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“We are Russians! .. we can die”. The feat of Cornet George Lopukhin 6 August 1914

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The war that began in August 1914 in Russia was called the Second Patriotic War. Moreover, on the eve of the new war, the 100 anniversary of the victory in the Patriotic War 1812 of the year was widely celebrated. In memory of that victory, they were looking for a source of strength in the hardships that were to be experienced.


“We are Russians! .. we can die”. The feat of Cornet George Lopukhin 6 August 1914


One of the most glorious feats, which is known from different historical publications, including from the classic novel "War and Peace" by L. Tolstoy, was the act of General Nikolai Nikolaevich Raevsky. During the battle with the superior forces of the enemy, Raevsky with his two teenage sons rushed into battle with the words: “Forward, guys, for the Tsar and for the Fatherland! I and my children, whom I sacrifice, let us open the way for you! " Russian soldiers, inspired by this call, went on the attack and defeated the French.

S.N. Glinka wrote devoted to this feat “Poems to General Rajewski. 1812 year ":

Generous Russian warrior,

You should be commended for everyone:

Himself and the young two sons -

You bring everything to the king and to God;

Your deeds are stronger than all words

Leading Russian lions to battle,

Said: "We will not regret the sons,

I'm ready to lie with them,

To anger only enemies to stop! ..

We are Russians! .. we can die.

We know many examples when, at the time of serious military tests, the Russian generals did not hide their sons from danger in the rear and headquarters, but sent them to the most dangerous places of battles, considering it their duty to show soldiers and officers going to death the unity of their own destinies and equality in sacrifice in the name of the motherland. And this tradition of commanders of the Russian army was especially vividly manifested during the Second World War 1914-1918.

Unfortunately, the feats of the Russian soldiers in this first world-wide war, which should have become an example and experience for the Soviet soldiers to fight the German aggressor, were not only forgotten in the 1941 year, but for almost a century were hidden and distorted by the political speculations of ideologues.

One of these family exploits in the first year of World War I was the tragic death of a father and son from the famous military noble family of the Lopukhins.

Lopukhins are a noble family, raised in 1689, thanks to the marriage of Evdokia Lopukhina and Tsar Peter Alekseevich. They were descendants of the Kosozhsky Prince Redded, owned lands and served in various ranks in the Novgorod principality and in the Moscow State. Lopukhins served as voivods, occupied positions in the Boyar Duma and by the end of the XVII century were among the most wealthy and influential noble families of the Russian state. Of the Lopukhins, 7 boyars, 6 okolnichy, 3 dumae nobleman, 11 governor, 9 governor-generals and governors, 13 generals, 2 admiral. Lopukhins served as ministers and senators, headed the Cabinet of Ministers and the State Council. In 1799, by decree of Emperor Paul I, a real Privy Counselor, Minister of Justice and Prosecutor General Peter V. Lopukhin, with his descendants descending into the princely Russian empire, with the title of Serene.

Varvara Aleksandrovna Lopukhina (Bakhmeteva) entered the history of poetic Russia - the main youthful love of the great poet-officer Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov, to whom he (although addressing another) devoted thin and sad lines:

No, I do not love you so passionately,

Not for me is your brilliance beautiful;

I love in you, I past suffering

And the youth of my deceased.

When I look at you sometimes,

In your eyes, penetrating a long look:

Mysterious, I'm busy talking,

But I'm not talking to you with my heart.

I speak with a friend of young days,

Looking for other features in your features

In the mouths of the living mouth long dumb,

In the eyes of the fire of extinct eyes.

The history of these romantic relationships indirectly affected the family of Varvara Alexandrovna's brother - Alexei Alexandrovich Lopukhin, a friend and former classmate M.Yu. Lermontov at Moscow University. The great poet responded to the birth of his son Alexander by the famous poem “The Child of a Lovely Birth”. This “cute child” not only became a well-known lawyer in Russia, but also the father of Dmitry Alexandrovich Lopukhin, one of the first heroes of the 1914-1918 war.

