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The Guardsmen's Memorial in Dubosekovo

According to the sign on the commemorative plate of the monument, the Twenty-Eight Panfilov Guardsmen fighted to the bitter end and defeated fascists in the violant battle for Moscow during the Second World War in grim days of November 1941. The monument was reared in May 1975 and dedicated to the 30th anniversary of the Victory. It consists of six ten-metre-high figures, which symbolize the fighting men representing six different nationalities of the Panfilov Guardsmen. The sculptures are very impressive not only by their huge size, but also because they are located in an open field. Their faces are turned to the direction where German tanks were coming from. Moscow is behind them. The concrete strip in front of the sculptural group symbolizes a defensive line, which fascists didn't manage to pass. The central part consists of three fighting men taking an oath of faithfulness to the native land. The sculptures are made from grey granite.

In 1948 the official version of heroic deed of the Twenty-Eight Panfilov Guardsmen was carefully checked by General Military Procurator of the USSR and was considered a literary fiction by the contributors of the Soviet newspaper "Red Star". However, the fact of the severe defensive actions on November 16, 1941, near Volokolamsk are undoubted.

You can get there along Novorijsky highway to Volokolamsk, then you should turn to the left at the first junction (Jdanovsky Highway) and drive through the villages Jdanovo and Nelidovo. The other way is to take electric train from Rijsky Station to Dubosekovo Station and then go on foot a little bit.

Author of the article and photos: mareeva_irina

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