MIL OSI Translation. Region: Russian Federation –
In the Moscow suburbs, the youth soldiers of the detachment named after Marshal of the Soviet Union Semyon Timoshenko took part in a requiem rally in memory of the Red Army soldiers of the chemical protection platoon who died in battles with the Nazi invaders near Moscow.
On November 26, 1941, a week after the tragic events known in history as the feat of 28 Panfilov’s soldiers, the Red Army soldiers of the chemical protection platoon of the 365th regiment of the 18th rifle division performed the same feat. Under the command of Nikolai Kulchitsky, 36 Soviet soldiers at the cost of their lives stopped the offensive of a Nazi tank column on the capital of our Motherland near the village of Efimonovo.
“We consider it our duty to the fallen, to the entire generation of victors, to make sure that such heroic pages of our past are not forgotten. Many Yunarmeys take part in the search for archival materials about certain events during the war. And we will not be an exception. We will, along with our senior comrades, look for materials that will allow us to learn in detail about the feat of the chemical protection platoon, which will ultimately allow us to present all the heroes who gave their lives for us to the well-deserved state award. Unfortunately, so far few such documents have been found, but we do not lose hope and we know for sure that we can, ”said the youth soldier Alexandra Uvarova.
At the Efimonov dugout, where the battle took place 80 years ago, representatives of the Russian Ministry of Defense, military personnel of the troops of radiation, chemical and biological protection, as well as representatives of the administration and the Council of Deputies of the Istra urban district gathered.
Among the guests of honor of the rally were Natalya Timoshenko, a relative of Marshal of the Soviet Union Semyon Timoshenko, as well as the granddaughter of Marshal of the Soviet Union Ivan Konev Elena Koneva.
The Yunarmeys honored the memory of the fallen defenders with a minute of silence and laid flowers at the foot of the dugout, as well as at the common grave of the heroes in the village of Buzharovo.
“A lot can be said about the heroism of the Red Army in 1941, the most difficult year for the country, but no words can convey all the gratitude and admiration for their dedication, their desire to stop the enemy at all costs, even at the cost of their own lives. Yes, they were following orders. But that there is an order without determination and the realization that it is here and now that the fate of the country you love is being decided, the fate of relatives and friends who remained in the rear or fell under the horror of the Nazi occupation. This awareness, which does not lend itself to any oral or written presentation, must be passed on to the younger generation so that they try to mentally feel the whole tragedy, the desire to win in spite of everything and everyone. Young Army members are learning this, they are ready to pass the skill on to their peers, which means that the memory of the feat of the Soviet people in the Great Patriotic War will never fade, “said Colonel Viktor Kaurov, First Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Youth Army movement.
Recall that then, in November 1941, after heavy fighting for Buzharovo, the 365th Rifle Regiment withdrew to the eastern coast of Istra. The withdrawal of the main regiment was covered by a chemical protection platoon of Nikolai Kulchitsky, who fortified on the outskirts of the village of Efimonovo. Of the weapons, the defenders had only rifles, grenades and “Molotov cocktails”, and 40 enemy tanks were on them. In that battle, the Germans lost 20 tanks, the platoon of Nikolai Kulchitsky – 33 people. The villagers hid the three surviving wounded soldiers.
A few years later, on the site of this battle, veterans of the 11th Guards Division (the former 18th division of the people’s militia) erected a monument – a concrete dugout, on which slabs with the names of the victims were fixed, and 36 birches were planted along the perimeter – according to the number of participants in the battle.
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