Dmitry Alexandrovich (pictured) was born in 1865 year and passed the traditional way for his family: he graduated from the Oryol gymnasium, and then became, like his grandfather and father, a student at Moscow University, where he studied at the Faculty of Law. But, apparently, the “military bone” of the generals and admirals of the Lopukhins took their toll, Dmitri Aleksandrovich suddenly interrupted his legal career and, having passed the officer examination at the Alexander NNXX military Alexander School, in 3, he began his military service to the Fatherland with the 1888 n Dragoon gender of the Nizhny Novgorod gender. Later on, his brilliant education at Moscow University allowed him to complete the NN Nikolaev Academy of the General Staff in 44 for the 1900 category.

His service was so successful that by the time of the Russian-Japanese war he was already a lieutenant colonel, and for his military service in the ranks of the Russian cavalry on the battlefields of Japan and being wounded at Liaoyan he was promoted to colonel. Dmitri Alexandrovich was simultaneously considered a talented staff specialist and one of the best cavalry commanders. Therefore, after a successful service in the General Staff, he was appointed in the rank of Major General as commander of the famous Life Guards Horse Grenadier Regiment, stationed in one of the most beautiful palace suburbs of St. Petersburg - Peterhof.

In the famous folk work "Zhuravel" XIX-XX centuries. the following couplets sang about the soldiers of this regiment:

Black horses are torn,

The songs are loud.

This is the Horse Grenadiers

On the enemy in a campaign hurry.

Platoon after platoon

Dignified slender ranks,

Song loudly announced

Peterhof Gardens.

It is true there was a joking couplet about these daring warriors:

Best of all take the barriers -

These are horse-grenadiers.

Who drinks Madeira without measure?

This equestrian grenadiers!

Dmitry Alexandrovich became the last Peterhof commander of this outstanding regiment.

Having gone to the fronts of the Great War of 1914-1918, this glorious military unit of the Russian army never returned to its historical barracks ...

The family life of General Lopukhin was romantically rooted. He met and immediately fell in love with the bright oriental beauty of Princess Elizabeth M. Sultan-Giray. Soon they were married according to the Orthodox rite. Her father, Mikhail Mikhailovich (Tahtamysh) Sultan Giray came from the Crimean sultans and was married to the princess Rodam Rostomovna Abashidze. He graduated from the Nikolaev Cavalry School in St. Petersburg and, while serving as a staff officer for special assignments at the General Department of Horse Breeding, he was particularly proud of his service in the 45 dragoon His Imperial Highness the Tsar Heir to the Tsarevich Regiment. This service in the dragoon shelves especially brought together father Elizabeth Mikhailovna and Dmitry Alexandrovich.

In 1892, the son of George Dmitrievich was born in the Lopukhins family. He, like his father, graduated from the Oryol gymnasium and became a cavalry officer - he joined the cornet in the Life Guards Horse Grenadier Regiment, commanded by his father. When the First World War began, they, together with their regiment, made part of the Russian Guard in East Prussia.

The battles of the Russian armies in this militant German territory were very successful at the beginning of that military operation. Russian troops defeated the Gumbenen-Goldapa battle 20 August 1914. But subsequent tactical and strategic miscalculations forced our troops to leave the territory of East Prussia. During the fighting, the famous cavalry battle of Kaushen took place. The heavy character of this battle is evidenced by the loss of the Russian cavalry. Two regiments of the 1 Guards Cavalry Division (Cavalry Guards and Equestrian Life Guards) lost more than half of their officers killed and wounded. Total losses were about 380 people. The Germans lost 1200 people. The Russian cavalry, especially the Guards, covered itself with unfading glory. German lines were broken through, fortified villages and field guns were taken.

One of the commanders-heroes of this cavalry battle was Major General D.А. Lopukhin. He personally traveled to the front line and, under enemy fire, gave orders, encouraging the fighters with his own example. Next to him, in the forward detachment of the dismounted advancing cavalrymen of the 6 Squadron of the Grenadier Regiment, his son Cornet George Lopukhin participated, who on that day 6 of August 1914 of the year accomplished a military feat.

