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“Vikkru” finds out new details of the fighting of 1941 Mogilev region

“Vikkru” found out new details of the fighting of 1941 Mogilev region. The information is provided by Nikolai Borisenko, chairman of “Vikkru” organization.

According to hi, the members of the searching club “Vikkru” had an efficient work in the Central archives of the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation. For 10 days they studied battle documents of the Red Army units and formations that fought in Mogilev region in July-August 1941. “Vikkru”madephotocopiesof the most interesting archive documents of science and museum importance. The achieve work has resulted in 600 new names that will enter the list of Mogilev’s defenders.

The “Vikkru” members found out the names of the first graduation of Mogilev infantry school. 795 young lieutenants graduated the school a week before the war – June 16 1941. Almost all of them died while fighting for the Western special okrug. There is much to be done to immortalize their names and to install a memorial plaque on one of the former infantry school’s buildings.

The archive documents helped to define a hard retreat of the 121 rifle division in July 1941.  The division included soldiers and officers born in Mogilev region. Most of them died and their burial placesare still unknown. The results of the archive search will be directed to the commissariats of Starodorozhsky, Osipovichi, Bobruisk and Glussk districts.

Nikolai Borisenko says that today searchers have got battle documents of the 32 and 47 cavalry divisions that fought in Osipovichi and Glussk districts.

The documents will be used to restore a real picture of cavalrymen’sbattles at the beginning of the war during the raid Gorodovikov-Batskalevich of the enemies’ rear services.

Some archive materials will be published in “Mogilevskypoiskovyvestnik” and used in museum expositions.

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