| The Hot War |
POD: November, 1950
|Type of Appearance:||Direct|
Oleg Gurevich (born after 1927) was a captain in the Soviet Red Army and Konstantin Morozov's company commander in Meiningen, East Germany. In the first week of January 1951, Gurevich alerted Morozov that it appeared that the U.S. would use atomic weapons against China, and that Joseph Stalin was prepared to retaliate if the U.S. did. When Morozov asked about the possibility of the U.S. using atomics against Soviet ground troops, Gurevich assured him that there would be support from the Red Air Force. Morozov could not quite hide his skepticism.
The fateful day came on 23 January 1951 when the U.S. dropped several atomic bombs in Manchuria, and Stalin ordered retaliatory attacks in Europe on 1 February. Stalin also ordered the Red Army west, to the border between Soviet zone and the American zone under the cover of darkness a few days after the European bombings, Guervich's company included. Gurevich was part of the Soviet invasion of West Germany, with Gurevich's company as part of the initial spearhead towards Fulda.
Somewhere between Frankenberg and Arnsberg, Sgt. Morozov's tank was destroyed. While the whole crew escaped, the driver, Misha Kasyanov, was wounded so Captain Gurevich arranged for a new driver along with a reconditioned T-54. After Morozov and his crew were squared away, they headed for regimental headquarters. They came across Gurevich who sent them on towards Arnsberg to help create a breakthrough.