This is how popular rumor describes its history: under the deadly shelling of the Germans, the hurried ranks of cavalry grenadiers launched an attack on the enemy. The stubborn resistance of the Germans forced the Russian Guards to stop. Suddenly, in front of his father, who commanded the entire attack of the guards regiments, Cornet Lopukhin rose to his full height and called on his soldiers to march on the enemy. The German soldiers fired a few rifle volleys over the brave Russian officer. The hero-officer staggered and grabbed his injured side. Then he straightened up and began again to raise the soldiers to the attack, but, struck down by several more enemy bullets in the chest, fell dead ...

In 1914, the patriotic upsurge of the entire population of the Russian Empire was not cold, and any feat on the front was not only discussed in newspapers and numerous military publications, but also displayed in posters, paintings, cheap popular prints, etc.
Therefore, the feat of Cornet Lopukhin, a young handsome man, a cavalry officer, and the grief of seeing the death of his father’s son, became particularly tragic in the public mind. Famous typography I.D. Sytin in Moscow at the end of 1914, a poster was published titled "The feat of Cornet GD. Lopukhina "(in the photo that opens the article). Very interesting artistic decision of this poster. Against the background of the pink-blue, gentle hills of East Prussia, Russian cavalry dismounted under the light, in traveling clouds, sky trying to capture the German height. They lay down and shoot from the defending enemy. A young cavalry cornet officer, Georgi Lopukhin, took the killed soldier’s rifle in his right hand and rose to his full height, calling on Russian soldiers to attack. At this time, several German bullets pierce his chest and, having pressed his white-gloved left hand to the wound, begins to lean back. Paint paintings emphasize the tragic, but bright in its spirituality, the death of a young commander, leading his soldiers to battle with the enemy. The essence of this rather traditional feat for Russian officers was noted with pride and bitterness in his diaries by the Minister of War of the Russian Empire, Infantry General A.A. Polivanov: “... a Russian soldier fights stubbornly and will climb anywhere, as long as there is an officer who leads him ... So, the officer is always ahead, which is why there is a huge wane among them. The Germans and Austrians are all behind the officers and from there they rule ... ”

Respecting the history of national worship of this feat, I would like to bring real memories of him participating in these events, Colonel Georgy Adamovich Goshtovt, while a young officer of the Life Guard Regiment of the Cuirassier. Here is what he wrote in his book “Causen”: “Fate led me to be a witness and participant in the battle, in which regiments and batteries of the Guards Cavalry, rooted in their centuries-old stories, welded with love for their dear parts, friendship and traditions — showed immeasurable height to prowess and military spirit. Many years have passed from the memorable day of 6 August 1914. Years go on and on in a continuous sequence ... Many of the participants went to the grave ... The memory of the survivors is dulled ... Facewalka destroyed the regimental archives ... Therefore, I found his duty to capture, before it is too late, the glorious Causeni battle, having told about him simply without any comments, as he did in reality ... ".

Here is how he describes this feat: “The 6 th squadron battle was full of tragic beauty — the horse-grenadiers, suffering losses from the enemy’s highest-level adversary fire, continued methodically by rushing. Cornet Lopukhin, being wounded in the shoulder, continued to lead his platoon.

The squadron commander, wanting to push the right flank forward, raised himself to voice the command, but fell heavily wounded. Kornet Kolokoltsev, rising to fulfill an order, was hit by a bullet and fell killed. Following this, the death of the brave already injured cornet Lopukhin.

The only remaining cornet in the ranks, Skryabin, was shell-shocked by a rupture of a shell so hard that it fell unconscious - at first they were sure that he was killed. Squadron was commanded by platoon noncommissioned officers Prass and Krakowiak. Under their leadership, the chains continued to fight at 300 steps, and all the wounded were shooting, who could still hold a rifle in their hands. There were only twenty people left in the squadron. ”

According to Goshtovt, General Lopukhin did not see his son’s death: “General Lopukhin took over the leadership of all the units operating at Opelišken. At the dressing station, he gathered chiefs for the meeting. It was decided to attack the village again. Causen. Lopukhin said the words: "The resistance of the Germans must be broken!". Inquiring about the casualties of the captain Skuratov, he asked about his only son, a junior officer of the 6 squadron. Skuratov did not dare to tell him the truth immediately, but reported that he was seriously wounded in the arm. ”

