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Heroes of the Panfilov Division

Officials

Vladimir PUTIN, President of the Russian Federation,
"We never divided the victory into ours and someone else's"
Sergey Shoigu, Russian Defense Minister,
Eyes to the Victory!

History and Modernity

Valery IVANOV,
Revival of Nazism in Europe
Valery ASRIYAN,
Battle of monuments: Combating war memories
Valery Moshev,
A story of turncoats. Traitors that became heroes.
WORLD CELEBRATES VICTORY
Viktor Shestakov,
Sevastopol: the Sacred Symbol of Russia

Great Patriotic War

THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR, 1941 - 1945
BATTLE OF MOSCOW, December 1941
Vladimir Shepel, Director of Archive Of the Kazakh President,
Kazakhstan’s arsenal for the frontline
STALINGRAD, November 1942
BATTLE OF KURSK, July 1943
BATTLE OF THE DNIPER, Fall 1943
«OPERATION BAGRATION», Summer 1944
The Sons of the Transcaucasus on the Fronts of the Great Patriotic War
TAJIKISTAN'S FORGE OF VICTORY
MANAS DESCENDANTS IN THE BATTLE AGAINST NAZISM
ULUGBEK'S SUCCESSORS IN THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR
TURKMEN WARRIORS IN THE BOOK OF PEOPLE
Tatiana Kunina,
Deadly Fight for Pushkin
BLOCKADE OF LENINGRAD, September 1941 - January 1944
LIBERATION OF EUROPE, 1944 - 1945
THE BATTLE OF BERLIN, Spring 1945
RESCUE OF PRAGUE, May 1945
Vladimir Gall,
Spandau Fortress Gave in without Struggle…
VICTORY PARADE IN MOSCOW, June 24, 1945
LIBERATION OF MANCHURIA, August 1945
ORDER OF VICTORY
VICTORY WEAPONS
 
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In November 1941, German forces closely approached Moscow, and Red Army troops were struggling to defend the capital from the enemy exceeding them in number.

The 316th Rifle Division led by General Ivan Panfilov was defending Moscow in the Volokolamsk direction northwest of the capital where the enemy was expected to deliver its main offensive. The Nazi armor, including 350 tanks, began advancing on November 16, 1941. Near the village of Dubosekovo, 28 of Panfilov’s soldiers of the 4th company of the 2nd battalion of the 1,075th regiment, led by Vasily Klochkov, withstood the offensive of Nazi tanks and infantry for four hours. They repelled a few assaults and destroyed 18 tanks.

Only two of Panfilov’s soldiers survived the offensive that night. The battle near Dubosekovo went down in history as the exploit of 28 Panfilov soldiers who were nicknamed Panfilovtsy and proclaimed Heroes of the Soviet Union in 1942, most of them posthumously.

The 316th Rifle Division later distinguished itself on other fronts, too. On November 17, 1941, it received the Red Banner Order and was renamed into the 8th Guards Rifle Division, with hundreds of its guards richly awarded and decorated.

On November 19, the leader of the division, Ivan Panfilov, was killed in action.

After their offensive northwest of Moscow, the Nazis turned to the north to attack the capital from the Solnechnogorsk area but were repelled by a broad offensive that the Red Army launched on December 1, 1941.

 

Heroic Pages

Brest Fortress Defenders
Heroes of the Panfilov Division
The medal of the Hero of the Soviet Union
Defense of Sevastopol
The Feat of Alexander Matrosov
12 Soviet Hero cities

Allied Effort

THE FIRST VICTIMS OF WAR
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS
14 GREAT VICTORIES
ALLIED ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT
WWII ALLIES
ALLIES IN IRAN, 1941 – 1945
RESISTANCE MOVEMENT
THE NORMANDIE-NIEMEN AIR REGIMENT
BROTHERHOOD OF ARMS
Victory in Afghanistan
COALITION THAT UNITED THE WORLD
ELBE DAY
PACIFIC VICTORY
Zhu De, Marshal “Red Virtue”
INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION OF NAZISM
RUSSIA REMEMBERS AND MOURNS: THE PRICE OF VICTORY