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|Born||20 February 1903|
Khotino, Russian Empire
|Died||19 December 1941 (aged 38)|
near Palashkino, Ruzsky District, Moscow Oblast, Soviet Union
|Years of service||1924–1941|
|Commands held||3rd Cavalry Corps|
2nd Guards Cavalry Corps
|Battles/wars||World War II|
|Awards||Hero of the Soviet Union|
Lev Mikhaylovich Dovator (February 20, 1903 - December 19, 1941) was a Soviet major-general who was killed in action during World War II and posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.
At the start of the German invasion of the Soviet Union, he was posted as Chief of Staff of the Red Army's 36th Cavalry Division. He soon became the commander of a cavalry group, and in August–September 1941 this cavalry group executed the most daring raid through the rear areas of the German army in the area of Smolensk. On 11 September 1941 he was promoted to Major General for this action.
He was killed in an offensive action on 19 December 1941 near the outskirts of Ruza. He was reportedly cut down by machine-gun fire while crawling towards a forward position to get a better look near the village of Palashkino.
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- Biography of Major-General Lev Mikhailovich Dovator at www.generals.dk
- Lev Dovator at Find a Grave