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Happy military motorist!

In the Armed Forces of Russia today - May 29 - is celebrated the Day of the military motorist. This date officially appeared in the holiday calendar of the Russian army in 2000, and since then the holiday has been celebrated annually both in the Automobile Forces of Russia and all those military personnel who, as part of fulfilling their professional duties, control various automotive equipment.

The date of May 29 itself was chosen for the holiday due to the fact that on this day in 1910, the first Russian automotive training company formed in the capital of the Russian Empire St. Petersburg. The tasks of the 104-year-old automotive company included training professional driver mechanics for the army. High-quality training in autoroot helped military personnel to acquire important skills not only in management, but also in car repair and maintenance. By the beginning of World War I, several units appeared in the Russian army that were responsible for the use of motor vehicles. It was the automotive training company that became the real foundation for the creation of a full-fledged automotive service.

The first cars for the needs of the Russian army began to appear in the late XIX century. However, their number even two decades later (by the time a large war began) was clearly inferior to the number of cars possessed by England, France and other developed countries. To assess the level of automotive equipment of the Russian army with the levels of equipment of other European armies, you should pay attention to the statistics of participation of cars in the war (statistics 1916 of the year). Russia - 21 thousand cars, England - 76 thousand cars, France - 92 thousand, Germany - 56 thousand.

In the initial stages of the 1-nd World in the Russian army, cars were used not at all for the mass transport of military personnel. The main task, which tried to solve with the help of cars, was to transport ammunition.

At the disposal of the Russian Empire were mainly foreign-made cars, among which the famous DM3b (Daimler-Marienfelde) can be distinguished as a real workhorse. However, the cars of their own production also came to the troops. One of the companies engaged in the production of cars, including for the needs of the army, on the territory of the Russian Empire is Alexander Leitner’s Russia factory.

Happy military motorist!

Here, in addition to the main production - the production of bicycles - for 1896, the production of light motor vehicles using foreign-made spare parts was launched. As it would be said today, in Riga they were engaged in “screwdriver assembly” of cars based on automobile components from French companies De Dion-Bouton, Clément and German Cudell, Fafnir. The first trucks at the Leitner factory were assembled in 1912 year. They became cars on the basis of components of the German Büssing. In the years of the First World Enterprise were evacuated to Kharkov.

The military personnel who had the skills to drive and repair cars were simply worth their weight in gold. Their ability to use every conceivable and inconceivable automobile resources helped to achieve serious results. Sharpness also had its effect. In the memoirs of a German junior officer for 1915, there is a record in which he is surprised at how the Russians carried a whole “convoy” of short-barreled cannons on one of the “half-broken truck”, on which people also sat. “When the truck got stuck in a rather deep puddle, the Russian soldiers pushed it“ like a feather ”and again took their places.

An invaluable role was played by military motorists during the Great Patriotic War. Cars replaced trains in the event that the enemy damaged the rails. On muddy mud, on snow, on dusty roads, the famous “lorries” threw fighters, took the wounded to the rear, delivered ammunition, fuel, mail, food. Military motorists used their cars to shield the enemy, if these cars were seriously damaged and could not be repaired. The trucks of World War II carried on themselves the famous rocket artillery systems, which received the tender name Katyusha in military life. Automobiles installed searchlights, radio stations, anti-aircraft guns, mobile machine-gun points.

BM-13 on Studebaker US6 chassis. "Katyusha"

One of the greatest feats of army motorists of the era of the Great Patriotic War is the supply of besieged Leningrad along the Road of Life, which, unfortunately, became the last way for many drivers. On the ice of Lake Ladoga cars brought food, medicine, weapon and ammunition in the city, took the wounded and sick to the rear of besieged Leningrad. The main symbol of the Road of Life, which entered the world history, became GAZ-MM - a slightly upgraded version of the original GAZ-AA lorry. During the war years, the Soviet auto industry produced more than 138 thousands of these trucks, which served until the beginning of the 60s.

Famous GAZ-MM

Military motorists have shown themselves in any of the armed conflicts of the new time. Afghanistan, Chechnya, the conflict in South Ossetia. In each of these cases, there was a place for the feat of the people who drove the vehicles.

Thanks to the heroism and courage of military motorists, it was sometimes possible to remove from the enemy’s fire not only soldiers caught in a difficult situation in the conflict zone, but also civilians.

