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«Afghan: Airborne Reconnaissance Units in Action»: the presentation of a book series by Valeriy Marchenko

On the 21st of November the Vitebsk Regional Library hosted the presentation of a semi-documentary three-books series «Afghan: Airborne Reconnaissance Units in Action» by Valeriy Marchenko, retired lieutenant-colonel, the Senior Specialist of the Chief Directorate of the Department for Ideological Work, Culture and Youth Affairs of the Vitebsk Oblast Executive Committee, and the member of the Public Association «The Union of Belarusian Writers».

Valeriy Marchenko, the author of the book series, is lieutenant-colonel in retirement, decorated with two Orders of the Red Star, the Order of the Red Banner (Afghanistan) and 19 medals. He was an Afghan veteran and took part in Soviet-Afghan War twice – in 1979-1981 and 1987-1989. He was the platoon commander of the 80th separate reconnaissance company of the 103rd guards airborne division, the company commander of the 350th guards parachute regiment, the commander of th3 3rd parachute battalion of the 317th guards parachute regiment, the commander of the separate military reservation «Shakhjoy» of the Soviet troops in Afghanistan.

During the presentation Valeriy Marchenko told what had inspired him to start writing about the war in Afghanistan, explained specifics of mountain warfare and shared his wartime experience.

The Chairman of the Regional Organization of the Public Association «The Belarusian Union of Afghanistan Veterans» Valeryan Mazkevich and the Chairman of the Regional Council of Veterans Gennadiy Egorov congratulated the author with the publication of his books. The First Secretary of the Regional Committee of the Communist Party of Belarus Alexander Dedinkin decorated Valeriy Marchenko with the «Loyalty» decoration – the highest decoration of the Communist Party of Belarus. The author presented several copies of his books «Afghan: Airborne Reconnaissance Units in Action» to the library. To learn more about the author, visit his electronic resource «The Site of Valeriy Marchenko».

 

  • Валерий Григорьевич Марченко
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    Валерий Григорьевич Марченко
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    Книги цикла «Афган: разведка ВДВ в действии»
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    Валерий Григорьевич Марченко
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    Валерьян Альбинович Мацкевич
  • Геннадий Михайлович Егоров
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    Геннадий Михайлович Егоров
  • Александр Леонидович Дединкин
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    Александр Леонидович Дединкин
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