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BATTLE OF THE DNIPER, Fall 1943A TOTAL OF 2,438 SOLDIERS WERE AWARDED THE TITLE OF HERO OF THE SOVIET UNION FOR FORCING THE DNIEPER CROSSING – THE ONLY SUCH MASSIVE AWARD CEREMONY FOR ONE OPERATION IN THE WHOLE HISTORY

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
 

Georgy Zhukov, Marshal of the Soviet Union

Georgy Zhukov, Marshal of the Soviet Union: “The troops that forced the Dnieper displayed the greatest insistence, bravery and courage. As a rule, after approaching a river, they moved forward at once, without waiting for military hardware to build bridges. The units crossed the Dnieper by any means - wooden rafts, makeshift ferries, fishing boats and motorboats, using anything they could find. The opposite bank also saw fierce fighting for bridgeheads. Having no time to take hold, the troops engaged in fighting the enemy who tried to throw them back into the river at any cost...”

Soviet soldiers prepare rafts and boats to cross the Dnieper

Soviet soldiers prepare rafts and boats to cross the Dnieper

Any accessible means were used for crossing

Any accessible means were used for crossing

Retention of bridgeheads on the Dnieper’s west bank

Retention of bridgeheads on the Dnieper’s west bank

As a result of a four-month offensive operation, the left bank of the Dnieper was liberated by the Red Army from German occupants. During the operation, considerable forces of the Red Army forced the river, created several bridgeheads on the western bank, as well as liberated the city of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine.

The Dnieper is Europe’s third largest river after the Volga and the Danube. In the lower reaches, the river’s width can reach 3 kilometers. The right (west) bank is much higher and steeper than the left bank, which considerably complicated the crossing.

In addition, the opposite bank was turned by German Army soldiers into a huge complex of barriers and fortification facilities – “the Eastern Wall.”

The forcing of the Dnieper is the most vivid example of Soviet troops’ heroism. Using the slightest opportunity, soldiers crossed the river on any water craft and, under most fierce fire of German troops, sustained heavy losses.

The Soviet troops created new fortifications on regained bridgeheads, digging into the ground from enemy fire and covering with fire the approach of new forces.

At the end of 1943, the Chinese Army successfully repelled one of the “rice attacks” by the Japanese in the Hunan Province, emerging victorious in the Battle of Changde.

 

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