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UEC-Saturn's veteran Vladimir Demianov: "I liberated Europe, captured Berlin. No idea how I managed to survive. I took care of soldiers, and so did they of me”

Новости компании 24.03.2020

March 24, 2020, Rybinsk. - Vladimir I. Demianov, a veteran of the Great Patriotic War, who followed roads of war as far as Berlin, worked for UEC-Saturn for over 25 years and has a "Labour Veteran" title for many years of irreproachable work. The war veteran told about that time and himself in a new meeting within a series of interviews arranged by UEC-Saturn, the veteran and youth organizations of UEC-Saturn to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory.

"Whenever I go, nobody believes I am 95! I do not know myself how I have proved able to live till this age. What inspires and keeps me up is my great grandson Egorushka. He will be two years old in the summer. A good guy, he can walk but still talks little. I would like to live till we are able to chat to him heart-to-heart," shares Vladimir I. Demianov.

Vladimir was born in Rybinsk on May 12, 1924. Finished secondary school, was drafted into the Army in 1942 and sent to the front in 1943 after artillery school. The war started for him in the rank of a firing platoon commander.

"I was sent from Yaroslavl to Kostroma where there was an artillery school moved from Leningrad. Instead of three years we studied for a year only. Holding the rank of junior lieutenant, I went to a military unit at the Kalinin Front to serve a 152-millimeter cannon…," says the veteran. “We used to put up a defence and to see "Katyushas" (lorry-mounted multiple rocket launchers) come out to the forest edge, fire an opening volley, immediately draw down and move to an alternate position. I remember heavy fighting. We were covered by fire and could see nothing, just smoke around. There were the killed and wounded next to me, but I was safe and sound. No idea how I managed to survive. I was only 19 years old! And my soldiers were close on thirty. I took care of them and so did they of me!"

On August 5, 1943 Vladimir participated in the festive fireworks in Moscow on the occasion of liberation of Orel and Belgorod from Nazi forces. Moved forward fighting and liberated Belorussia and Poland. Forced a crossing over the Oder, took part in the assault of Berlin. The war end found him on the Elbe river. Awarded a II-class Order of the Patriotic War, an Order of the Red Star and multiple medals.

"While breaching the enemy's strong defences on the western bank of the Vistula on January 14,  1945, Demianov's  platoon subdued the fire of a mortar battery, 4 machine-gun nests, annihilated 2 machine-gun nests, 14 enemy soldiers and officers. The aimed fire of Demianov's platoon ensured successful action of infantry who captured the enemy's powerful defended posts Novo Mshalla and Rudki. When attacking Pleshev, Demianov's  platoon put down the fire of a self-propelled gun, an antitank gun and two machine-gun nests and killed up to 15 enemy soldiers and officers," writes the paper to the medal "For the Liberation of Warsaw" given to Vladimir after that operation.

Was demobilized in 1956. Served in Kushka, Turkmenistan, the most southernmost spot of the Soviet Union. After the military service Vladimir cast in lot with the engine-building plant. Worked for the company from September 22, 1956 till May 14, 1984 in assembly shop No.6 as an engineer and a fitter.

Vladimir has brought up a son and a daughter, today he is happy to deal with his loved grandsons and great grandson.

"Every time in meetings with school children I say: 'God help you if you happen to face everything we, my generation endured. War is the most terrible thing ever. And I have seen it all myself," says Vladimir Demianov. "These days there are plenty of wicked talks, attempts to underestimate Soviet people's deeds steeped in blood to achieve a victory over fascism. Such an attitude to the past is immoral, unfair and unacceptable. Remember that, value each other and be proud of the country." 

PJSC "UEC-Saturn" is an engine-manufacturing company specialized in the design and development, production and after-market support of gas turbine engines for commercial aviation, power generation and gas compression as well as for ships and vessels. 
PJSC UEC-Saturn is a member of Russia’s Mechanical Engineers Union, an All-Russian industrial association of employers. The Yaroslavl regional division of the All-Russian public organization “Russia’s Mechanical Engineers Union” is headed by Viktor A. Polyakov, PJSC UEC-Saturn's Managing Director.

United Engine Corporation (JSC) (a Rostec State Corporation company) is an integrated organization specialized in the design and development, serial production and after-market support of engines for military and commercial aviation, space programs, the Navy as well as for the oil and gas industry and power generation. 

Rostec State Corporation is one of the biggest industrial companies in Russia.  It includes over 800 scientific and production enterprises in 60 regions of the country. The key areas of activity are aircraft industry, radio electronics, medical technologies, innovative materials etc. The Rostec portfolio spans such renowned brands as AVTOVAZ, KAMAZ, Kalashnikov Concern, Russian Helicopters, UEC, Uralvagonzavod, Shvabe and others. Rostec is fully engaged in the implementation of 12 national projects. The company is a key supplier of Smart City technologies, it deals with the digitalization of state management, industry, social sectors, devises development plans for 5G wireless communication technologies, industrial Internet of Things, big data and block-chain systems. Rostec is a partner of the world's leading manufacturers such as Boeing, Airbus, Daimler, Pirelli, Renault etc. The corporation's products are delivered to more than 100 countries. Almost a third of the company's receipts comes from the export of high-tech products.

UEC-Saturn PJSC press service 
Phone: (4855) – 328-898, 
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