Interesting facts about the Great Patriotic War
75 years have passed since the Great Patriotic War. Hundreds of books have been written about her and a huge number of documentaries and feature films have been shot. We decided to share with you some interesting facts about the Second World War.
On June 22, 1941, the Soviet pilot I. Ivanov decided on an air ram. This was the first military feat marked with the title of Hero of the Soviet Union
On December 17, 1942, not far from the village of Severkhne - Kumskoye, soldiers of the company of senior lieutenant Naumov defended a height of 1372 m with two anti-tank rifles. On the first day, they managed to repel three enemy tank and infantry attacks, and on the second, several more. During this time, 24 fighters neutralized 18 tanks and about a hundred infantrymen. As a result, Soviet brave men died, but went down in history as heroes.
Leonid Gaidai was drafted into the army in 1942 and first served in Mongolia, where he traveled around horses for the front. Once, a military commissar came to the unit for recruiting in the army. To the officer’s question: “Who is in the artillery?” - Gaidai replied: "I!" He also answered other questions: “Who is in the cavalry?”, “Into the fleet?”, “Into intelligence?”, Which caused discontent of the chief. “Yes, you wait, Gaidai,” said the commissar, “Let the whole list be announced.” Later, the director adapted this episode for the film "Operation" Y "and Shurik's other adventures."
For 10 years after Victory Day, the Soviet Union was formally at war with Germany. It turned out that, having accepted the surrender of the German command, the Soviet Union decided not to sign peace with Germany, and thereby remained at war with it. And only on January 25, 1955, the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR issued a decree "On ending the state of war between the Soviet Union and Germany," thereby legally formalizing the end of hostilities.
In World War II, 61 states with a population of 1.7 billion people participated. 110 million people were drafted into the army, 40 million more than in 1914-1918. In World War II, 50 million people died, 5 times more than in the first.
On August 9, 1942, in the besieged Leningrad, the 7th Leningrad Heroic Symphony of Shostakovich was first performed. Until this time, the Germans considered the city dead. In the Philharmonic, all the chandeliers were lit - despite the blockade, blows and bombing. During the performance of the Symphony, all the artillery forces of the city and the fleet fired continuously, suppressing the artillery of the enemy, not giving the opportunity to disturb and interfere.
In anticipation of the holiday of victory, I would like to recall the importance of preserving historical memory and respect for the events that took place. Despite the lack of global celebration this year, you can always call your family and friends or friends who took part in the great Patriotic war to show your respect and thank you for your attention in this difficult time.