Monthly Archives: December 2012

“Eternity” Memorial, Chisinau, Moldova

The largest war memorial in Moldova’s capital city was opened on May 9, 1975. The central monument is composed of five stylized rifles, one representing each year 1941-45, that form a 25-metre-tall pyramid. An eternal flame burns in the centre … Continue reading

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Soldier and Sailor Memorial, Sevastopol, Ukraine

This 40-metre-tall sculpture is one of the more recent monuments to the Great Patriotic War, in no small part because it took over three decades from initial planning to the official unveiling of the completed monument.  Approval for the monument … Continue reading

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Liberation Memorial, Chonki, Belarus

This memorial, commemorating the liberation of the Gomel region in November 1943, stands on the bank of the River Sozh in the village of Chonki (Чёнки), in the southwestern outskirts of Gomel city. The memorial consists of a obelisk, which … Continue reading

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Normandie-Niemen Memorial, Kaliningrad, Russia

Normandie-Niemen was a squadron of French pilots, later expanded to a regiment of three squadrons, that served with the 1st Air Army of the Soviet Air Force between 1943 and 1945. It originated from the desire of General Charles de … Continue reading

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Grave of General Nikolai Vatutin, Kiev, Ukraine

Nikolai Fyodorovich Vatutin was born on December 16, 1901, in a village in the Voronezh region. He joined the Red Army in 1920, and his potential was quickly recognised. In 1926, he enrolled at the Frunze General Staff Academy in … Continue reading

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