Colonel Mikhail Zayev Petrenko (Russian: Михаил Заев Петренко) is a 45 year old Colonel in Red Army and commander of the 46th Guards Artillery Regiment.
He and his batteries are stationed on the East bank of the Volga River during Russian counteroffensive to drive Germans out of Stalingrad. During September as the 13th Guards Rifle Division deployed another huge wave of troops numbering over 13.000 men into Stalingrad via rowboats, barges, and also steamboats. As the attacking unit and remnants of retreating 67th Guards Rifle Division units was pinned down and could not advance or even retreat at the base of the bluff, his unit was called upon by Major Zubov's subordinate to provide Artillery strikes upon defending Germans. His unit fired the shells massively, accurately, and then completely destroyed the German machine gunners on the bluffs and the blockade of tanks and infantry in Red Square. Thus, rooted out any German resistance and breached a large chunk in German's defenses.