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The Feat of Alexander Matrosov

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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!

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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

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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
 
Alexander Matrosov

Alexander Matrosov

In February 1943, the Red Army led an offensive operation against Germany’s Army Group North to liberate the ancient Russian city of Pskov. The 91st Separate Siberian Voluntary Brigade acted on this direction. On February 27, 1943, the brigade’s 2nd battalion was tasked with attacking a stronghold near the village of Chernushki in the Loknyansky district of the Pskov Region.

As soon as the Soviet soldiers reached the woodline, they came under heavy enemy machinegun fire – three enemy machineguns in emplacements covered access to the village. One machinegun was suppressed by an assault group of assault riflemen and armor riflemen. The second emplacement was destroyed by another group of armor personnel. But the machinegun from a third emplacement continued to fire the entire hollow in front of the village. Attempts to make it keep silent fell flat. Then Red Army soldier Alexander Matrosov crawled to the emplacement. He reached the embrasure from a flank and threw two grenades. The machinegun stopped firing. But as soon as the soldiers rose to attack the enemy, the machinegun went firing again. Then Matrosov covered the embrasure with his body. By taking his life he contributed to fulfilling the task of his unit and saved the lives of his comrades-in-arms.

Matrosov’s feat was used by a journalist who accidentally found himself near the unit for a patriotic article. Though Alexander Matrosov was not the first one who sacrificed himself, his name is used to glorify the heroism of Soviet soldiers. Later, over 300 people did such heroic deeds. The feat of Alexander Matrosov became the symbol of courage and military valor, fearlessness and love for the Motherland.

Streets of many Russian cities are named after Alexander Matrosov. Matrosov’s name was given to the 254th Guards Motorized Rifle Regiment.

 

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INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION OF NAZISM
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