MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In Chita, at the Memorial “To the Transbaikalian Warriors Who Died and Died of Wounds in the Battles on the Khalkhin-Gol River in 1939”, a solemn ceremony was held to unveil the busts-monuments to the heroes of the Soviet Union – Grigory Stern and Yakov Smushkevich.
Monuments to the Heroes were erected at the initiative of the regional branch of the Russian Military Historical Society.
The ceremonial opening was attended by servicemen of the combined arms army of the Eastern Military District (VVO) stationed in the Trans-Baikal Territory, as well as youth soldiers of the Patriots of Transbaikalia detachment of the regional branch of the youth patriotic movement, representatives of the city authorities, the administration of the Trans-Baikal Territory and residents of Chita.
At the end of the solemn meeting, red carnations were laid to the busts of Grigory Stern and Yakov Smushkevich as symbols of memory and respect for the heroes’ feat.
Earlier, Russia launched a program to create memorials in honor of unjustly forgotten military leaders.
Grigory Stern in 1939 took part in the battle on the Khalkhin-Gol River. He headed the front-line administration, which coordinated the actions of the Red Army in the Far East and in the Mongolian People’s Revolutionary Army.
Yakov Smushkevich commanded the 1st Army Group of the USSR Air Force. In the course of fierce air battles, Soviet aviation defeated Japanese aviation and occupied the dominant height.
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