In a cramped apartment, happy faces,
Waltz, political instructor invites the bride,
The new cube glitters on the buttonhole.
And outside the window, outside the window is the beauty of the new moon,
Whispering willows whisper with Bug.
The year forty-one, the beginning of June,
Still alive, still alive, still alive, everything, everything, everything. "
Brest Fortress took the very first strike of the Nazis. In 04: 15 in the morning on 22 on June 1941, heavy artillery fire fell on a fortress, then German assault groups began to attack. Despite an unexpected strike, the garrison of the fortress put up a heroic resistance to the invaders. In the conditions of continuous bombing and shelling, left without water, food and communications, organized resistance to the superior enemy continued until June 30. After that, separate groups of defenders of the fortress and individual heroes fought the Nazis for another month, hiding in the ruins and dungeons. The destruction that we see in the photographs allows us to imagine the degree of fierceness of the battle for the citadel.
It is clear that our fighters and commanders had no time for photographs, and we can use only German photo chronicles, and, as we know, it is always one-sided. Nevertheless, I tried to restore a small picture of events and tie them to today.
01.Brest Fortress 1941-2013. The Nazis on the Kholmsky bridge.
02. Brest Fortress 1920-2013. Kholmsky bridge before reconstruction.
03. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. The German gun PAK-38 is firing at the Kholm gates of the Brest Fortress.
04. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Kholmsky bridge, repair.
05. Brest Fortress 1930-2013. Pre-war volleyball in the fortress. This photograph could also have been taken in other parts of the Ring Barracks, most of which was not preserved.
06. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. The Germans at the Terespol Gate and the barracks of the 333 Infantry Regiment.
07. Brest Fortress 1940-2013. Terespol Gate and barracks: on the left - 9 of the 17 outpost of the Red Banner Border Detachment, on the right - the 333 of the rifle regiment.
08. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Terespolsky gate from the side of the Bug. The ground level at the gate was one and a half meters higher than it is now.
09. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. The Germans at the Terespol Gate. The difference in the height of the ground at the gate is clearly visible then and nowadays.
10. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Bronze frontier guards engage the fascists at the walls of their outpost.
11. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. German soldier at the walls of the citadel.
12. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Bridge at Trekharochny gates. From the wall of the Ring Barracks in this place is preserved only a preserved foundation. On the fence of the bridge there were bullet holes, which made it possible to precisely attach to the old photo.
13. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Bridge at Trekharochny gates. Behind the bridge you can see the restored cathedral and the unretained wall of the Ring Barracks.
14. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Unarmored Treharochnye gate. On the right you can see the main monument of the memorial - "Courage".
15. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Three-arch gate
16. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Soldiers captured at the southern gate of the fortress. I had to shoot from the undergrowth, so the quality is not very. And the shrub grows the same.
17. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Captured Soviet officer.
18. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. The wall of the Ring Barracks from the side of the Bug, in the distance Terespol Gate can be seen.
19. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Guns in the fortress after the end of the fighting.
20. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. Hitler and Mussolini in the fort in August 1941g. In the background - St. Nicholas garrison cathedral.
21. Brest Fortress 1910-2013. St. Nicholas garrison cathedral. The cathedral was built in the year 1876, consecrated in the year 1878. Rebuilt beyond recognition under the Polish government, and then turned into a garrison club, the cathedral was badly damaged during the defense of the fortress. Now fully restored in its original form.
22. Brest Fortress 1930 -2013. St. Nicholas garrison cathedral, rebuilt by the Poles in the Catholic Church of St. Casimir and restored again.
23. Brest Fortress 1930 -2013. St. Nicholas garrison cathedral.
24. Brest Fortress 1950-2013. The destruction of St. Nicholas garrison cathedral.
25. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. German technology at the North-West Gate of the Brest Fortress.
26. Brest Fortress 1941-2013. The painting "Defenders of the Brest Fortress" by Peter Alexandrovich Krivonogov was written in the 1951 year.
27. Brest Fortress 1944-2013. Russian soldier returned. 28 July 1944, Brest was liberated from the Nazi invaders.