The 284th Rifle Division began service as a standard Red Army rifle division shortly after the German invasion. Moved to the front soon after, it helped defend the Soviet lines west of the Ukrainian capital for more than a month, but was then destroyed in the encirclement of Kiev. A new division …
Prewar photo of Col. N. F. Batyuk
Col. N.F. Batyuk (holding the phone) in his headquarters with members of his staff
Lt. Gen. V.I. Chuikov (left), commander of 62nd Army, and Lt. Gen. K.A. Gurov, army commissar, examine Sgt. V.G. Zaitsev's sniper rifle.
Lt. Gen. V.I. Chuikov and Col. N.F. Batyuk observe the battlefield, December, 1942