war always begins suddenly, although later generation of historians for it seem inevitable. In 1941 he began the most terrible, the most intimate, the most expensive — the Great Patriotic War. They say that without the huge losses the Nazis could not be stopped ...
In Berlin operation in 1945 were involved in more than 2.5 million officers and men, 6,250 tanks and self-propelled guns, and 7,500 aircraft. The losses were enormous: according to official figures, one day the Red Army lost over 15,000 soldiers and officers. In total, the Berlin operation, Soviet forces lost 352,000 people.
Flying the flag over the course of the operation ReyhstagomV widely used tanks in the city. In such circumstances, the tanks could not use a maneuver, resulting in becoming an easy target for anti-tank weapons Nazis. It also led to high losses: two weeks fighting the Red Army lost a third of participating in the Berlin operation of tanks and self-propelled guns (SPG), which amounted to 1,997 units. It was also lost 2,108 guns and mortars, and 917 combat aircraft. As a result of the operation, Soviet troops completely destroyed the 70 infantry, 12 tank and 11 motorized divisions of the enemy, captured about 480,000 people.
May 9 1945 Frunze Central Airport landed "Li-2" with a crew of AI Semenkova that brought to Moscow the capitulation of Nazi Germany. A 24 June on Red Square in Moscow Victory Parade was held. The parade marshal , a parade — Marshal .
Marshals of the Soviet Union Zhukov and Rokossovsky during the Victory Parade in Moscow parade march past were mixed regiments fronts: Karelia, Leningrad, 1st Baltic , 3rd, 2nd and 1st Belorussian, the 1st, 4th, 2nd and 3rd Ukrainian, combined regiment of the Navy. In the regiment of the 1st Belorussian Front particular column were representatives of the Polish Army. Ahead of combined regiments fronts were the commanders of the fronts and armies, Heroes of the Soviet Union carried banners illustrious units and formations. The parade ended with a march 200 bearers, who were throwing flags defeated German troops on the platform at the foot of the mausoleum.
Soviet Victory Day over Nazi Germany in the Great Patriotic War was and remains one of the most revered holidays in Russia, and in the CIS countries.