We sincerely congratulate all military motorists on their professional holiday! And we wish that in your life only smooth roads await you, which will lead exclusively to success!
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  1. Bodrov
    Bodrov 29 May 2014 09: 05
    Guys, happy holiday to you!
    1. Perevozkin
      Perevozkin 29 May 2014 10: 13
      Thank! BIG)))
      1. Very old
        Very old 29 May 2014 12: 23
        "We are not afraid of any bombing ..."

        And too early to rest - YOU still have things to do

        Bagel YOU in your hands, and be healthy!
    2. Andrenaline
      Andrenaline 29 May 2014 12: 08
      Hit the rally off-road and sloppiness! Hooray comrades! Happy holiday! soldier
    3. Wels75
      Wels75 29 May 2014 13: 48
      soldier Thank you, guys! I also congratulate all army drivers !!!! drinks
  2. silberwolf88
    silberwolf88 29 May 2014 09: 06
    Happy Holiday !!! Success in hard everyday work.
  3. Prapor Afonya
    Prapor Afonya 29 May 2014 09: 15
    Happy holiday, cardans!
    1. mejik
      mejik 29 May 2014 10: 51
      Cardan guards soldier drinks HOORAY! HOORAY! HOORAY!
      Happy holiday, bro!
  4. Dazdranagon
    Dazdranagon 29 May 2014 09: 15
    drinks soldier Happy Holidays!
  5. Vitaly Anisimov
    Vitaly Anisimov 29 May 2014 09: 16
    Happy holiday military drivers! From the heart of all the best and reliable technology! drinks "Eh the roads ...")))
  6. Russ69
    Russ69 29 May 2014 09: 25
    Eh, he himself was in the Ural, in the army he dissected ...
    1. Bayonet
      Bayonet 29 May 2014 20: 11
      I also! GDR 56th Automobile Regiment. Happy Holiday!
    2. 26rus
      26rus 29 May 2014 22: 23
      Quote: Russ69
      Eh, he himself was in the Ural, in the army he dissected ...

      And I ! The author 91 OBO Headquarters of the CGV. Ural-375 MSH-PSh.
  7. Rostovchanin
    Rostovchanin 29 May 2014 09: 27
    in military ticket VUS 838210M
    1. Shkodnik65
      Shkodnik65 29 May 2014 21: 39
      And I have 837037a
  8. alex67
    alex67 29 May 2014 09: 30
    Today is your holiday - motorist’s day,
    And all around today congratulate you:
    Suddenly, from behind the clouds the sunshine shed
    As if saying: “Hello! Good luck, friend!",
    "Have a good trip!" - tires quietly whisper,
    "Everything will be fine!" - assure you the motor,
    And all oncoming cars blink with headlights,
    A huge congestion will disappear by itself,
    A stern inspector waved his hand in greeting
    And the traffic light for you will light the green
    And we wish you: always be on the go
    God will save you from all kinds of troubles!
  9. Name
    Name 29 May 2014 09: 34
    Probably one of the most important !!! After all, everything is possible however. WITH HOLIDAY!
  10. major071
    major071 29 May 2014 09: 37
    All "cylinders" with a holiday from "trucks"! Especially those who graduated from CHAIU! hi Eh, how we "waved" in the early 90s at discos, greetings from ChVTKU! good
  11. alauda1038
    alauda1038 29 May 2014 09: 38
    Happy Holidays! drinks
  12. Russian jacket
    Russian jacket 29 May 2014 09: 43
    Good luck and not a nail or rod drinks
  13. staryivoin
    staryivoin 29 May 2014 09: 43
    Happy holiday military motorists! Not a nail on the road, not a dry tank, more health, but roads lol ... maybe they will be in Russia someday. soldier
  14. aksai61
    aksai61 29 May 2014 09: 43
    Happy Holiday, comrades Military drivers !!! Hurray! Hurray! Uraaaaaaa! soldier drinks
  15. rus_ak_93
    rus_ak_93 29 May 2014 09: 44
    With the holiday, many after the service remained drivers.
    149 Separate repair and restoration battalion of vehicles, GSVG, 84-86g
  16. Small Saturn
    Small Saturn 29 May 2014 09: 44
    Congratulations to all who are involved with the HOLIDAY !!! drinks Happy Military Motorist Day guys!
    My technique: DT-10P / 30P, although it is on tracks, but still a conveyor, not a "tractor" laughing
  17. Siberia 9444
    Siberia 9444 29 May 2014 09: 52
    Across the rivers, mountains and valleys,
    Through the blizzard, fire and black smoke
    We drove around the mines
    On the front-line roads.
    Oh, the front-track path,
    Any bombing is not terrible to us!
    And it’s too early for us to die,
    We still have things to do at home!
    And it’s too early for us to die,
    We still have things to do at home!
    The way for us to Berlin, by the way,
    It was, friends, not easy and not fast.
    We walked days and nights, it was very difficult,
    But the driver did not throw the bagel.
    Oh, the front-track path,
    Any bombing is not terrible to us!
    And it’s too early for us to die,
    We still have things to do at home!
    And it’s too early for us to die,
    We still have things to do at home!
    Maybe for some civilians
    This song is a little unknown.
    We won’t forget where we live,
    Front paved roads.
    Oh, the front-track path,
    Any bombing is not terrible to us!
    And it’s too early for us to die,
    We still have things to do at home!
    And it’s too early for us to die,
    We still have things to do at home!
    Guys with a holiday! drinks
  18. Navy7981
    Navy7981 29 May 2014 09: 53
    Quickly and without damage !!! We are all of the same blood - whoever serves wherever !!! Congratulations!!! drinks
  19. seregatara1969
    seregatara1969 29 May 2014 09: 55
    Happy Holidays to you!
  20. Yurich
    Yurich 29 May 2014 09: 57
    Congratulations to all "wheels" on the holiday. Special platoon 1 faca SVVKIU RV, car service military unit 34103.
  21. yan
    yan 29 May 2014 09: 59
    Happy holiday !!! Reliable technology !!!
  22. Aleks tv
    Aleks tv 29 May 2014 10: 01
    Happy Holidays, WORKERS !!!

