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THE NORMANDIE-NIEMEN AIR REGIMENTThe U.S.S.R. and France established a joint combat unit

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
 
Captain P.I. Druzenkov explains the combat task to La France  Combattante pilots (Normandie-Niemen squadron)

Captain P.I. Druzenkov explains the combat task to La France Combattante pilots (Normandie-Niemen squadron)

A group of Normandie aces develop a flight plan

A group of Normandie aces develop a flight plan

French pilots talk to a Soviet officer during leisure time

French pilots talk to a Soviet officer during leisure time

Squadron commander Jean-Louis Tulasne and Albert Durand  near a Yak-1

Squadron commander Jean-Louis Tulasne and Albert Durand near a Yak-1

In March 1942, the French national liberation movement La France Combattante (Fighting France) suggested to the Soviet authorities that a group of French pilots and aviation mechanics take part in warfare against Germany.
On November 25, 1942, a Soviet-French agreement was signed on forming a French aviation squadron in the U.S.S.R. The squadron was formed on December 4 in Ivanovo near Moscow. The squadron was given the name Normandie in line with the personnel’s wishes.

The squadron’s personnel consisted of 72 French volunteers (14 pilots and 58 air mechanics) and 17 Soviet air mechanics. The squadron was equipped with Yak-1, Yak-9 and Yak-3 fighters. On March 22, 1943, the squadron headed to the front after training.

The squadron adopted the Province of Normandy’s coat of arms – a red square with two golden lions. Later it expanded in size and became the Normandie-Niemen regiment made up of three squadrons. They bore the names of three Normandian cities: Rouen, Le Havre and Cherbourg.

During the warfare on the Soviet-German front during WWII, the regiment’s pilots made 5,240 combat sorties, held some 900 air combats and secured 273 confirmed victories.

 

 

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