The behavior of General Lopukhin at the moment when he was finally informed about the death of his only son is striking in its harsh simplicity and internal tragedy. This is how General A.E. describes this event in his military front-line diaries. Snesarev: “... The State Duma honored memory of deputy Alekseenko, a really good and hardworking person, by abandoning a large and urgent matter, what everyone is now. We have front-line soldiers - the opposite attitude to duty. General Lopukhin's only son is killed. He shakes himself, is baptized, and then says: "Let us pray and burn later, now we must continue the work." Would good Alekseenko be glad when he learned that the rear statesmen honored his memory by doing nothing in the fatal moments of the life of the state? But the combat general, having lost his only son, is ready to continue the common cause. There is, therefore, a belief in this great cause, and he will not disgrace the memory of the deceased. ”

At this most tragic moment of his life, General Lopukhin, who took the life of his only son, adequately fulfilled his duty as a Russian military leader. The general’s combat actions were immortalized in the words of the order awarding him, because “directing the 6 of August under Causen at the center and the left flank of the battle formation, he was personally in combat lines all the time, who, despite the fierce artillery and rifle fire of the enemy , riding around, especially raising the spirits of his units, keeping the positions occupied from the beginning of the battle, despite the stubborn and energetic attempts of the Germans to embrace the left flank and knock down the center on the highway, which was concentrated especially strong frontal and flank . S enemy artillery and rifle Encouraging personal example, all part of its order of battle, they moved forward with the battle took the position of the enemy, inflicting huge losses and that especially contributed to the ultimate success of the battle - the complete defeat of the German infantry brigade with 3-batteries on me. "

Dmitry Alexandrovich did not leave us his letters and diaries. 20 November 1914 of the year he was mortally wounded in the battle of Belkhatov, defending the direction of Petrok from the advancing Germanic regiments.

Three days later, on November 23, 1914, an outstanding cavalry commander of the Russian Guard, Major General Dmitry Alexandrovich Lopukhin, died of wounds in a military hospital in Warsaw. Posthumously, he was awarded the Emperor Nicholas II the highest military order of the Russian Empire, the Order of St. George the Victorious.

Today, the descendants of the Lopukhin family live in Russia, Poland, Ukraine, France, USA, Canada, Great Britain, Sweden and, I hope, not only they know and remember the feat of the father and son of the Lopukhins, the general and officer of the Russian army who honestly gave their lives for the Faith, Tsar and Fatherland.

“Honor is the desire to be a noble, higher being of inner virtues, to commit acts worthy of glory, without any compulsion from without and without any other reward, except for the approval of his conscience.” (Field Marshal PA Rumyantsev).
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  1. Same lech
    Same lech 28 November 2013 08: 12
    12
    It’s easy to die in a war, you don’t have much mind for this - here try to survive to fulfill the combat mission and at the same time save the life of the soldier if possible - THERE IS THE MAIN GOAL OF THE OFFICER.
    1. Alekseev
      Alekseev 28 November 2013 09: 16
      13
      Quote: The same LYOKHA
      It’s easy to die in a war, you don’t need much intelligence for this - here try to survive and complete a combat mission

