MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
A memorial complex dedicated to the ski landing was opened in the Leningrad Region. Here, in the area of the village of Sinyavino near the former village of Lipki, in November 1941, one of the first attempts to break the blockade of Leningrad was made. One of the episodes of this attempt was the landing of a Soviet tactical landing near Shlisselburg, which became known as the Shlisselburg landing.
The operation was carried out by soldiers of the Leningrad militia, marines skiers, hydrographers of the Baltic Fleet, members of the Military Council of the Leningrad Front.
Major Vasily Margelov, the future legendary commander of the Airborne Forces, at that time the commander of the 1st special separate ski regiment of coastal defense sailors of the Red Banner Baltic Fleet, was among those who crossed Ladoga and stormed the German positions on skis with a throw of 20 km across the ice and stormed the German positions.
Almost the entire command staff of the regiment was killed during the breakthrough of the enemy’s defenses, the commander of the regiment himself was wounded. In total, in that battle, out of more than 900 people who participated in the Shlisselburg landing, 202 fighters returned healthy, 47 wounded. 50 were missing.
Before the opening of the memorial complex in memory of the heroes of the ski landing, an event was held, in which took part: Deputy Commander of the Airborne Forces (Airborne Forces) for military-political work, Major General Viktor Kupchishin, representative of the Federation Council from the Leningrad Region Dmitry Vasilenko, representatives of the Leningrad regions, veterans of the Great Patriotic War, paratroopers of the Pskov Guards Airborne Assault Formation.
Speaking at a memorable rally, the deputy commander of the Airborne Forces for military-political work noted that one of the pages of the siege history of Leningrad was the operation carried out by the command of the Leningrad Front at the end of November 1941 on Lake Ladoga, which entered the historical annals of the Great Patriotic War as the Shlisselburg landing, the goal which was a breakthrough of the enemy’s defense by attacking German positions from the north, from the ice of Ladoga from Shlisselburg to the village of Lipki.
“For many years, little was known to the general public about this feat of the Marines. Being already the commander of the Airborne Forces, Vasily Filippovich Margelov carried out a lot of work to perpetuate the memory of the heroes of the Shlisselburg landing “- said in his speech the deputy commander of the Airborne Forces.
“Today our responsibility is to preserve the memory of this feat and pass it on to future descendants! We bow our heads before the memory and feat of our ancestors who defended the freedom and independence of our Motherland, we will always remember and be proud of our history, the history of our great people – the people of the winner, ”stressed Major General Viktor Kupchishin.
In conclusion of his speech, on behalf of the command, the Military Council, veterans of the Airborne Forces and personally the commander of the Airborne Forces, Hero of Russia, Colonel-General Andrei Serdyukov, the deputy commander of the troops expressed his sincere gratitude to the organizers and creators of this memorial, dedicated to the feat of the participants of the Shlisselburg landing.
At the end of the event, the commemorative sign was illuminated by a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church, flowers were laid and a company of honor guards marched through the St. Petersburg garrison.
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