Chronicle of war:

Sunday, December 08, 2013
Best regards of the day to Grigory Trofimovich Tolyaev!
The team of Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre wishes a very Happy Birthday to Grigory Trofimovich Tolyaev
Sunday, October 27, 2013
Our Happy Birthday Congratulations to Nina Semyonovna Vershinina!

Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre sincerely congratulates Nina Vershinina on her birthday.

Friday, May 10, 2013
The Great Victory Day at Sokolniki

Festive events, dedicated to the 68th anniversary of the Great Victory Day were held at Sokolniki park and Sokolniki Exhibition and Convention Centre. You can watch our photo report to see how the ceremonial march, concert performances and special events went

Wednesday, May 08, 2013
1 day left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

“All preparations for the 9th May Victory Parade are complete,” Vladimir Chirkin, Commander of the Russian Grand Forces, reported yesterday. He supervised the general rehearsal of the Moscow military parade. He inspected the ranks and files“ maneuvers switching from one formation to another, getting ready to march Russia’s main square

Tuesday, May 07, 2013
2 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Andrei Yeryomenko was one of the most outstanding military commanders of the Great Patriotic War. He commanded the troops at the Smolensk Direction during the defense of Moscow and through to the Great Victory. During the first two years of the war, he alternately commanded the Western Front, the Bryansk Front, the North-Western Front, and the Southwestern (Stalingrad) Front.

Monday, May 06, 2013
3 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Many soviet tankmen received highest military awards for courage and heroism during the Great Patriotic War. One of the most famous tankwomen was Maria Oktyabrskaya who had built a T-34 on her own savings and called it the Combat Girlfriend to become the driver of the machine.

Sunday, May 05, 2013
4 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

In mid-July 1942, the enemy broke into the big bend of the Don. The Soviet troops in fierce defensive battles delayed the enemy's advance, but Stalingrad was still in danger. The city under the direction of the Stalingrad party organization was preparing for the defense. The soldiers and people were building fortifications on the outskirts of the city. Armed units were set up in the enterprises

Saturday, May 04, 2013
5 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Litvyak was one of the bravest and efficient women-destroyers during Great Patriotic War. This girl was not only a fighter pilot, but a commander of the air flight. The title of the Soviet Union Hero was given to her posthumously. At the age of incomplete 22 years Lidiya Vladimirovna had died in the battle over Mius-front.

Friday, May 03, 2013
6 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Considerable role in the victory over the fascists was played by the Soviet Navy fighters, Alexander Shabalin being one of the brightest among them. The future rear-admiral, twice Soviet Union Hero was born in Arkhangelsk province in a peasant family. Before participation in Great Patriotic War he became experienced in fighting during Soviet-Finnish war.

Thursday, May 02, 2013
7 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

On the 31st December 1942 the Central united film studio has released a comedy "Antosha Rybkin" on screens. The director of the movie was Konstantin Yudin, and the main star was Boris Chirkov. The movie was dedicated to the war deeds of the cook-fighter Antosha Rybkin, the hero of the "War movie collection" № 3

Wednesday, May 01, 2013
8 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

In Murmansk the war began on June 29, 1941. Active military operations in the North began a week later than in other front parts. Operation to capture Murmansk and Polyarny (with the subsequent capture of Arkhangelsk), the Germans called Silver Fox. Fascists were particularly interested in the number of neither their ships, nor ours. Just like on the Baltic and the Black Sea, they hoped to take our bases on the Barents Sea from the land. And also with lightning speed.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013
9 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Warming up for the upcoming Victory Day, Channel 1 Russia has launched a documentary series about the great Patriotic War heroes. One of the latest episodes tells the story of Mikhail Bulatov, Hero of the Soviet Union.

Monday, April 29, 2013
10 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Mikhail Odintsov is not only a famous soviet writer, but also Twice Hero of the Soviet Union, Honorary Air Force Pilot of the Soviet Union, colonel general of the USSR Air Force. During the war, he downed fourteen enemy aircrafts, an unparalleled record for storm trooper pilots.

Sunday, April 28, 2013
11 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

In 1965, in honour of the twentieth anniversary of the Great Patriotic War Victory it was decided to confer the title of the Hero-City onto Leningrad. Up until then the city was awarded the Order of Lenin and the Golden Star Medal.

