The feat of the “Kremlin” cadets in the battle of Moscow

The feat of the “Kremlin” cadets in the battle of Moscow

В stories The Second World War, the battle of Moscow is considered the largest and most significant battle. It was here that the Wehrmacht troops for the first time suffered a serious defeat. It was here that Hitler’s plan for “lightning war” was completely failed.


A special place in the history of this battle is occupied by the feat of the “Kremlin” cadets in October - December 1941. For a long time, for several reasons, the hostilities of the combined cadet regiment of the Moscow command infantry school named after the Supreme Council of the RSFSR were hushed up, both in the media and in the historiography of the Second World War. Meanwhile, it was the “Kremlin” cadets, together with the cadets of other military schools, who, at the most tragic and critical moments of the battle near Moscow, tightly blocked the path of the enemy, tearing toward the capital.

What military forces were part of the combined regiment of the "Kremlin" cadets? Who took part in the formation of the unit, which took upon itself the most powerful blow of the enemy forces? In what positions was the regiment extended? When, where and how did the cadet regiment accept its first battle? What forces opposed the "Kremlin" cadets? Why Soviet and modern literature does not accurately reflect the feat of the consolidated regiment, and modern cinema is replete with a lot of glaring historical kinolapy?

The guest of the “Archival Revolution”, military historian Alexei Strukov, will answer these questions.

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  1. Lamata 14 February 2020 09: 01 New
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    Glory and eternal memory !!!
    1. Phil77 15 February 2020 16: 42 New
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      But you can’t say better!
  2. Mikhail3 14 February 2020 09: 04 New
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    For a long time, for several reasons, the hostilities of the combined cadet regiment of the Moscow command infantry school named after the Supreme Council of the RSFSR were hushed up, both in the media and in historiography
    Is it because the cadets of the Technical School participated in the battle? Who are supposed to die silently and without the slightest announcement ?. Nothing. In Russia, they each memorial bush, each field monument ...
    1. carstorm 11 14 February 2020 09: 36 New
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      everything is more banal. 815 lieutenants trained in the full program of the infantry school died heroically in one battle. plus the fact that for some reason they did not receive an order to move as close by and stayed with open flanks and were surrounded immediately.
      1. Mikhail3 14 February 2020 09: 43 New
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        Sorry, but this is nonsense. 815 dead. So what? At 41, several thousand people died in one battle, and this never served as a reason to keep secret. This is war. Whether they received an order or not, this cannot be established. It’s just not possible. People who wrote on the wall of the Brest Fortress “I am dying but do not give up” could ignore the order to retreat, since they had the highest fighting spirit, and there was no military experience at all. Surrounded by entire armies, which historians calmly write about.
        There was something that pressured the display of events. The cadets showed the greatest stamina and courage, so this was not a desire to hide something shameful on their part. Nothing extraordinary happened to them, so these are not miscalculations on the part of the command - even if the order didn’t come, what’s wrong with that? The messenger was killed. There was no wired connection. I repeat - war.
        No, something else is involved here ...
        1. carstorm 11 14 February 2020 09: 58 New
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          you do not understand) this is not speed training but complete. they received lieutenants a week before their end by order. the truth apparently did not know about it. these are not just losses, but critical given the terrible shortage of officers. why did Panfilov and Dovator leave and there are no infants? war, of course, everything is always not going according to plan and there are a lot of questions ... I remember I always tried to hit the road in Yaropolets and it didn’t work ...
          1. Mikhail3 14 February 2020 13: 08 New
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            I did understand something) For example, the fact that freshly baked lieutenants died then by the thousands. Eight hundred people? Think about nothing. The training of the junior officers was not just bad, it was catastrophic. But this is another issue, not at all the subject of discussion.
            The question is - why was it secret? That is what I wanted to discuss. And my conclusion is that the reasons you cited are untenable. For these reasons, they would not be secret.
            1. carstorm 11 14 February 2020 13: 28 New
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              not secret. there was no question of it. were hushed up. did not receive that share of attention that they deserved. about the fact that thousands died, we are talking about the same thing; you just ignore the nuances a bit. in one place, in one battle, 815 officers of the complete release of infantry formations died. roughly if you count the staff in the battalion of 36 officers in my opinion. consider for yourself, taking into account that these are lieutenants, how many formations and subunits could receive junior officers with good training and who were assigned instead. for the top leadership of the troops, believe me, this is a disaster on which it is better not to concentrate attention. here in conjunction with a bunch of questions why all the neighbors left and they weren’t completely, it can be assumed that, let’s say from above, it was so embarrassing to advertise these losses strongly. Of course, this is my opinion. everything can be even simpler or vice versa more complicated. but the fact of such losses of officers practically in one place in a short time cannot but attract attention.
              1. Mikhail3 14 February 2020 13: 37 New
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                For a long time, for a number of circumstances, the hostilities of the consolidated cadet regiment of the Moscow command infantry school named after the Supreme Council of the RSFSR were hushed up,
                What are the nuances? Direct charge of silence. Write about the "nuances", and write about them. In those battles, for example, thousands of machinists, assemblers, pickers, in general, tens of thousands of people of the country's industrial elite were killed, which is why in 42 all the aircraft and ground equipment, too, were monstrously of poor quality. It cost the army and the people a lot ...
                But if all these people, including the cadets, had not died in repelling the attack, then at 42 they would have had to fight in Siberia, with practically no chance. These losses were not the result of poor planning. To keep alive THESE, it was necessary to send TECH into battle. Whom? Those who could be sent into battle without harming the country simply did not exist.
                Everyone who could and who managed to send there went into battle. That is what it means, "We won by straining all our forces." ALL forces. Which only were. Yes, it made sense to distribute cadets to combat units. There was meaning, but no time. It was necessary to beat off a blow right now ...
                1. carstorm 11 14 February 2020 13: 44 New
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                  Do I deny it? I just suggested the reason why their death did not receive that share of attention. understand silence and secrecy are two different things. these losses were not secret at all. but just for some reason they tried specifically or indirectly to talk a little about it. this is why for some reason we are trying to understand.
                  1. Mikhail3 14 February 2020 13: 56 New
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                    Yes, that’s all you deny, and I don’t understand why. My first answer also states what you are wrong about. And I still did not understand why you are driving all this further. Bot, or what?
                    1. carstorm 11 14 February 2020 14: 13 New
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                      Once again, I’m talking about hypothetical reasons that little was said about this story. what kind of denial you saw there is only clear to you. the conversation was about a specific case of war and a feat quite concrete. what you have stated is your opinion there, but I said mine and I’ll probably finish it because you have already begun to pass on rudeness. No, I'm not a bot.
                2. antivirus 15 February 2020 12: 15 New
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                  You are right - exchanged the number of lieutenants for the number of times of transportation from the Far East - to build a railway train and now it’s slower than cats giving birth
                  the first in the delivery of 1900 the trans-Siberian bridges were supposedly wooden. they built the message of the 20th century and now the transport infrastructure is not developed (compare with Europe - there, from the 18th century and ancient Rome).
                  Who was that and left in the Mos region.
  3. Amateur 14 February 2020 09: 28 New
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    Eternal glory and memory to them!
    For a long time, for several reasons, the hostilities of the combined cadet regiment of the Moscow command infantry school named after the Supreme Council of the RSFSR were hushed up, both in the media and in the historiography of the Second World War

