited her to visit, promised to order a pass, asked only to inform in advance about the arrival. Kolya realized that he fell in love, Valya promised to wait for him. Leaving for the station, said farewell to his mother somehow frivolous, because the girls have already dragged his suitcase down, promised: “How will I come, I’ll write right away.” At the station, Nikolai worries that the girls are late for the subway, and is afraid if they leave before the train leaves.
Nikolay was the first to travel so far on the train, so he did not leave the window all the way. Long stood in Baranavichy, finally passed by a heavy raging endless freight train. The elderly captain discontentedly noted: “The Germans are chasing and chasing the breads day and night.” How can you understand this? ” Kolya did not know what to say, because the USSR has a treaty with Germany.
Arriving in Brest, he spent a long time looking for a dining room, but he could not find it. Having met the lieutenant-namesake, I went to lunch at the restaurant “Belarus”. There the tankman Andrei joined the Nikolayevs. The restaurant was played by the beautiful violinist Reuben Svitsky “with golden fingers, golden ears and a heart of gold…”. The tank officer said that the pilots were canceled holidays, and the border guards hear the roaring engines of tanks and tractors every night after the Bug. Pluzhnikov asked about the provocation. Andrew heard: defectors say: “The Germans are preparing for war.” After dinner, Nicholas and Andrei left, and Pluzhnikov stayed – Svitsky was going to play for him. “Kolya was a little dizzy, and everything seemed fine.” The violinist offers to lead the lieutenant to the fortress, where his niece also goes. On the way, Svitsky says: with the arrival of Soviet troops, “we have become unaccustomed to the darkness and unemployment, too.” The music school opened – there will soon be a lot of musicians. Then they hired a cabman and drove to the fortress. In the darkness, Nicholas almost did not see the girl that Reuben called “Mirrochka.” Later, Reuben went out, and the young people drove on. They examined the stone at the border of the fortress and drove up to the checkpoint. Nicholas expected to see something like the Kremlin, but something black in the air was black. They left, Pluzhnikov gave the top five, but the cabman noted that the ruble was enough. Mirra pointed to the checkpoint where documents had to be presented. Nikolay was surprised that he had a fortress in front of him. The girl explained: “We pass through the bypass channel, and there will be the North Gate.” Then they hired a cabman and drove to the fortress. In the darkness, Nicholas almost did not see the girl that Reuben called “Mirrochka.” Later, Reuben went out, and the young people drove on. They examined the stone at the border of the fortress and drove up to the checkpoint. Nicholas expected to see something like the Kremlin, but something black in the air was black. They left, Pluzhnikov gave the top five, but the cabman noted that the ruble was enough. Mirra pointed to the checkpoint where documents had to be presented. Nikolay was surprised that he had a fortress in front of him. The girl explained: “We pass through the bypass channel, and there will be the North Gate.” Then they hired a cabman and drove to the fortress. In the darkness, Nicholas almost did not see the girl that Reuben called “Mirrochka.” Later, Reuben went out, and the young people drove on. They examined the stone at the border of the fortress and drove up to the checkpoint. Nicholas expected to see something like the Kremlin, but something black in the air was black. They left, Pluzhnikov gave the top five, but the cabman noted that the ruble was enough. Mirra pointed to the checkpoint where documents had to be presented. Nikolay was surprised that he had a fortress in front of him. The girl explained: “We pass through the bypass channel, and there will be the North Gate.” Nicholas expected to see something like the Kremlin, but something black in the air was black. They left, Pluzhnikov gave the top five, but the cabman noted that the ruble was enough. Mirra pointed to the checkpoint where documents had to be presented. Nikolay was surprised that he had a fortress in front of him. The girl explained: “We pass through the bypass channel, and there will be the North Gate.” Nicholas expected to see something like the Kremlin, but something black in the air was black. They left, Pluzhnikov gave the top five, but the cabman noted that the ruble was enough. Mirra pointed to the checkpoint where documents had to be presented. Nikolay was surprised that he had a fortress in front of him. The girl explained: “We pass through the bypass channel, and there will be the North Gate.”
