Feats of Russian soldiers during the First World War
• Feats of Russian soldiers during the First World War
In November last year, it was exactly 100 years since the First World War. She was named the world is not accidental. As a result of large-scale armed conflict ceased to exist four Empire, killed 10 million soldiers and around 12 million civilians. Today we tell about two unrelated stories that demonstrate the truly fantastic feats of Russian soldiers.
1. Pike eleven German
Today of the heroism of Don Cossack Kozma Kryuchkov few people remember, but once the Russian troops gained fame as the hero of all Russia. Cossack could excel at the very beginning of the war July 30, 1914. On this day, Kryuchkov along with three fellow soldiers attacked the German cavalry patrol, consisting of 27 dragoons.
Despite the far superior forces of the enemy force Cossacks did not panic and went on the attack.
First Kryuchkov wanted to use a rifle, but the cartridge jammed. The case went to the sword. Realizing that his sword hard work Cossack grabbed an enemy soldier peak and personally "packed" 11 German cavalrymen.
Comrades Kryuchkov also did not panic and killed the remaining German soldiers, and only three managed to escape from the battlefield. Kryuchkov was sixteen stab wounds from the peak and sabers, but managed to get to the camp. All four have been awarded the highest order of award - Cross of St. George the fourth degree.
Going on a short vacation Kryuchkov again soon went to the front, and has successfully passed all of the First World War and was re-awarded the George Cross. Unfortunately, luck is not always accompanied by the Don Cossacks. In 1919, Kryuchkov was killed during the Civil War.
2. "Attack of the Dead"
In September 1914 the Germans began a siege of the fortress of Osowiec, which is now located on the territory of present-day Poland. Osowiec was strategically important transport hub between St. Petersburg and Prussia. At a distance of several tens of kilometers ran impassable swamps in which German soldiers with horse-drawn carts just could not get through. Soon after the first assault on the fortress was taken by the Germans. Despite the numerical superiority of the German army (about six times), managed to defend the Russian Osowiec.
The second attack took place in the beginning of 1915. At this time the Germans were more thoroughly. By the fortress came 17 batteries of powerful guns, including four 420-mm "Big Bertha." During the week, the Germans bombarded the fortress. All were released about 250,000 shells every eighth hit the target.
The German command decided that after such a powerful bombardment die most of the defenders. But in some incredible way Russian soldiers have once again managed to fight back and destroy a couple dozen guns (including two "Big Bertha"). Stunned enemies were forced to retreat. The third and final attempt to attack the fortress was made only after five months in July. Taught by bitter experience the Germans decided to go the other way and apply the latest Russian military invention of the time - a chemical weapon. All against five companies 226 Strawberry regiment withstood 14 battalions of German infantry, thirty superheavy guns and thirty batteries with poison gas.
The fortress was fired with deadly chlorine cylinders. Giant toxic green cloud, from which even the grass was black, covered Osovets. By the way, the first masks in Russia were established only in late 1915, just after the event. By all the laws of logic, then all the Russian soldiers had to die in agony.
Considering that the fortress alive no one left on the offensive went seven regiments of German infantry. What was their surprise when out of the gate Osovets ran balances 13 226 companies of the regiment - about sixty dying, but bursting into battle Russian soldiers. This event is so plunged the Germans in shock, most of them fled in terror from the rewind bloody gauze bandages Russian fighters. Later this unique in its own way battle will be remembered as "Attack of the Dead."