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January 21 - Day of the Engineering Troops of Russia


By the decree of the President of the Russian Federation of September 18, 1996, the Day of Engineering Troops was established in our country, which has been celebrated annually on January 21 since then.

And although the art of military engineering began to develop almost simultaneously with the appearance of regular troops, special engineering units appeared in Russia thanks to the reforms of Peter I. The date of the founding of these troops is January 10 (21), 1701, when the Russian emperor issued a decree on the creation of the Artillery and Engineering School , which began to train artillery and engineering officers for the army.

Exactly 320 years have passed since then. Today, the original of this Decree of Peter the Great can be seen in the Military-Historical Museum of Artillery, Engineers and Signal Corps in St. Petersburg, at an exhibition that began its work yesterday, on the eve of the holiday.

Modern engineering troops are able to overcome any obstacle. They are among the most technologically advanced units in the Russian army. In wartime, army engineers provide defense and facilitate the advance of troop units. And after the end of hostilities, sapper warriors clean the area from mines and unexploded ordnance. In a peaceful environment, engineering troops help in eliminating the consequences of natural and man-made disasters, and participate in rescue operations.

The editorial board of Voenniy Obozreniye sincerely congratulates everyone involved in the professional holiday of the engineering troops of Russia. We wish the military engineers the best in their difficult service.
Photos used:
Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation
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  1. aybolyt678
    aybolyt678 21 January 2021 05: 29
    Happy holiday, dear comrades! Hurrah!! fellow soldier
  2. Reserve buildbat
    Reserve buildbat 21 January 2021 05: 45
    Happy Holidays !!!! Let's slap a hundred and change the landscape! laughing
    1. voronin
      voronin 21 January 2021 08: 17
      As they used to jokingly say - The most terrible troops. They don't even give them weapons!
      Happy holiday drinks
      1. Alexey Sommer
        Alexey Sommer 21 January 2021 08: 51
        Quote: voronin
        As they used to jokingly say - The most terrible troops. They don't even give them weapons!

        This was not about the engineering troops, but about the construction battalion.
        1. voronin
          voronin 21 January 2021 08: 53
          Quote: Alexey Sommer
          It was not the engineering troops who were talking about the construction battalion

          Stroybat- (construction battalion) colloquial name of engineering units engaged in military construction
          1. Sergey269
            Sergey269 21 January 2021 09: 44
          2. Sergey269
            Sergey269 21 January 2021 09: 52
            Complete nonsense! Judging by your comments, you have the same attitude to the Engineering Troops as a veterinarian to the power supply. Engineering troops DO NOT BUILD, they EQUIPMENT, CONSTRUCTION, EQUIPMENT, PROVIDE ... Remember the tasks of engineering support of the battle, unless, of course, you have ever learned the Combat Manual of Engineering Troops. Congratulations, MILITARY ENGINEERS!
            1. voronin
              voronin 21 January 2021 10: 04
              Quote: Sergey269
              You have the same attitude to the Engineering Troops as a veterinarian to power supply

              I have nothing to do with the Corps of Engineers. Just brought up a humorous expression from the past.
              Happy holiday drinks
            2. Alexey Sommer
              Alexey Sommer 21 January 2021 10: 57
              Mutually colleague! drinks
          3. Sergey269
            Sergey269 21 January 2021 09: 59
            For 23 calendars and 29 in preferential terms, neither me nor my subordinates were called construction battalions, nor anyone else! Moles, yes it was!
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      2. Crowe
        Crowe 21 January 2021 08: 57
        For the valiant construction battalion "we will bang, we will definitely bang! But then." ©
        On August 8 this year we will celebrate the day of the military builder.
        An American instructor at a Marine Corps training center explains to recruits:
        The Russians have such an airborne assault force; one of their airborne troops with you three can cope without weapons.
        But that's not all. The Russians also have a naval landing. These are scumbags. One of their naval paratroopers without weapons will make you five like babies.
        But this is not the worst thing; they have such a construction battalion.
        These are such beasts that they are generally afraid to give them weapons.
  3. Crowe
    Crowe 21 January 2021 06: 48
    Happy Holidays, men!

