Baltic customs officers took part in military-historical reconstruction “January thunder”

It was attended by over 700 people from 50 cities of Russia, CIS and Baltic countries, also took 30 units of the historical vehicles – tanks, armored vehicles, trucks, cars and motorcycles.

Baltic customs officers (members of the Youth Council and veterans) took part in a large-scale military-historical reconstruction “January thunder” held on January 26, 2020, in the Lomonosov district of the Leningrad region, on the eve of the 76th anniversary of the complete liberation of Leningrad from the enemy blockade, in the framework of the IX international military historical festival “In the band breakthrough.”

The most important military operation “January thunder” made an enormous contribution to the defeat of the enemy. Here, in the Lomonosov district, the Soviet troops began the offensive, culminating in a full lifting of the blockade of Leningrad. Reconstruction gave the opportunity to see firsthand how they fought our soldiers, and feel the full force of the confrontation of the war.

According to the organizers, this year, reconstruction began with the offensive of the 2nd Shock army in the village Nut. On the left 30 units of the historical vehicles – tanks, armored vehicles, trucks, cars and motorcycles, and in duel met 15 artillery of the opposing sides.

Centre of operations, became the historical bridge. During the war he survived thanks to the heroism of four Soviet spies, and it went in the breakthrough of Soviet tanks. A small but strategically important bridge joined the two units of the red army.

In 1944, the battle lasted 16 days, in 2020 – little more than an hour. Powerful artillery fire, tank battle and more than three hundred explosions.

Also introduced an interactive military-Patriotic exhibition, which was represented by a military field camps of both armies, more than 25 exhibition venues: the exhibition of the soldier’s life, the position of the mooring and maintenance of military equipment, the exhibition of authentic equipment and devices for intelligence and communication, the interactive exhibition on the work of the field hospitals. In addition, members of historical clubs told the visitors about the exploits of Soviet scouts and signallers, machine gunners, artillerymen, gunners.

The event was held with support of Committee on youth policy of the Leningrad region.

Reference: Offensive operation “January thunder” (Krasnoselsky-Ropshinskaya operation, or “Neva-2”) of the Leningrad front Soviet troops took place in January 1944 against the 18-th German army besieged Leningrad. As a result of the operation, the troops of the Leningrad front destroyed enemy troops and drove the enemy at a distance of 60-100 km from the city, liberated Krasnoye Selo, Ropsha, Krasnogvardeysk, Pushkin, Slutsk, and in cooperation with the troops of the Volkhov front completely liberated Leningrad from the enemy blockade.

The siege of Leningrad, which lasted 872 days, claimed the lives of hundreds of thousands of residents. The exact number of casualties historians can’t call still call the data from 500 thousand to 1.5 million people. The battle for Leningrad entered into the history as one of the longest and bloodiest battles of the Second world war. In the autumn of 1941 was made five attempts to break the blockade, but successful was only the sixth operation “Iskra” in January 1943. Fully lift the blockade of the Soviet army was only a year later, on 27 January 1944, this day is celebrated annually in St. Petersburg as “Leningrad Victory Day”.

Alina Schmidt,
press Secretary of the Baltic customs