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About the Soviet-Finnish battles at Kemijärvi and the beginning of the combat path of Vasily Margelov


December 1939 - the beginning of the battles, which in the historiography of the Soviet-Finnish war are called Kemijarvi. This designation appeared at the place of the battles. And it was near the Finnish city of Kemijärvi, where the 122nd Infantry Division of the Red Army operated with the units attached to it.

The legendary uncle of Vasya, Vasily Filippovich Margelov, took part in the battles of Kemijärvi in ​​the future. At that time, he was in the position of the commander of the Separate reconnaissance (ski) battalion, which was part of the aforementioned 122 division. The division was stationed in Brest, and by November 1939 it was directed to the Finnish borders.

During the operation at Kemijärvi, Vasily Margelov managed to capture a representative of the General Staff of the Swedish troops, which made it possible to obtain information that was most important for the Soviet troops.

In fact, for Vasily Margelov as a battalion commander in December 1939, a real baptism of fire took place.

Military historian Oleg Kiselev tells about how the battles took place in northern Finland, about the participation of the future commander of the USSR Airborne Forces in the plot of the "Archival Revolution" on the Tactic Media channel:

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  1. Ragnar Lodbrok
    Ragnar Lodbrok 4 October 2020 10: 30
    “What a lump, what a hardened human being!” Legend !!!
    I don’t know if it’s true or a story, I remembered what they said in the 1970s they were filming a film about the paratroopers "Blue Lightning". The director with a film crew came to the training ground to watch how the airborne troops are training. Naturally, the creator of the picture did not miss the opportunity to consult with Vasily Filippovich, who was present there. The commander said: “You show me the paratrooper in the film so that any woman on the street would give him!” After these words, one of the ladies who were part of the film crew, who was not used to such directness, fainted)))
  2. Asad
    Asad 4 October 2020 10: 40
    I first heard about Uncle Vasya when I was returning home from service with demobels. They said a lot, it was clear that they were respected and proud! It was in 1984, I hope so now!
    1. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 4 October 2020 11: 33
      Quote: ASAD
      I first heard about Uncle Vasya when I was returning home from service with demobels. They said a lot, it was clear that they were respected and proud! It was in 1984, I hope so now!

      And I heard even before the service: the older guys came to the demobilization and also told a lot.
      I don’t know a bike, or not a bike, but I heard from more than one person that when Uncle Vasya threw the cigarette butt of "Belomor" there they almost fought for him. It was considered the best trophy of the entire service.
      And they translated the Airborne Forces as "Uncle Vasya's Troops"
  3. Pavel57
    Pavel57 4 October 2020 10: 43
    What happened to the captured Swede?
    1. Lipchanin
      Lipchanin 4 October 2020 11: 28
      Quote: Pavel57
      What happened to the captured Swede?

      250 vodka rolled and let go home
      1. Aerodrome
        Aerodrome 4 October 2020 15: 29
        five comments about the Legendary Man in a day. And then, about cigarette butts and 250 grams .. sad. Where is Desantura? I first met the landing party at the airfield where I served, they "captured" our airfield, I don't know what genius came to mind, but on that day, a squally wind broke quite a few fighters, dragged them to the masts at takeoff and radar cars flew in ... everything was like in a bad dream. helped them as best they could, it was scary to look at the flaps of skin hanging from hands and faces, after rolling on the concrete, one thing was surprising - you ask: "are you like a bro?" in response, "normal"., while "foam" bullets, had time to shoot in all directions. "capture" the same! I don’t know for what reason (more likely because of the same weather) the troops were not taken back, they just spent the night ... they laid out peat briquettes, of which the car was dumped, and, hiding what it was, they slept. and it was November 1981. Germany, similar to St. Petersburg weather, drizzle, wind. and they were conscripts, there were no "konrabass" then. that's when I started to respect the Airborne Forces. and you "fountains" say ... but let them swim somewhere. soldier
  4. ZEMCH
    ZEMCH 5 October 2020 01: 13
    For the Pristina operation, many thanks to the Airborne Forces, this operation showed the whole world that Russia is pursuing an independent foreign policy, and showed everyone that Russia will have to negotiate
  5. Wildgoose
    Wildgoose 6 October 2020 22: 43
    If you want to read documents in the Kandalaksha direction, then come to me))) (there is also a Finnish translation about what Oleg Kiselev says)
    tomorrow I will expose about the battles of the summer of 1941, Consolidated material.