Mikhail Vasilyevich Khotimsky was the commander of the 37th Slutsk-Pomeranian Mechanized Brigade of the 1st Krasnograd Mechanized Corps of the 2nd Guards Tank Army of the 1st Belorussian Front, colonel. He served in the Red Army since 1921. He was a participant in the Civil War. He graduated from VTsIK Joint Military School in 1925, in 1932 he finished armored advanced training courses for command personnel (CUKS), in 1937 – the Military Academy of Mechanization and Motorization of the Red Army. He worked in Moscow at Military Academy. He was on the fronts of the Great Patriotic War since July 1942. He fought on the Voronezh, Southwestern, Steppe, 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian, 1st Belorussian fronts. He participated in the battles for the city of Voronezh, including the Chizhovsky bridgehead in 1942, in the liberation of villages and cities of the Rostov region, including Morozovsk and Belaya Kalitva, in the battles on the Kursk Bulge, in the liberation of the cities of Pyatikhatka, Kirovograd in 1943, in the Korsun-Shevchenko, Bugsko-Dniester and Yassko-Kishinev operations, including the liberation of the cities of Pervomaisk, Leovo, in the battles on the Magnushevsky bridgehead in 1944, in the Vistula-Oder, Pomeranian and Berlin operations, including the battles for the cities of Girardow, Lovich, Chernikau (Czarnkow, Poland), on the Seelow Heights and in Berlin in 1945. The 37th mechanized Brigade under the command of Colonel Khotimsky, during the Vistula-Oder operation, fought from the Vistula to the Oder, liberated over 300 settlements, inflicted significant damage to the enemy in manpower and military equipment. By the decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR dated April 6, 1945, Colonel Mikhail Vasilyevich Khotimsky was awarded the title of the Hero of the Soviet Union with the award of the Order of Lenin and the Gold Star Medal (No. 5771) for exemplary performance of combat missions of the command at the front of the struggle against the Nazi invaders and the courage and heroism shown at the same time. After the war, he continued to serve in the army. Since 1952, Colonel Khotimsky was in reserve.
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