    Your service is not easy
    But today is your holiday
    Listen to this order:
    Level, theodolite
    Let him sleep peacefully in the warehouse
    A military truck crane
    Let replace you a glass.
    Pour it to the brim
    Drink, do not spare vodka,
    With feeling, really, with arrangement,
    Yes, with military skill.
    Your first toast to service
    For the glory of the engineering troops!
    1. Crowe
      Crowe 21 January 2021 06: 50

      Good luck in the difficult, but so necessary service!
  4. Flooding
    Flooding 21 January 2021 08: 37
    Congratulations to everyone involved.
  5. Zoldat_A
    Zoldat_A 21 January 2021 08: 43
    Happy Holidays! Cognac today - for sappers! And you should NEVER be mistaken! We can be wrong. Nakosyachim - fix it. You are not allowed.
    1. Sergey269
      Sergey269 21 January 2021 12: 15
      Minesweeper is wrong twice. The first time - when he chooses a profession, and the second - you yourself understand ... This is what our teacher on mine explosives Colonel Osovitsky told us at KVIOLKUIV them. A.A. Zhdanov.
      1. Zoldat_A
        Zoldat_A 21 January 2021 12: 17
        Well, four out of five make the first mistake in our country, regardless of military or civilian specialty. And here is the second one - to NEVER!
        Once again, happy holiday! drinks
        1. Sergey269
          Sergey269 21 January 2021 13: 03
          May God give everyone not to be mistaken! Happy Holidays!
  6. faiver
    faiver 21 January 2021 09: 23
    All involved in the holiday drinks
  7. kolmakov79
    kolmakov79 21 January 2021 09: 32
    Happy Holidays!
  8. iouris
    iouris 21 January 2021 11: 26
    Engineering troops are wrong. Fortification, engineer, military construction troops.
    Often Latin words (scientific concepts and terms) in the Russian language receive meanings that do not correspond to their true meaning.
    Engineer (fr. Ingénieur ← from lat. Ingenium - ability, ingenuity.
    The main content of an engineer is the development of new and / or optimization of existing engineering solutions
    Engineers are involved, as a rule, in all processes of the life cycle of technical devices, including applied research, planning, design, construction, development of manufacturing technology, preparation of technical documentation, production, commissioning, testing, operation, maintenance, repair, disposal of the device, quality management ...
    1. Sergey269
      Sergey269 21 January 2021 12: 25
      Address all claims to Peter 1, he did not consult with you when he wrote the decree on the creation of the "Pushkar and Engineering School".
    2. Sergey269
      Sergey269 21 January 2021 12: 39
      You have listed some of the components of the Engineering Troops, with some mistakes ... And to solve the tasks you have listed and many other tasks, you need competent, well-trained commanders-military engineers capable of solving suddenly arising tasks! It was not for nothing that Pyotr Alekseevich put one rank above the officers-engineers! And you dig into the translation ...
  9. Konstantin Gogolev
    Konstantin Gogolev 21 January 2021 11: 51
    Happy Holidays!
    "Disposable" - that's what sappers are often called. "A sapper is wrong once ... It's not true, the first time a sapper is wrong when he chooses his specialty." So we joked about ourselves.
    Special congratulations to our specialists who are now working in Nagorno-Karabakh. Besides, there were already losses.
  10. gurzuf
    gurzuf 21 January 2021 16: 10
    Happy Holidays to all who served and is serving in these troops !!! drinks
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  12. Nikxnumx
    Nikxnumx 21 January 2021 17: 07
    Happy Engineering Troops Day, comrades!
  13. Vadim_888
    Vadim_888 21 January 2021 17: 35
    In the US Army, a sergeant tells his unit:
    - The Russians have such troops - the Airborne Forces - there for one of theirs
    we need two of us! But that's nothing. They have marines
    - there for one of theirs three of ours you need! But the worst thing is that they have troops, the construction battalion is called - so for those animals in general
    weapons are not given!

    Happy holiday to you guys!
  14. lubesky
    lubesky 21 January 2021 18: 58
    Happy holiday guys! The 214th Red Banner Separate Engineer Brigade!
  15. koramax81
    koramax81 21 January 2021 22: 18
    Happy colleagues!
  16. Nikon OConor
    Nikon OConor 22 January 2021 15: 42
    From the construction battalion of the USSR to the Military Engineers of the RF Armed Forces. But in fact, the history of the troops goes deep into the past. Few people know now that the usual military term "mine" has initially a different meaning. Mina comes from the English. mine - mine, i.e. a miner is a miner. Why? During large and small wars, it was practiced to dig under the walls of enemy fortresses, in the Middle Ages, strong fire (heat) was used to destroy the walls, to destroy the base of the walls, after the appearance of gunpowder, charges (barrels of gunpowder) were laid under the foundation. And those same underground passages were dug by the same people who mined minerals in the mines, because for this you cannot collect from people, you need to know a lot about this matter. From there, the definition of miner appeared - Man laying a charge underground (medieval engineers).
    Congratulations to my colleagues (I happened to serve in an engineer-sapper company of the Strategic Missile Forces), by the way, glanders are a moat covered from the front (those who dug such fortifications are sappers).
    Stroybat, of course, distorted the meaning of the troops, but now everything is back to normal. Engineering troops are one of the most important components of our Armed Forces.
    Happy Holidays Comrades !!! soldier