Alexander Pavlovich Chekalin
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|Alexander Pavlovich Chekalin|
|Born||25 March 1925|
|Died||6 November 1941
Sixteen-year-old Shura Chekalin engaged in underground resistance activities in the region of Tula near Moscow. In the first days of November 1941, he took part in an ambush of German vehicles, destroying one vehicle with a hand-grenade. After becoming ill, Chekalin was bedridden, and his location was betrayed to the Germans by an unknown informant. When Germans approached to arrest him, he threw a hand grenade at them, but it failed to explode. He was brutally tortured, and hanged on November 6, 1941. His body was left hanging for twenty days, taken down only after the area had been retaken by the Red Army.
- (Russian) War Hero Alexander Chekalin