Aleksandr Chekalin

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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Chekalin, Aleksandr Pavlovich


Born Mar. 25, 1925, in the village of Peskovatskoe, in what is now Suvorov Raion, Tula Oblast; died Nov. 6,1941, in the city of Likhvin (now Chekalin). Partisan in the Great Patriotic War of 1941–45. Hero of the Soviet Union (awarded posthumously Feb. 4,1942). Member of the Komsomol from 1939.

Chekalin was enrolled in a secondary school in Likhvin in 1938. He volunteered for a paramilitary fighting detachment in July 1941 and later joined the partisan detachment Peredovoi as a scout. Denounced by a traitor, he was seized by the fascists, tortured, and hanged. A monument was erected on Chekalin’s grave in 1958.


Ivanovskii, E. M., and V. A. Sokolov. Syn Rodiny: Povest’, 2nd ed. Tula, 1968.
Smirnov, V. I. Sasha Chekalin: Povest’. Moscow, 1972.
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