Our counteroffensive near Moscow was the central strategic event of the first year of the Great Patriotic War and the first major defeat of the German troops during the entire Second World War, which destroyed the myth of their invincibility.
The great battle for Moscow opened the glorious victories of the Russian weapons in the Great Patriotic War. An unprecedented number of people and military equipment took part in this battle of the greatest scale and intensity on both sides: more than 7 million soldiers and officers, over 50 thousand artillery pieces, about 6,5 thousand. tanks and more than 3 thousand combat aircraft.
In unison to defend Moscow, the whole Russian people stood up without exaggeration. At the front and in the rear, Moscow was defended by representatives of all nationalities living on its territory, the entire united and invincible people of our vast Motherland.
Even in the morning of December 5, German soldiers tried to look at Moscow windows through their binoculars from the rooftops of villages near Moscow, but, contrary to forecasts of the most experienced German strategist Field Marshal Bock, about the imminent defeat of the Red Army, the troops of the Kalininsky and Western fronts launched a swift counterattack and forced the unknowingly harsh opponent to hastily hastily hurry the invincible enemy in a hurry from the Kalininsky and Western fronts to launch a swift counter-offensive and force the invincible enemy to hastily hastily hurry the invincible harsh counteroffensive in a hurry of the Kalininsky and Western fronts. throwing on the battlefield their dead, weapons and equipment.
The result of competent and swift actions of the Soviet troops, the enemy was thrown a distance of 100-250 km from the capital, the threat of seizing Moscow was completely removed. The first victory in the Great War was won.
Arguing about the significance of this memorable day, the late Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexy II, whose repose was just at this date, noted: “It is significant that the fascist hordes stopped their inexorable advance under the walls of the sacred capital of Russia, that the turning point in the Moscow battle was accomplished on the day of memory of the holy great Prince Alexander Nevsky - the heavenly defender of the Russian Land ... Perhaps this is the great significance of Orthodox Moscow, which keeps the roots of the tree of Russia in its sacred land statehood, for the moral and spiritual health and prosperity of which each of us is responsible before God and History! ”
Construction of Soviet soldiers in the tank T-34
The calculation of the Soviet 107-mm regimental mountain mortar sample sample 1938 year position
Camouflaged tank KV-1 in forest ambush
Soviet soldiers rest near the front edge
Soviet cavalrymen in the ranks during the battle for Moscow. Winter 1941 - 1942
The officers of one of the Soviet rifle units in the minutes of rest. Winter 1941 - 1942
Soviet gunners in the moments of rest
The calculation of the Soviet anti-tank rifle PTRD-41 on the position
The commander of the 4 (1 of the Guards) Tank Brigade, Major General of the Tank Forces Mikhail Efimovich Katukov (leftmost in the foreground) at the observation post
A company of Soviet skiers listened to the commander during a battle for Moscow. Skiers armed with machine gun PPSH-4
Soviet tank English production "Valentine II" in ambush during the battle for Moscow. The photo was published in the newspaper “Krasnaya Zvezda” No. 275 of 22 in November 1941. The article “To the battle in British tanks” was published on the issue. It described the division of Captain Frost. Stepan Samoilovich Moroz - commander of the 137 tank battalion, killed 7 December 1941. Most likely, this photo was taken exactly at the location of the 137 tank battalion
Soviet artillery crews are preparing to open fire from captured German 50-mm guns 5 cm PaK 38
1st Moscow Separate Detachment of Sailors, formed on the basis of the battalion of protection of the People’s Sea Commissariat fleet (NKMF), pushed through the streets of Moscow to the forefront. The 1st Moscow Separate Detachment of Sailors was part of the Moscow Defense Zone, later converted to the 166th Marine Brigade
Soviet ski battalion advances to the front line
Soviet troops on the march. Counter-offensive of the Soviet troops near Moscow. Winter camouflage is applied on the tank, all the soldiers in camouflage suits