      Fighting, of course, is very much like a chess game, but often for good success, good command and control of troops using a computerized TSU is not enough. Sometimes, in order to carry out a combat mission, a personal example of the boss is needed, albeit deadly.
    2. Savva30
      Savva30 28 November 2013 17: 07
      +1
      in my opinion, an article about strength, courage and the "Russian spirit" ...
  2. Sirozha
    Sirozha 28 November 2013 10: 10
    -31 qualifying.
    Rossy? Phhhhhh laughing wassat This is from the same opera as the Ukrainians ...
    Bullshit, not a title for the article!
    1. Nexus 6
      Nexus 6 28 November 2013 10: 55
      16
      We are Ross! ... we know how to die. "
      Eagles have arisen on enemies!
      Firmly trusting in God,
      Enemy regiments without counting,
      For faith they pour their own blood.
      GLINK SERGEY NIKOLAEVICH
      So that, it turns out, is not nonsense) Although the poet is now little readable. But you can google (like me for example) before hanging)
    2. Sirozha
      Sirozha 28 November 2013 18: 12
      +1
      I wrote there UKRY (only without dots), and not Ukrainians, the filter itself changes for some reason.
  3. yan
    yan 28 November 2013 10: 11
    +5
    Thanks to the author for the material, wonderful article. A great example of military duty, and officer skills. I agree with the previous comments that you need to fight without scaring the enemy with your death. and destroying it. But the ideological beginning must be present.
  4. Energet1k_
    Energet1k_ 28 November 2013 10: 27
    +7
    Article +. Always when I read about the exploits of our fighters, they already get goosebumps. That's what you need to write in history textbooks, on which to educate the younger generation! Eternal glory to the Heroes!
  5. rus_ak_93
    rus_ak_93 28 November 2013 12: 02
    +2
    and constantly someone puts a minus, I would like to see the face
    1. JIaIIoTb
      JIaIIoTb 28 November 2013 12: 33
      +3
      They have no faces, they have sediment, turbidity, and are unworthy of memory. Therefore, do not look them in the face and need to beat.
    2. white_f
      white_f 28 November 2013 15: 09
      0
      like that wink
    3. xan
      xan 28 November 2013 20: 49
      0
      Quote: rus_ak_93
      and constantly someone puts a minus, I would like to see the face

      I can say so - a notorious head squalor, incapable of a man’s act, to which Russian fame and strength are terrible to shred
      You can’t even clean a helm - so squeamish
  6. Prometey
    Prometey 28 November 2013 13: 31
    0
    Interesting stuff. But there are minor inaccuracies. At the Battle of Borodino, there were no teenage sons next to General Raevsky. This is a proven fact. And he himself never recalled the participation of his sons in the battle.
    1. Walking
      Walking 28 November 2013 17: 45
      0
      the battle was not at Borodino, but somewhat earlier.
  7. xan
    xan 28 November 2013 15: 42
    +3
    Somewhere in Pikul it was written that the Russian officers in many ways learned to fight according to the pedigrees of their ancestors. Personally, nobles became free only under Catherine 2, and before that everyone had to serve. Therefore, all the nobles, especially the noble ones, had military ancestors. An unworthy act has always been a stain not only personally on the perpetrator, but also on his entire family. In such conditions, taking into account military education from childhood, it is difficult to be a coward.
    I also know about the two Lopukhins. One commanded the victorious defense of the Ukrainian Glukhov against the entire Polish army, led by the king in the war after the Pereyaslavl Rada. The French mercenary aristocrat wrote that in order to defend like this, you need to have soldiers ready to die, headed by a chief with mystical power. Another Lopukhin, in the rank of Major General, was wounded by the Prussians at the beginning of the Gross-Egerdorf battle and was recaptured by his soldiers, but already dead. You can still recall the beautiful Lopukhina from the reproduction in the textbook of the history of socialist times, the passion of Paul 1. Having such a pedigree, you will not sleep in the muzzle in a salad. You will not tolerate rudeness of the higher authorities - any officer noble court of honor will justify, and there have been such cases.
    And at the expense of losses, it’s just that wars became different, and in another way it was necessary to learn to fight. And the high command should have taken care of the officer corps starting from training in military schools. Somewhere I met statistics that even in the Second World War we had one killed officer for about 50 killed soldiers, while the Germans already had 200 with something. So it turned out that the German officer corps was more experienced and prepared, because he was cherished.
    1. Black demobilization
      Black demobilization 28 November 2013 16: 43
      +1
      Yes Yes Yes. Cities surrender soldiers, the generals take them.
      It is not a matter of rank, position or estate, a matter of love for one’s homeland. This love pushes and leads to a feat.
  8. carbofo
    carbofo 28 November 2013 16: 48
    +2
    Russians do not give up!
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  10. alligator-2017
    alligator-2017 28 November 2013 18: 40
    0
    Everything is fine, I liked the article.
  11. Beck
    Beck 28 November 2013 19: 25
    +1
    Cornet's death is of course red, but ...