At the checkpoint Nicholas was detained, I had to call the duty officer. After reading the documents, the officer on duty asked: “Mirrochka, you are a Nashensky man.” Lead directly to the barracks of the 333rd regiment: there are rooms for business travelers there. ” Nikolay retorted, he needs to go to his regiment. “You’ll figure it out in the morning,” replied the sergeant. Walking along the fortress, the lieutenant inquired about housing. Mirra promised to help him find a room. She asked that in Moscow you heard about the war? Nikolay did not answer. Provocative conversations, he does not intend to conduct, so he started talking about a... treaty with Germany and the power of Soviet technology. Pluzhnikov did not like the knowledge of this lame girl, she was observant, not stupid, sharp at the language: with this he was ready to accept, but her awareness of the presence in the fortress of armored forces, the redeployment of parts of the camp,
Suddenly, Mirra burst out laughing, and behind her the others: Pluzhnikov was all in the dust. Mirra warned him not to shake off the dust, he should brush, otherwise he would get mud in his clothes. The girl promised to get a brush. Having passed the river Mukhavets and the three-gates, they entered the inner fortress to the ring barracks. Then Mirra remembered, the lieutenant had to be cleaned, and led him into the warehouse. “He went into a vast, poorly lit room, crushed by a heavy vaulted ceiling… It was cool in the warehouse, but dry: the floor was covered with river sand here and there…” Accustomed to lighting, Nikolai saw two women and a mustachioed seated officer sitting near the iron stove. Mirra found a brush and called Nicholas: “Let’s go clean, grief… someone’s,” Nikolay objected, but Mirra vigorously cleaned it. The lieutenant was angrily silent, yielding to the commands of the girl. Back in the warehouse, Pluzhnikov saw two more: Senior Sergeant Fedorchuk and Red Army soldier Vasya Volkov. They had to wipe the cartridges and stuff them with disks and machine-gun belts. Christina Yanovna treated everyone to tea. Nikolai gathered in the regiment, but Anna Petrovna stopped him: “The service will not run away from you,” offered him tea and began to ask where he came from. Soon everyone gathered around the table to drink tea with pastries, which, according to Aunt Khristi, today was especially successful.
Suddenly a blue flame blazed outside, a heavy rumble was heard. At first it was thought, a thunderstorm. “The walls of the casemate flinched, the plaster fell from the ceiling, and through the deafening howl and roar the rumblings of heavy shells exploded more clearly and clearly.” Fedorchuk jumped up and shouted that the ammunition depot had been blown up. “War!” cried the foreman Stepan Matveyevich. Kolya rushed upstairs, the foreman tried to stop him. It was June 22, 1941, four hours fifteen minutes Moscow time.
Part two
Pluzhnikov jumped out into the very center of an unfamiliar, blazing fortress – artillery shelling continued, but there was a slowdown. The Germans moved the fire shaft to the outer edges. Pluzhnikov looked around: all around was burning, people burned alive in an oiled and probed garage. Nikolai ran to the checkpoint, where he would be told where to go, jumped into the funnel on the way to the gate, escaping from a heavy shell. The soldier also dropped here, saying: “The Germans are in the club.” Pluzhnikov clearly understood: “The Germans broke into the fortress, which meant that the war had really started, and Pluzhnikov needed to get at least some weapons, but the fighter does not know where the warehouse is.” Kondakov knew, but he was killed The boy remembered they were running to the left, which meant that the warehouse was on the left. “Pluzhnikov looked out and saw the first man killed, He involuntarily attracted the curiosity of the lieutenant. Nicholas quickly figured out where to run, and ordered the soldier to keep up. But they did not find a warehouse. “Pluzhnikov realized that he had once again left with one pistol, exchanging a convenient remote funnel for an almost bare spot next to the church.
He ordered to run to his own, from time to time shouting “their own!”. They ran to the fence, swinging through it, were among their own. The senior lieutenant was angrily shouting that it was necessary “dashes”. Pluzhnikov wanted to report on the form, but the senior lieutenant did not listen, but briefly explained the situation. He ordered Nicholas to take the rifle from the sergeant and added: “we would only have to hold out to our own.” Everyone looked intensely at the wall of the gate, waiting for another attack by the Germans. Fighters with German automatic weapons began to pull up here. Two border guards at the machine gun asked the lieutenant to fill the tape with cartridges. Almost all have already been shot. Pluzhnikov learned that the cartridges were in the basement. But it turned out that the cartridges were over. Nicholas saw many wounded. Everyone was expecting help from the city. Black-haired decided to break into the club and eliminate German submachine gunners. “If there is no weapon, tear your teeth,” he finished his speech, “or take a brick.” When he saw Pluzhnikov, the Zampolit inquired what kind of regiment he was. Nikolay answered that he does not yet appear on the lists. The Zampolit gave him ten men, instructing him to attack the windows. Pluzhnikov gave up his rifle, distributed the windows between his men, prepared for the attack. Zampolitruka shouted: “Forward! For the Motherland!” Fighters shouting “Hurray!” rushed to the attack. Bursting into the church, “wheezing and furiously swearing, choked, tore teeth, squeezed out their eyes, tore their mouths, shredded knives, beaten with shovels, bricks, butts… Pluzhnikov saw only wide-bared mouths and heard only a drawn animal’s roar.” He looked for a split second, then rushed to the general mass… The battle was over, the Germans, unable to stand it, fled the church, leaving dead and wounded on the floor. Pluzhnikov, sitting at the wall, understood: