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Unsuccessful convoy Rp. 120.Ki


Even before the outbreak of World War II, Germany was greatly interested in the Russian North. When German troops invaded the territory of the Soviet Union, the Arctic became of special strategic interest to the Wehrmacht. Fights for the Arctic continued until April 1945.

Of great importance to the German command were sea communications in the Far North. Throughout the war, German convoys with soldiers (and the wounded too), ammunition, fuel, and food regularly went towards Kirkenes and back. For the German garrisons, this connection with the outside world was often the only one.

Soviet troops of the North fleet it was necessary to block the enemy’s transport artery at all costs. Among the group blows of the Soviet aviation the battles of the Northern Fleet aviation on May 25-26, 1944 turned out to be the most fierce for our troops on German convoys. It was these battles with the ships of the German convoy Rp.120.Ki that completed the series of frankly unsuccessful actions of the Northern Fleet Air Force against German communications.

The guest of the “Archival Revolution” with Mikhail Timin, historian Andrei Latkin, will tell about how events developed with the Rp.110.Ki convoy.


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  1. New Year day
    New Year day 10 January 2020 14: 25
    My father-in-law flew there in those years on IL-4; he didn’t like to remember, it painfully many of his comrades did not return from departure. The day before yesterday we sorted out old photos - everyone remained young on them
    1. 75 Sergey
      75 Sergey 10 January 2020 14: 39
      And my grandfather was there in the service of the airfield, I don’t remember my grandfather, because he died in 75, but his father said that he was familiar with many pilots and control.
  2. knn54
    knn54 10 January 2020 14: 36
    There is a wonderful film by Herman "Torpedo bombers".
    1. ma-monthly
      ma-monthly 10 January 2020 14: 53
      terrible childhood memories of him - it’s not worth it to watch a 7-year-old child.
    2. 75 Sergey
      75 Sergey 10 January 2020 17: 30
      The film is strong!
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 11 January 2020 05: 54
        True, true film, unvarnished.