Saturday, April 27, 2013
12 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

She is Protecting Her Motherland is a feature film about a soviet woman fighting a guerilla war with the Nazi invaders. The film was directed by Friedrich Ermler in 1943 at the Central United Film Studio in Alma-Ata. The movie was released on May 20th, 1943.

Friday, April 26, 2013
13 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

One of the first books, dedicated to the Great Patriotic War, was Viktor Nekrasov’s In the Trenches of Stalingrad, telling the story of the city’s heroic defense in 1942-1943. The novel was first published in The Znamya (“The Colours”) magazine in 1946.

Thursday, April 25, 2013
14 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

On February 27th, 1943, private Aleksandr Matrosov and his comrades of the 2nd Battalion of the 91st Separate Rifle Brigade of the 22nd Army of the Kalinin Front received an order to engage an enemy base near the village of Chernushki in Pskov Oblast. As soon as the comrades emerged on an edge of a forest, they were caught up in heavy submachine gunfire – three enemy earth-and-timber emplaced submachine guns were covering the avenues of approach to the village

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
15 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

The Camp Follower is a soviet movie released a year after the war, based on Valentin Katayev’s novel of the same name. According to the plot, during the Great Patriotic War some Red Army soldiers pick up an orphan boy, who does not want to go to the rear and becomes the battery’s reconnaissance man. When the whole crew is KIA Vanya is sent to the Suvorov Military School, to later take part in military parades in the Red Square. The film was directed by Vasily Pronin and starred by Yura Yankin, playing the part of Vanya Solntsev

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
16 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Another Hero City of the Great Patriotic War is Tula. The title was conferred onto it by the order of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union in 1976. In the tough autumn of 1941, the city became Moscow’s major south outpost.

Monday, April 22, 2013
17 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

In the last year of the Great Patriotic War the 6 O’clock in the Evening After the War feature film, directed by Ivan Pyryevoi, was released. The romantic and poetical movie reflected not only the chronicles of the war, but also the atmosphere of the period, the people’s faith in the swift victory and peaceful life ever after. The naïve lovers are separated for several years by the war, but as Fate would have it, Vasily Kudryashov, an artilleryman and Varya Pankova, an anti-aircraft gunner are destined to happily reunite thereafter at their old meeting place. Marina Ladynina and Yevgeny Samoilov starred the movie.

Sunday, April 21, 2013
18 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Battle for the Caucasus began in late July 1942. Over the year Novorossiysk remained one of the important areas of that struggle. The defense of Novorossiysk began in late August. Here, the troops of the 47th Army, the Black Sea Fleet and Azov Flotilla sailors, partisans and underground fighters bravely fought

Saturday, April 20, 2013
19 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

In 1943, the Tashkent Film Studio released the Two Soldiers feature movie. The film was shot during the WWII mass evacuation. The legendary film by director Leonid Lukov is based on Lev Slavin’s My Fellow Countrymen novel. It is a story of a true battlefield friendship between Arkady Dzyubin, a cheerful and good-natured Odessa guy, and Sasha Svintsov, aka "Sash from Uralmash"; a story full of humour, goodness, and a true understanding of a soldier’s life. That’s why the movie has won the sympathies of many soviet people. The Two Soldiers was the first film to proclaim the universal truth: during a war, not only do you fight but you also live…

Friday, April 19, 2013
20 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

Only two people were the Fourfold Heroes of the Soviet Union. We have already told you about one of them, Marshal Zhukov, and now it is high time to remember the other one – Leonid Brezhnev.

Thursday, April 18, 2013
21 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

The heroic defence of the Brest Fortress began on the very first day of the Great Patriotic War. The enemy expected to take the fortress by a swift assault. However, the Nazi only managed to capture the bridges over the Bug River, to break into the town of Brest, and to come close to the walls of the fortress. Nevertheless, the enemy attempt to take the fortress on the run failed.

Wednesday, April 17, 2013
22 days left till the Great Patriotic War Victory Day

The most famous WWII films hit the soviet cinemas in 1960-s. However, a few formidable chefs d’oeuvre had been shot during the war. The shooting of the first series, entitled “Combat Cinecollection”, had started practically during the first days of the invasion. The first episode, divided into two novellas – A Dream Come True and The Three in the Shell Hole, appeared on August 2nd, 1941.


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