A dedication to a true Hero of the Russian Federation and the Soviet Union, Anatoly Lebed.
In the Soviet Armed Forces, he served successively in the Group of Soviet Forces in Germany, in the Trans-Baikal and Siberian military districts in the 329th Transport & Combat Helicopter Regiment and in the 337th Independent Helicopter Regiment
In 2003, while engaged in combat in the Ulus-Kert mountains, he stepped on a mine and lost a foot. He refused to resign from the Armed Forces, his superior physical fitness allowed him to remain in the service, to carry on parachuting (over 840 jumps) and to still do martial arts with the prosthesis.
On January 9, 2005 his patrol was ambushed, refusing to let his injured men be captured by the enemy, he single-handedly engaged and overcame an enemy superior in numbers.
In a subsequent battle on January 24, 2005, he was injured by multiple fragment wounds in the back while shielding his men from the blast of a rocket propelled grenade. Even wounded, he personally neutralised the enemy rocket and machine gun post then continued leading the patrol leading to the capture and destruction of a terrorist base.
"We took a Georgian special forces group consisting of 22 people without firing a single shot. They sort of, came quietly. And also five American Humvees."
"He always led from the front during combat operations, always displaying the epitome of personal courage itself"
Rest in peace Anatoly Vyacheslavovich Lebed