    The officer corps of tsarist Russia consisted of aristocracy, blue blood. And especially among young, and therefore junior and middle officers, bravado was one of the highest applications. Often worthless bravado. Okay, on the parade ground, but in combat conditions it only brought harm.

    In the first months of World War I, cornets, second lieutenants, lieutenants, captains often went on the attack to their full height, with a cigarette in their teeth and a stack in their hands. Like despise death.

    Bottom line: In the first six months of the war, the junior and middle officers were more than half knocked out. That is why accelerated courses were created, then, where junior officers were already being prepared from among the raznochintsy and philistines.

    The same picture was with the Americans. When they landed in France, senior officers and generals wore their helmets, large, white stars on helmets. Shoulder straps from others sparkled with brilliance from afar. And in the first six months, Americans also lost many officers. It was then that they introduced epaulets and insignia that could only be seen from 2-3 meters.
    1. Marat
      Marat 28 November 2013 21: 14
      +3
      The main part of the officer corps fell at the beginning of the war in East Prussia, and the rest was "finished off" in the "Kovel meat grinder", although by that time "officers" like the first commander of Soviet Russia, Ensign Krylenko, had already been sent to the front. "Sholokhov has an episode when the Cossacks stumble upon a path with Russian officers killed in the offensive: both young and old are among them.
    2. IllI4
      IllI4 29 November 2013 13: 49
      +1
      From a strategic point of view, you are right. But with tactical ... nothing so inspires soldiers to attack, as a personal example of an officer.
      Although excessive bravado is extreme. But the article is about something else.
  12. T-55
    T-55 28 November 2013 19: 45
    +2
    I agree "to peace and death is red," but the platoon commander should attack the VESTI fighters, and not die a beautiful death (although for propaganda ...) My dad began to fight at 41, and at the age of 42 he already commanded a platoon in the North Caucasus front in the rank of senior ser. If you heard about the cadet regiments, few of them survived, and they never got the lieutenants.
  13. George
    George 28 November 2013 21: 26
    +3
    Belyaev spoke of a catastrophic loss of officers. - It's your own fault! - answered him Polivanov. - Starting with the cadet corps, we bring up bravado.

    A cigarette in the mouth - and an attack. And after him - the soldiers. Machine guns amended the position of an officer at the front. Be smarter: let the soldier forward, and follow him yourself, as was customary with the Germans. We have it like this: the first bullet is a bang into an officer! So they piled them in piles. But still the brilliant Potemkin said that to dress a soldier you need a man with a woman and a darker night. For an officer - give time, money, knowledge

    Thank you for the article.
  14. Garri rubin
    Garri rubin 28 November 2013 22: 00
    0
    The Soviet government destroyed mainly the centuries-old succession of military generations, who at the genetic level understand the word duty, homeland, regimental fraternity, etc.
    1. Hudo
      Hudo 30 November 2013 22: 19
      -1
      Quote: Garri rubin
      The Soviet government destroyed mainly the centuries-old succession of military generations, who at the genetic level understand the word duty, homeland, regimental fraternity, etc.


      You would have to somehow restore the brains destroyed by hamburgers, and then dissolve them on topics in which you have neither a snout nor an ear.
      P.S. Have you ever served yourself, or will you be the room guardians and theorists?
      1. Beck
        Beck 1 December 2013 18: 57
        0
        Quote: Hudo
        You would have to somehow restore the brains destroyed by hamburgers, and then dissolve them on topics in which you have neither a snout nor an ear.


        Why so sharp ?. The man expressed only his opinion. Or if it does not match yours, then all to the nail or what? You don’t need to know anything specific, secret, or purely professional in order to express your opinion on this topic.

        Quote: Hudo
        P.S. Have you ever served yourself, or will you be the room guardians and theorists?


        Various topics are laid out on the site: about aviation, about tanks, about history, about politics, about Africa. And what? If you are not a pilot, not a tanker, not a historian, not a politician, not a Negro, then do not open your mouth, because you can’t have your own opinion? Interesting logic, up to the primitive. It's like bikers - if you do not ride a motorcycle then you are not a person.

