DISKIN, CHAIM (c. 1923– ), Russian army doctor and Hero of the Soviet Union. Born in Korotkie, Bryansk district, rsfsr, Diskin was drafted into the Red Army in 1941 and served as an artillery gunner. In November 1942, in the battle of Moscow, wounded and cut off from his unit, he single-handedly destroyed seven German tanks. For this feat he was decorated as Hero of the Soviet Union. In 1947 he graduated from the Medical Military Academy and was later promoted from senior lecturer to head of department and professor. In October 1981 he received the rank of major-general in the Army Medical Corps. He retired from the army in July 1988.
F.D. Sverdlov, Yevrei Generaly vooruzhonnykh sil sssr (1993).
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