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The remains of 68 paratroopers of the 4th Airborne Corps (VDK) who died in the Vyazemsk airborne operation in 1942 were today reburied by servicemen of the Airborne Forces at the Barsuki memorial complex in the Mosalsky district of the Kaluga region.
The commemorative event took place as part of the final stage of the Kaluga Frontier-2021 Memory Watch, dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the Vyazemsk Airborne Operation, which will be celebrated in 2022.
The event was attended by the Commander of the Airborne Forces, Hero of Russia, Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov, Governor of the Kaluga Region Vladislav Shapsha, Archbishop of Pesochinsky and Yukhnovsky, Vladyka Maximilian, search engines of the Kaluga association “Memory”, veterans of the Great Patriotic War and the Airborne Forces, soldiers Tula Guards Airborne Formation, cadets and youth soldiers.
Speaking at the ceremony of reburial of the remains of the paratroopers, the Commander of the Airborne Forces noted: “January 2022 marks 80 years since the beginning of the Vyazemsk airborne operation. This is one of the largest airborne operations carried out during the Great Patriotic War. In total, 7373 paratroopers of 1525 parachute soft bags with various cargoes were thrown out in the area south-west of Vyazma. Despite the difficulties, and the operation, designed for several days, dragged on for almost five months. During the period of heavy fighting for Moscow, the paratroopers managed to pull over and pin down in the Vyazma and Yukhnov area a significant part of the four German army corps of Army Group Center, thereby limiting the Germans’ ability to deliver counterstrikes against the advancing units. During this time, the paratroopers destroyed about 15 thousand enemy soldiers and officers, liberated about 200 settlements from the invaders. “
“One of the landmark military-patriotic events dedicated to this memorable date was the Kaluga Frontier-2021 Memorial Watch held in September-October this year, which was held by the Airborne Forces together with the Kaluga regional organization of search and patriotic associations“ Memory ”. Thanks to painstaking work, the remains of 68 paratroopers of the 4th Airborne Forces were found here in the Mosalsky district near the settlements of Klyuchi and Pesochnya. Today these soldiers will find their peace and will be buried next to other heroes of the Great Patriotic War.
As Alexander Vasilyevich Suvorov said – “Until the last dead soldier is buried, the war is not over.” We will continue to work together so that the soldiers and officers who gave the most precious thing they had – their lives for their Motherland – would not remain lying in nameless graves, but would find their last peace in military graves, where their descendants could bow their heads in front of the memory of their ancestors! ” – emphasized Colonel-General Andrey Serdyukov.
During the search work in September-October this year, 8 medallions were found. According to one of them, it was possible to establish the identity of the deceased paratrooper. It turned out to be Viktor Dmitrievich Kudalev, born in 1922, a native of the Vladimir region, who served in the 214th Airborne Brigade. His relatives, who live in the Vladimir region, were also identified and found. The remains of a paratrooper soldier will be reburied in his small homeland.
Every year, search engines from the Kaluga, Moscow and Bryansk regions take part in the Kaluga Frontier Memorial Watch, which has been held since 1982.
This year, search work was carried out in the places of the landing of the airborne assault carried out in 1942 and the conduct of battles by the military units of the 4th Airborne Corps, as part of the Vyazemsk airborne operation, when more than 7 thousand a person with supplies of materiel.
The paratroopers of the Tula Guards airborne unit took an active part in the Watch of Memory this year, including the personnel and equipment of the Guards parachute regiments from Tula and Ryazan, sappers of a separate Guards engineer battalion of the unit, as well as companies of radiation, chemical and biological protection …
During the Kaluga Frontier-2021 Memory Watch, Tula paratroopers, using engineering and airborne equipment, discovered unexploded ordnance, after which they took them to a nearby training ground and destroyed, and also assisted in lifting the remains of the fallen heroes from the ground.
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