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Raseiniai tank in the early days of the war


When the beginning of the Great Patriotic War is discussed, they usually recall the Nazi bombing of Soviet military airfields, cities and the first battles in the Brest Fortress. However, as is well known, Nazi Germany organized an offensive on a huge front from the Black Sea to the northern latitudes, and therefore we must not forget about the other battles that took place in the first weeks of the Second World War.

One of these battles turned out to be quite protracted, even causing some confusion in the enemy camp. These are battles in the Šiauliai region, which in historiography is commonly called the Raseiniai battle during the Baltic strategic defensive operation.

They lasted from June 23 to June 25, 1941. The Germans for a long time remembered the counterattacks of the 3rd and 12th mechanized corps, when Tanks KV-1 pretty spoiled the Nazis victorious mood.

Despite the fact that the main task of deterring the enemy’s forces was not fulfilled by the Red Army, nevertheless, it was already then understood that with the skillful organization and use of suitable military equipment, the enemy’s order could be pretty shabby even with very limited forces.

KV-1 tanks, which participated in the June battles in the Baltic states, are called by some historians today Raseiniai - by the name of the very town where the battle took place.

Dmitry Puchkov’s channel presents the story of Maxim Kolomiyets about the same “Raseiniai” tank, which already in the first days of the war made a strong impression on the enemy.


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  1. svp67
    svp67 17 May 2020 05: 53
    A very interesting and informative program. Thanks to Maxim Kolomiets and his friends, who remove the "forgetting of history" from the names and surnames of the heroes of the first days of the Great Patriotic War
  2. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 17 May 2020 06: 44
    I read about this fight as a child. Unfortunately, then I realized that, alas, these cases were isolated. Especially at the beginning of the war ....
    But let's not talk about mistakes. Everyone imagines himself a strategist seeing a battle from the side ...
    The feat was! Honor and glory to the people who survived, who won!
  3. Ros 56
    Ros 56 17 May 2020 07: 04
    Raseiniai tank in the early days of the war

    Moderators, what kind of swine and disrespectful attitude to the name of our military equipment, who are you working for, whose mill are you pouring water on?
    1. carstorm 11
      carstorm 11 17 May 2020 07: 14
      Do not do like this. this is a normal expression. Raseiniai KV is an old and famous name. Raseynaya is the name of a small town in Lithuania. Read not only the table of contents. In German sources it is known as the "Raseiniai Tank Battle
      1. meandr51
        meandr51 17 May 2020 16: 00
        It is necessary to consider modern perception.
    2. Free wind
      Free wind 17 May 2020 08: 00
      Can you learn history and geography?
      1. carstorm 11
        carstorm 11 17 May 2020 08: 03
        what are you talking about? the message is not understood.
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  4. carstorm 11
    carstorm 11 17 May 2020 07: 26
    According to German documents, KV cut the road to the Routh group at about 14.00 p.m. on June 24, and was destroyed at about 11.00 a.m. on June 25. Thus, several thousand German soldiers spent almost a day fighting a single tank. At the same time, the remains of the KV crew were reburied at the Raseiniai military cemetery. The grave of the tankmen has been preserved and now, in the same cemetery is a symbolic burial of E.N. Solyankina.
  5. carstorm 11
    carstorm 11 17 May 2020 07: 28
    Raseiniai KV "at the battlefield.

    The documents of the 6th tank division of the Wehrmacht contain a report stating that on the night of June 25, 1941, 88 mm shells for anti-aircraft guns were delivered to the airfield near Raseinaya. They were intended specifically for firing at the "Raseiniai KV". Attempts to destroy the HF by the forces of the Routh group tanks also failed - there were swamps to the right and left of the road, and fighting vehicles simply got stuck. In the evening, a group of sappers was formed under the command of Lieutenant Gephard, who laid charges under the tank, but this did not produce results. On the morning of June 25, 1941 in the morning, the Germans launched an attack with their Pz.35 (t) tanks, and while the KV crew was distracted by this, deployed two 88-mm anti-aircraft guns. The guns opened fire, and only from the 13th shot could they hit the HF, whose crew was killed. The Germans drove residents from the city, who buried the dead, while one of the officers told his soldiers: "You must fight like these Russian tankers."
    1. knn54
      knn54 17 May 2020 08: 23
      -Dmitry: “You have to fight like these Russian tankers.”
      I think that many Germans, faced with the numerous feats of Soviet soldiers, began to understand that they should forget about the promised "easy walk".
  6. Free wind
    Free wind 17 May 2020 09: 29
    Many of our warriors, due to incomprehensible secrecy, had no idea what maps were. There was so much, it’s not clear to me. The seven-cards are almost pre-revolutionary, they were kept secret until the 90s. The commanders often did not know the terrain of the mouth, not to mention the location of their own minefields. The Germans had maps right up to the Urals. We got from the hauliers of the hauliers. As a result, fighters and tanks wandered around the rear of the Nazis. To this tank and a platoon of soldiers. Heroes are our warriors, eternal memory.
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  8. colotun
    colotun 17 May 2020 15: 35
    Glory to the heroes !!!