In the Battle of Kursk, one of our fellow countrymen, Vasily Efimovich Konovalov, was killed. He was born in 1912 in the settlement of Mega, Surgut district. Drafted into the army on July 17, 1941. He served as a scout in the 2nd Rifle Separate Battalion of the 125th Separate Rifle Brigade of the 7th Rifle Corps. The 125th Infantry Brigade was formed in the winter of 1941-1942. in the Chernushinsky district of the Molotov region. In early June 1942, the brigade arrived at the Western Front.
Vasily Konovalov distinguished himself in the Rzhev-Sychevsk offensive operation, which took place from July 30 to August 23, 1942, on August 15, he and the squad leader destroyed 5 Nazis, captured the bunker and the enemy machine gun, from which he subsequently fired. On August 16, in a battle for the village of Gorki, he captured an enemy bunker. On August 18, in the battle for the village of Nazaryevo, he carried out the wounded battalion commander from the battlefield under enemy fire. For courage and courage he was awarded the Order of the Red Star.
In 1943, Vasily Efimovich Konovalov was appointed squad commander of the 49th rifle division. In the summer of 1943, the 49th division took part in the Battle of Kursk (the destruction of the German Oryol group of forces). On July 22, units of the 212th rifle regiment destroyed 75 soldiers and officers, 3 vehicles. During the offensive of the 212th Infantry Regiment on July 23, in a forest belt west of the village of Aleskseevsky, our fellow countryman Vasily Efimovich Konovalov was mortally wounded. Burial place of the hero: Kaluga region, 1 km east of the village of Barsuki.