They were only 39 They were told to hold the line In control Sent into battle, came from the sky Trapped on a mountain, and into the fire Hold your ground When you're fighting those who fight
Hundreds lost, and no ground taken.
General CommentNot all notable last stands happened decades, centuries or millenia ago, and what happened on Hill 3234 in 1988 during the Soviet-Afghan war is a great example of bravery during more recent years.On the 7th of January the 39 Soviet airborne soldiers landed on the hilltop to secure safe passage for the convoys passing on the road below. As the operation went on, Soviet commanders wanted to secure the entire section of the road from Gardez to Khost. Negotiations were undertaken with the local Jadran tribe as well as with Haqqani. At this point the Soviet Union stepped in and deployed the 40th Army, who entered Kabul, killed Amin and installed a Soviet loyalist in his place. One of the most important points was the nameless hill designated by its height of 3234m, which was assigned to the 9th company of the 345th Independent Guards Airborne Regiment led by Colonel Valery Vostrotin.
The Soviet forces sustained very low casualties, with 6 men out of 39 killed and 28 injured. Two of the soldiers killed, Vyacheslav Alexandrovich Alexandrov and Andrey Alexandrovich Melnikov, were posthumously awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union. The Battle for Hill 3234 was fought by Soviet Troops in Afghanistan, to secure an important strategic road. Over the course of two days, 39 Soviets faced 250 well-armed Mujahideen rebels, suffering heavy casualties but ultimately prevailing.
The 39 man company landed on the hilltop on January 7, 1988, tasked with creating and holding a hilltop strong point from which to observe and control a long section of the road beneath and thus secure it for the safe passage of convoys. All of the paratroopers in this battle were given the Order of the Red Banner and Order of the Red Star. They were supported by five infantry divisions and a tank division of the Afghan government.
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Four Leaf Paladin 21:07, 26 July 2015 (UTC) External links modified. 39 Soviets faced 250 well-armed Mujahideen rebels over the course of two days, suffering heavy casualties but ultimately prevailing. The Soviets repelled 12 separate attacks between 3.30pm and dawn the following day, keeping their position until the last convoy was safely past. If the Soviet-Afghan War was the Soviet Union’s Vietnam, then the famous battle for the Hill 3234 was their own FSB Ripcord.
The Battle for Hill 3234 was a successful defensive battle fought by the 345th Independent Guards Airborne Regiment, Soviet Airborne Troops, in Afghanistan against a force of 200 to 250 Mujahideen rebels in January 1988.
Connect your Spotify account to your Last.fm account and scrobble everything you listen to, from any Spotify app on any device or platform. First they fired with all possible weapons including recoilless guns and RPG.
From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core. After a few salvos, Soviet artillery replied and silenced some of the Mujahideen's guns, with the commander of the first platoon, Lt. Viktor Gagarin, directing fire via a radio. During the ensuing battle, the Soviet unit was in constant communication with headquarters and received everything the leadership of 40th Army had to offer in terms of artillery support, ammunition, reinforcements, and helicopter evacuation of the wounded.. The Mujahideen wore black uniforms with rectangular black-yellow-red stripes. Sabaton Lyrics "Hill 3234" Landed on the hilltop, soviet forces are in place Awaiting orders! In the 10 years of fighting, hundreds of thousands of civilians were killed and millions fled as refugees, mostly to neighbouring Pakistan and Iran.
The exhausted and mostly wounded Soviets were nearly out of ammunition but continued to occupy the hill until the last convoy passed through the road below. Shortly after landing, the airborne troopers, who were well trained and experienced in Afghan conditions, started to take up positions which covered both the road and the uphill passages.
The notorious hill, named for its altitude of 3234 meters, became one of the most glorious symbols of the Soviet war effort. Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License. When rebel fire slackened, it was clear that this was the beginning of an infantry assault. From 1979 to 1989 a conflict known as the Soviet-Afghan War was under way in the fields and mountains of Afghanistan.
Following the coup, the country entered a state of near civil war. His strategic objectives failed. The rebels had a number of fortified strongholds on the road from Kabul to Khost, including a large minefield, anti-aircraft guns, mortars and RPGs, which made the road and the surrounding hills a no-go zone. Scrobbling is when Last.fm tracks the music you listen to and automatically adds it to your music profile. One accurate version.