    And can you give examples of "silence"? Or infa "from the finger"?
    1. dvina71 14 February 2020 12: 23 New
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      Quote: Amateur
      And can you give examples of "silence"? Or infa "from the finger"?

      This is all a burp of the mid eighties. When the “hot facts” were concocted for the collapse of the union, the machine gun act ... even films were shot ... Who is really interested in now? Nobody writes about Podolsky cadets who crushed a column of Wehrmacht armored vehicles with cannons .. but about the terrible suffering of the guilty creatures abandoned by a bloody order to the front .. et please ..
  4. Ros 56 14 February 2020 12: 11 New
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    Eternal memory to the Heroes forever and ever. They did everything they could.
  5. Thunderbolt 14 February 2020 16: 08 New
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    When he served in the suburbs, it was precisely in the places of defense of cadets and in the defense bands of other units in this direction that we circled for 2 weeks along the high-altitude and lowlands, measured all sorts of work parameters of the equipment entrusted to us.
    I will never forget --- they drove along the highway in the tented Ural, September crying with rains flooded the earth with yellow gold leaves. I decided to relax a bit with comfort, having got over the radio station from the cab under the awning canopy, conveniently sitting among the iron drawers and tripods. I woke up the order to stop and transfer all our technical junk to a car that was already on its way and was coming to us, and to drown ourselves in our native part. Everyday affair, crawled to the side of the road, lit a cigarette. It was normal to wait until the vis-a-vis and I went straight on a hiking trip through a forest belt, there is an interesting hollow and again a small grove, followed by a completely accessible direction in the form of a well-fed primer and a meadow, a meadow, a Russian field .... Mass grave ... They probably say the right thing --- it must not be dead, it must be alive. on the highway, I returned a different person. They did the job and then drove along the road to Moscow, only tears came out of my eyes. At first I restrained myself, and then all the same flowed .... when the kindergarten stood on the zebra stopped by the pupils in order to continue the journey along the earth, through life. I looked at these funny guys and realized what kind of war, because no one considers such guys there and what kind of memory, because the next generation quickly forgets the lessons of the previous one. The predatory instinct of Gomo Sapienov, no matter what kind of thing he is dressed in, appears.
    P.S.Thank you my ancestors, my grandfather, his fellow soldiers and all that generation --- I sometimes feel sweet and sad at the thought ---- you fought as best you could, thanks to this our children are stomped on the ground. Life goes on and about it in all other articles on VO. And here only autumn, rain and German tanks. ...
  6. faterdom 14 February 2020 19: 22 New
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    Who knows - it seems to me that this moment was the thinnest thread of the Battle of Moscow, as shown in the beautiful film of the same name? That straw, which at the cost of the lives of these young, prepared to command semi-literate Red Army lieutenants broke the back of the Blitzkrieg camel.
    So, purely tactical - after them there were no troops in Moscow before this place! But the Nazis did not pass.
  7. bubalik 15 February 2020 12: 38 New
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    modern literature falsely reflect the feat
    ,,, I would also add that very little attention is paid to the participation of other schools during the war. About the battle for the Caucasus, for example.
    The cadets of the Tbilisi and Sukhumi military infantry schools, who, according to the then-commander of the Transcaucasian Military District, Army General I. Tyulenev, played a significant role in the defeat of the Nazi forces in the Caucasus.
    "One of the first to engage in battle and stop the advance of fascist troops towards the Black Sea coast of the Caucasus."
  8. IL-64 19 February 2020 00: 18 New
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    If someone goes along the Kaluga or Warsaw highway, then after the place of their confluence in front of the village of Kresty, you need to drive 12-13 km. 2 km after the village of Kamenka there will be a bridge over the river. Nara. In front of him are left and right gas stations. At this point, the border of the Moscow and Kaluga region. There is a corresponding shield. Stop there. Near this shield and on the opposite side of the road, in the depths, near the old bridge, there are obelisks to the boys from the Podolsk command schools, who accepted their first and last battle for most of them.
  9. IL-64 19 February 2020 00: 45 New
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    Forgot to add. Obelisks over the graves.