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"Several fighters got up, the rest remained lying": memoirs of a participant in the battles near Rzhev


One of the tragic and at the same time heroic pages of the Great Patriotic War is the Battle of Rzhev. The total losses during the Rzhev-Vyazma battles are estimated in hundreds of thousands. It was really hard to survive in those conditions because of the intensity of the outbreak of battles, because of hunger and cold, because of the incredible tension - for all the reasons and countless.

Participants of the battles near Rzhev from the German side in their memoirs call those battles a "meat grinder", and this characteristic, given the number of losses, is quite suitable.

How Soviet soldiers describe the battle near Rzhev.

One of these stories of a participant in the events is presented on Dmitry Puchkov's channel in the series of stories dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the Victory "I remember". We are talking about Grigory Sukhorukov, who started from the Finnish front, went from Moscow to Berlin and took part in the capture of the traitor general Andrei Vlasov.

From the memories:

During my 3,5 years at the front, I have never again experienced such hopeless despair. This is when there is only one thought in my head - there is no salvation!

Grigory Sukhorukov, on whose behalf the narration is being conducted, tells how it was necessary to raise fighters to attack in almost completely open areas:

Only a few people got up. The rest were left lying. I realized that our attack had failed - too many enemy firing points were unsuppressed.

Narration "I survived the battles near Rzhev":

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  1. Vsevolod136
    Vsevolod136 23 October 2020 14: 15
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    Participants of the battles near Rzhev from the German side in their memoirs call those battles a "meat grinder"

    the current nemchura in the person of grandmother Merkel began to forget it, they have the audacity to appoint sanctions.
    We need to remind the Germans how our banner was over Berlin.
    1. infantryman2020
      infantryman2020 23 October 2020 14: 24
      Yeah, of course, "we can repeat!"
    2. Paragraph Epitafievich Y.
      Paragraph Epitafievich Y. 23 October 2020 14: 32
      Quote: Vsevolod136
      We need to remind the Germans how our banner was over Berlin.

      what outlets do you climb from, the reminders are bad ...
      1. Aleksandre
        Aleksandre 23 October 2020 14: 40
        Quote: Paragraph Epitafievich Y.
        what outlets do you climb from, the reminders are bad ...

        What do you mean, does a comfortable sofa at least remotely resemble a toilet?
    3. zenion
      zenion 19 November 2020 19: 09
      Vsevolod136 (Vsevolod Kirkpatrick) I'm surprised that someone other than generals wrote about the war, or told something. I could not get a word out of my father. He was only surprised and asked - why do you need it. The same story was with other front-line soldiers. Only one of them told me this was a job we were paid for, a deadly job. My father never went to watch films about the war. This cannot be conveyed either on the screen or told. About the smell of explosives, the smell of blood and shit, torn out entrails, torn off limbs and heads. There is nothing to talk about.
  2. Snail N9
    Snail N9 23 October 2020 14: 20
    "Rzhevskaya meat grinder" ... there is no other way to call it ... I read the memoirs of a Fritz machine-gunner about the battles near Rzhev, he was amazed at the stupid stubbornness with which the Russians drove their soldiers there to slaughter, under German machine guns and mortars. Moreover, without any sense and maneuver - in the forehead, right under dagger fire, although, as he himself wrote them, machine gunners, it was quite possible to bypass from the flanks or destroy with mortar fire, but none of this happened ... but there were - "stupid "attacks .... every day, in the same place, over mountains of corpses ...
    1. vitvit123
      vitvit123 23 October 2020 15: 20
      Someone stupid, someone not stupid .... is this machine gunner the ultimate truth? Such comments are surprising. If I write that your comment is dumb, does that mean that your comedic is dumb? Or not ?
    2. sergevl
      sergevl Today, 00: 15
      перед силами сатаны такая задача и стояла: как можно сильней сократить население. поэтому и гнали на убой. вся эта сталинско-жуковская служила сатане. других объяснений этому нету. жаль, что нельзя собрать всех жуковых в одном месте и мучать их тапиком 20 лет.
  3. novel66
    novel66 23 October 2020 14: 30
    and who commanded the operation, can you tell me?
  4. Alexander Suvorov_2
    Alexander Suvorov_2 23 October 2020 14: 46
    My grandfather fought in those parts. In 42 they took off the reservation and sent to Moscow. There was a mortarman in 30 years from the 2 Baltic Front, and after being wounded he was transferred to a rifle company. He commanded a squad. There was no living place on it. All in scars. 22 operations. conducted and all died exactly from the fragments in 1977 (came from the war disabled, without an arm in 1946 - 1,6 years rode in hospitals) Had awards - For Courage and For Military Merit.
  5. dgonni
    dgonni 23 October 2020 15: 54
    So I'm still waiting and waiting for our valiant film and film industry to find time to make a film based on the book "Vanka Company"! That's where the whole epic of Rzhev is in one destiny.
    But apparently they will shoot all sorts of urapatriotic T-34 and fighters. Which have nothing to do with the real war and the heroism of our soldiers
    1. zenion
      zenion 19 November 2020 19: 11
      The Germans had to be kept there, to keep as many Germans as possible so that they could not leave this point. But in other places, the Germans were turned into minced meat.
      1. dgonni
        dgonni 19 November 2020 21: 03
        What to keep that? When to hold the defense like Stalingrad. And not a constant and bloody offensive like near Rzhev