    The most reckless drivers, these are military drivers, because they are ... unpredictable.

    I remembered a wonderful story by Sergei Drozdov, published here on the topvar in "soldier's tales":
    Thank you for your daily work.
    Hold your hand tight.

    Good luck, men and a lot of drinks on this holiday!
    Long live the weekly "driver's house"!
    drinks drinks drinks
  23. Landwarrior
    Landwarrior 29 May 2014 10: 14
    Happy holiday, toilers steering and pedals! :) soldier drinks
    Equal and peaceful roads to you!
  24. Sochi
    Sochi 29 May 2014 10: 14
    Happy holiday drove !!! You are in any kind of troops ... with respect - communications troops.
  25. Ilja 22
    Ilja 22 29 May 2014 10: 23
    Happy holiday to us, Guys !!! drinks
  26. avt
    avt 29 May 2014 10: 24
    Happy Holiday! Smooth roads and new technology!
  27. muginov2015
    muginov2015 29 May 2014 10: 27
    All drivers, especially pontooner drivers on holiday!
    1. Aleks tv
      Aleks tv 29 May 2014 10: 40
      Quote: muginov2015
      especially pontoon drivers!

      On Krazy-Lappethnikov?
      I’ll drink with pleasure, Decide!
      Hello from the tank fraternity!
      1. muginov2015
        muginov2015 29 May 2014 11: 20
        Oh respected, Alex! youth immediately remembered the GSVG, LUXEMBOURG. A separate engineer and engineer battalion. We gave soot on Elbe.
        1. Aleks tv
          Aleks tv 29 May 2014 12: 12
          Quote: muginov2015
          youth immediately remembered the GSVG, LUXEMBOURG. A separate engineer and engineer battalion.

          They decide the HMB guys have always been WORKING BEE.
          They don’t care - war or peacetime - plow the same way...
          Full respect.

          ps And in the GSVG I had the honor to be born in the state hospital ... It was a pity to serve in this glorious group, I did not have time in age.
          1. muginov2015
            muginov2015 29 May 2014 12: 41
            They decide the HMB guys have always been WORKING BEE.
            Thanks Alexey. Respected.
          2. Andrey Yuryevich
            Andrey Yuryevich 29 May 2014 19: 11
            and I’ve served and traveled ... I shook the German tracks on the cardan ... wassat
            1. Aleks tv
              Aleks tv 29 May 2014 20: 04
              Quote: Andrey Yurievich
              shook the German tracks on the gimbal ...

              You say two salaries ...

