Kazakhstan celebrates Victory Day
Today is the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory in the Second World War. The German Instrument of Surrender was signed on the night between 8th and 9th May 1945 in Berlin. The document stated the end of the war and the victory of the Soviet Union and allies over Nazi Germany.
This year the Victory Day will be celebrated in self-isolation conditions. Military parades, laying of flowers at the eternal flame and other events that have become traditional will not be held due to the pandemic. Some offline events were rescheduled. Still, people can get together and pay tribute to the heroes of the World War II via Internet and social media.
The Soviet people showed the tremendous power of patriotism from the first days of the war. People of all ages were ready to defend the homeland. Historians estimated that nearly 34.5 million people went to the forefront, including 1.2 million Kazakh soldiers, and almost half of them never returned home.
During the war, nearly 50 regiments and battalions of different military branches were formed in Kazakhstan. Despite the heat and cold, the soldiers in these troops went side by side and defended Leningrad, fought near Stalingrad, near Kursk, participated in the battle of the Dnieper and in liberating operations of Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, the Baltic countries and the Eastern Europe from the German forces. The soldiers were desperately fighting, showing courage and bravery. Kazakh soldiers also showed their resilience. Their heroism was not unnoticed.
Thus, 100 people became full cavaliers of the Order of Glory, 500 soldiers received the Hero of the Soviet Union title, and four of them received the title twice.
However, there were those who have not received the well-deserved award for various reasons. According to the materials of Kazakh historians, among them are 133 soldiers including infantrymen, artillerymen, machine gunners, tankers, snipers, sappers, orderlies, signalmen and cavalrymen. Their names were included in a special collection.