But it wasn't only at the Leningrad front that the "Ladoga Tender" excelled.
From early 1943 on, they played a significant role at all major and minor landing operations,
be it in the Baltic Sea (Vyborg) , the Black Sea (Myskhako - "Malaya Zemlya" - Small Land,
Kerch-Eltigen and Odessa) or during the large river and lake crossings (Dnepr, Vistula, Lake Peipus).
The "Ladoga Tender" became a legend and more than once earned his nickname "Comrade Tender".
They had almost reached the shore when hell broke out in the form of German bombers, torpedo boats
and heavy artillery fire.
Riza was soon hit and Brezhnev thrown overboard deep into the cold sea.
But he was lucky as the crew of Ladoga Tender No.9, having cut the rope to Riza, spotted him and pulled him aboard.
What the crew couldn't know at that moment was that they just had saved the life of the future General Secretary of the USSR.