There he graduated with honors from high school, and then from the student's bench went to the front. He fought in the infantry as a soldier and sergeant - the squad leader, lieutenant - platoon commander, then became an employee of the divisional newspaper. Awarded with military orders and medals. Oleg Smirnov began writing as a student, publishing a few humoresques in Crocodile. In the war and postwar years he wrote poems, essays, humorous and satirical stories. And only having thoroughly mastered the pen, he allowed himself to take on serious psychological prose, the core of which is the problems of war and peace. The author of such works as "Echelon" (novel), "Inevitability" (novel), "Barchans" (story), "Seeing Cranes" (story), "Farewell" (novel), "Heavy Dawn" (film tale) and others .