Battlefield – Achikulak
The feat of Soviet soldiers who heroically fought and died for the liberation of Achikulak in the fall of 1942 is today immortalized by a memorial. However, Nikolai Yakovlevich Kirichenko, who was previously considered a successful commander-organizer of the famous Kushchev attack, is accused of unjustified sacrifices.
Criticism of the corps commander began during the war, but even today they have not forgotten about him. If we talk about the losses that the corps suffered in the battles for Achikulak, then thousands are called. But, of course, there would not have been so many rumors around the name of General Kirichenko if the 4th Guards Kuban Cavalry Corps had been able to take Achikulak.
The authors of the film tried to figure out what happened on Neftekum land 80 years ago. In this we were helped by the writer, poet, publicist Vladimir Pavlovich Butenko, the director of the Neftekumsk Museum of History and Local Lore Liliya Evgenievna Olkhovskaya, a native of those places, an active participant in the Stavropol regional branch of the OOD “Search Movement of Russia” Yuri Valentinovich Smirnov.
The script is based on the research of A. V. Kartashev, published in the form of a monograph “Battles in the Stavropol Territory: Confrontation (September – December 1942).” This is the second part of a trilogy about the battles on Stavropol soil during the battle for the Caucasus (1942–1943). And the film is the third of the filmed fragments of this trilogy.
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