        But in general. I will not talk about the professionalism of the tsarist and Soviet officers. Although this professionalism is acceptable. Former Tsarist generals taught Zhukov, Rokossovsky, Chernyakhovsky and all others in the academies of the Red Army. I’ll talk about mentality, general erudition, and education.

        The officer corps of pre-revolutionary Russia consisted of the aristocracy. And in order to become a true aristocrat they must be born in the 7th generation. Hence the manners of education, a very respectful attitude to duty, honor (not only in the military sense) to women.

        The royal officer knew philosophy and knew the army drill. He knew courtesy and was merciless in battle. He knew the basics of music and knew how to play the piano and knew courage and courage on the battlefield. He was able to dance superelegant ballroom dancing and was able to prove himself in hand-to-hand combat.

        These are precisely the first members of the Red Army officers who did not have one. There were no such disciplines in the RKKK academies, and proletarian-peasant passage did not oblige this.

        So why was it bold to man.
  15. Moore
    Moore 29 November 2013 17: 04
    +1
    It is bad that the elite of the nation was taught to "die skillfully" for their Fatherland, and not to do so that the enemies would die skillfully for their Fatherland.
    Courage always inspires respect, but teaching soldiers is so boring and boring, right? Or platoon squadron officers.
    And so, just like in the anthology: "... he put the company down, and did not take the height ..."
    Please do not rush with pissing rags. The kid is sincerely sorry.
  16. motorized rifle
    motorized rifle 30 November 2013 00: 23
    +1
    Amendment, guards officers in the attack smoked CIGARS and always swore FRENCH !!! Very sensible! Indeed, in the guard (before the war), only wealthy people could serve, for there was not enough salary for such a service, but wealthy and, say, smart ones, were not the same thing.
    Although the above combat episode does not indicate why it was necessary to raise people to attack under fire, i.e. The squadron commander wanted to "correct his right flank", moreover, this action did not take place, all the officers of the squadron, except for one seriously wounded man, died, the squadron did not go into the attack, but continued to conduct firefights, i.e. skirmish, having lost almost completely the personnel. The tragic romance is evident, and the fighting pragmatism (until the non-commissioned officers got down to business) is zero. Courage is there but military professionalism? However, I may argue superficially, but according to the descriptions, there is no other conclusion.
    Khan, wrote above about the statistics of the ratio of killed soldiers and officers among us and the Germans, so I note that in our rifle company of 4 platoons, there were 7 (!) Officer posts, I will list: Company commander, deputy commander, political instructor later political officer, 4 platoon commanders. The Germans in the infantry company had TWO (!) Officers, the company commander and the commander of the first platoon, he was also the deputy company commander, and the platoons around the state commanded the non-commissioned officer. So, to shoot our officers, the Germans had three times more chances.
  17. motorized rifle
    motorized rifle 30 November 2013 00: 23
    0
    Amendment, guards officers in the attack smoked CIGARS and always swore FRENCH !!! Very sensible! Indeed, in the guard (before the war), only wealthy people could serve, for there was not enough salary for such a service, but wealthy and, say, smart ones, were not the same thing.
    Although the above combat episode does not indicate why it was necessary to raise people to attack under fire, i.e. The squadron commander wanted to "correct his right flank", moreover, this action did not take place, all the officers of the squadron, except for one seriously wounded man, died, the squadron did not go into the attack, but continued to conduct firefights, i.e. skirmish, having lost almost completely the personnel. The tragic romance is evident, and the fighting pragmatism (until the non-commissioned officers got down to business) is zero. Courage is there but military professionalism? However, I may argue superficially, but according to the descriptions, there is no other conclusion.
    Khan, wrote above about the statistics of the ratio of killed soldiers and officers among us and the Germans, so I note that in our rifle company of 4 platoons, there were 7 (!) Officer posts, I will list: Company commander, deputy commander, political instructor later political officer, 4 platoon commanders. The Germans in the infantry company had TWO (!) Officers, the company commander and the commander of the first platoon, he was also the deputy company commander, and the platoons around the state commanded the non-commissioned officer. So, to shoot our officers, the Germans had three times more chances.