the battle was over, he himself was not injured, and experienced nothing but nausea and fatigue. Nicholas was instructed to keep the church – the key of the citadel defense, promised to give a machine gun. Pluzhnikov asked for water for the machine gun. We can not get to the shore, we decided to collect flasks and hand them over to the lieutenant. The Zampolitruka ordered everyone to wear helmets. They took the wounded. After a blow to the head, apparently, butt, Pluzhnikov with his will kept consciousness. The soldier gave him a flask of water. Nicholas learned his name – Peter Salnikov. Pluzhnikov got hold of the captured automatic rifle and went to the men. It was necessary to collect weapons and prepare for new attacks. But the fighters had already collected, while he came to himself. The observer announced the appearance of bomb bombers. At this time, the promised machine-gun was fetched to the club. Pluzhnikov ordered everyone to wear helmets. The bombing began, throwing a machine gun, the soldiers hid in cover. The sergeant ran after the machine gun, but it seemed to be covered by a bomb. After the bombing, however, it turned out that he is alive, pulling a machine gun, and behind him runs a fighter with ribbons of cartridges. Three women were found in the church, hiding from shelling. They saw Germans in the basement. Pluzhnikov with six soldiers went to check. There were three passes, distributing people, Nikolay and Salnikov went to the right corridor. The soldier was afraid of the darkness, Pluzhnikov himself was frightened, but he would not admit it to himself even for himself. It was an almost mystical horror of the unknown. All the groups returned without discovering the Germans. They decided that women imagined with fright. Three women were found in the church, hiding from shelling. They saw Germans in the basement. Pluzhnikov with six soldiers went to check. There were three passes, distributing people, Nikolay and Salnikov went to the right corridor. The soldier was afraid of the darkness, Pluzhnikov himself was frightened, but he would not admit it to himself even for himself. It was an almost mystical horror of the unknown. All the groups returned without discovering the Germans. They decided that women imagined with fright. Three women were found in the church, hiding from shelling. They saw Germans in the basement. Pluzhnikov with six soldiers went to check. There were three passes, distributing people, Nikolay and Salnikov went to the right corridor. The soldier was afraid of the darkness, Pluzhnikov himself was frightened, but he would not admit it to himself even for himself. It was an almost mystical horror of the unknown. All the groups returned without discovering the Germans. They decided that women imagined with fright.
A new attack of the Germans began. The sergeant fired a machine gun, Pluzhnikov, holding the windows, fired and shot, and the gray-green figures fled to the church. After the attack, the bombing began again. After it – an attack. So passed the day. During the bombing, Pluzhnikov did not run anywhere, but went to the vaulted window right away. When the bombing ended, he rose and shot at the fleeing Germans. I just wanted to lie down and close my eyes, but he could not afford even a minute of rest: it was necessary to find out how many survived, and somewhere to get ammunition. The sergeant replied that there were no cartridges. There are five people alive, two wounded. Pluzhnikov asked why the army did not help. The sergeant assured me that by nightfall they would come. The sergeant and the border guards went to the barracks for the patrons and orders of the commissar. Salnikov asked to run for water, Pluzhnikov was allowed to try to get it, The machine gun also needs water. Having collected empty flasks, the fighter ran to Mukhavtsu or Bug. The border guard suggested Pluzhnikov “feel” the Germans, warned not to take machine guns, but only horns with cartridges and grenades. After picking up the cartridges, they ran into the wounded man who fired at Pluzhnikov. The border guard wanted to finish him off, but Nikolai did not allow it. The frontier guard got angry: “Do not you dare? My friend finished – do not you dare? They fucked you, too, do not you dare? ..” He nevertheless finished off the wounded man, and then asked the lieutenant if the German had hurt him. After resting, they returned to the church. The sergeant was already there. “At night it is ordered to collect weapons, establish communication, transfer women and children to deep cellars.” They were ordered to keep the church, promised to help people. When asked about the help of the army, it is said that they are waiting. But it sounded so, that Pluzhnikov understood, ” no help is expected from the 84th Regiment. “The sergeant suggested Pluzhnikov chewing bread, he” delays thoughts. “Remembering the morning, Nicholas thought:” And the warehouse of those two women, and the lamebird, and the fighters – all fell asleep with the first volley. Somewhere very near, very near the church. And he was lucky, he jumped out. He was lucky… “Salnikov returned with water, first of all” watered a machine gun, “the soldiers were given three sips, after a hand-to-hand fight and a successful outing for the water, Salnikov’s fear passed, he was joyfully animated, which irritated Pluzhnikov, and he sent a fighter to the neighbors for cartridges and grenades, and at the same time to inform them that they will keep the church. “Ten hours later, Pluzhnikov wanted to instruct them, but there were no tears from his burned eyes, he was replaced by a frontier guard.” The lieutenant lay down for a minute and – .
Thus ended the first day of the war, and he did not know, crouched on the dirty floor of the church, and could not know how many of them will be ahead… And the soldiers, who slept near by and who were on duty at the entrance, also did not know and could not know how many days released to each of them. They lived a united life, but each of them had their own death.


Summary There were no lists in the lists