              Greetings, Andrew.
              I will unsubscribe in PM, there is a question.
  28. maestro123
    maestro123 29 May 2014 10: 33
    Happy motorists! drinks

  29. Uncle lee
    Uncle lee 29 May 2014 10: 37
    My dad drove the whole war and twisted the steering wheel until his death. And my childhood was spent on the racetrack in \ h 11011 automobile training regiment.
    Happy holiday! drinks
    1. Alex 241
      Alex 241 29 May 2014 10: 52
      [[/ Center]
      In aviation without cars, nowhere! What kind of planes are there! TeZuha is power, even girls like it laughing Happy Holidays!
      1. Kolovrat77
        Kolovrat77 29 May 2014 11: 24
        These are also aviators for flying. Happy holiday drove.
      2. Andrey Yuryevich
        Andrey Yuryevich 29 May 2014 19: 17
        [quote = alex 241 winked eh Sanya ... I just scattered my soul with my memories ... at APM-90 I started my service ... in the Group drinks
  30. olegahl
    olegahl 29 May 2014 10: 55
  31. sub307
    sub307 29 May 2014 10: 56
    Happy "drovers"! Easy road!
  32. D.V.
    D.V. 29 May 2014 11: 08
    Happy holidays to you guys! Smooth roads and fewer bumps!
  33. Siberian2183
    Siberian2183 29 May 2014 11: 19
    happy holiday we drove !!!!!
  34. mithridate
    mithridate 29 May 2014 12: 09
    happy holiday guys!
  35. Andrey77
    Andrey77 29 May 2014 12: 24
    Happy holiday! In Afghanistan, they prayed.
  36. Yutas
    Yutas 29 May 2014 12: 25
    Happy holiday, mechvody! drinks
  37. agent
    agent 29 May 2014 12: 46
    Happy Holidays!
  38. Altona
    Altona 29 May 2014 13: 38
    All motorists with a professional holiday! From privates and older ... Our military drivers have been tested by our harsh roads ... Yes, and the equipment is becoming more powerful - "shishigi" and ZiLs are leaving, new "KAMAZ", "Ural", "MAZ-MZKT" come ... the whole arsenal of special vehicles to replace the old universal "UAZ" ... God bless you and a good road! soldier
  39. fail8219
    fail8219 29 May 2014 14: 42
    Happy holiday guys!
  40. antikilller55
    antikilller55 29 May 2014 14: 58
    Thank you for your congratulations!!! Guys happy holiday !!!
  41. Sour
    Sour 29 May 2014 16: 02
    All colleagues with a holiday!
    And I am glad to see that almost all colleagues after the end of the service found themselves in civilian life. And who continued to serve in other branches of the army, too, were not lost.
    This, I think, is not accidental. Automobile emblems on the form are a sign of quality. smile
  42. Erland
    Erland 29 May 2014 16: 06
    Thank you, fathers !!! More terrifying cruise missiles are only cruise eggs! Happy holiday!))
    Peaceful sky above your head ... to everyone
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  43. X Y Z
    X Y Z 29 May 2014 16: 35
    All MADI graduates with a holiday!
    1. Altona
      Altona 30 May 2014 15: 20
      Quote: XYZ
      All MADI graduates with a holiday!

      If you could only imagine where MADI graduates were brought and in what parts ...))
  44. yago66
    yago66 29 May 2014 16: 50
    S Prazdnikom "toska avtomobil'naya"! Tak peli my v OBMO 1084 zimoj, gde-to vozle Chojbolsan - sity ...
  45. wandlitz
    wandlitz 29 May 2014 18: 18
    Happy holiday friends, Happy Military Motorist Day!
    Car repair plant "Torpedo", Waldfriden-Bernau, GSVG.
  46. max422
    max422 29 May 2014 18: 46
    Happy Holiday !!!!
    Our KamAZ is all (no kidding) - in any field, it is irreplaceable !!!
  47. soldier
    soldier 29 May 2014 18: 49
    Happy holiday to all motorists !!!!! and let the automobile schools of Ryazan, Chelyabinsk and Ussuriyskiy graduate who have released quite a few good specialists in their field be revived !!!!
  48. 5pgpat5
    5pgpat5 29 May 2014 19: 32
    TeZuha, KrAZ raptor.
    1. northern
      northern 29 May 2014 23: 06
      255 beast car!
  49. Bayonet
    Bayonet 29 May 2014 20: 23
    Happy Holidays! GSVG 1971 - 1973 56th Automobile Regiment. Ural – 377, Ural – 375, Gas – 66.
  50. zinander
    zinander 29 May 2014 21: 33
    Happy Holidays We drove !!!!