Day of memory and grief

Day of memory and grief


It is established by decree of the President of the Russian Federation from 8 June 1996 of the year and is celebrated on the day of the start of the Great Patriotic War of the Soviet people against the Nazi invaders.


According to Alexander Kirilin, the head of the Defense Ministry’s department for perpetuating the memory of those killed in defending the Fatherland, "the USSR’s total losses in the Great Patriotic War, which continued 1418 days and nights, amounted to 26 600 thousand people, including the military - 8 668,4 thousand people, including army losses and the fleet - 8 509,3 thousand people, the border troops of the KGB of the USSR - 614 thousand people, the internal troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the USSR - 97,7 thousand people. " The battle killed 6,5 million people.

At the time of the outbreak of war, the Red Army had 4 826 thousands of servicemen, 75 thousands of staff from other departments who were on the payroll of the Ministry of Defense. During the entire war, 29,5 had mobilized a million people.

Information about them, as Kirilin reported, will be contained in the "Unified electronic database of archival documents of the Ministry of Defense of Russia" now being created. Placed on the official website of the military department, the common data bank "People's feat in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945" contains more than 16 thousands of scanned archive files and almost 1,5 thousands of operational documents for the initial period of the war, ITAR-TASS reports.

"In the future, it will include information on the main operations of the last war, a description of more than 30 million exploits, - said Kirilin. - We will provide electronic access to more than 100 million sheets of orders, applications and cards. The projected Internet visit generated electronic resource will be about 2 million in year".

70 years ago, at dawn 22 June 1941, fascist Germany attacked the Soviet Union treacherously. Its aircraft dealt a massive blow to airfields, railway junctions, naval bases, cantonments of military units and many cities to a depth of 250-300 km from the state border. Italy, Hungary, Finland and Romania spoke against the USSR.
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