Book on Panfilov’s Guardsmen is published on the eve of 75th anniversary of Great Victory
A unique book “Panfilov’s Guardsmen: our pride, our glory” about the Panfilov Division's Twenty-Eight Guardsmen was published in anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory. The book contains previously unknown stories and biographies of regiments and military units of the Panfilov division. The famous historian Laila Akhmetova conducted a detailed research to collect these documents by studying materials in the Kazakh Central State Archive, the Central Archive of the Russian Defense Ministry in Podolsk, the Scientific Archive of the Institute of Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Kyrgyz Central State Archives.
The author said that the first part, scientific part, of the book contains only archival materials, collecting stories of the days of fierce fighting of the Panfilov division and its regiments. Documentary chronicle occupies a third of the publication. The following chapters describe the fate of soldiers and commanders of the Panfilov division. The focus is on the first troops who went to the front in seven echelons from Alma-Ata on August 18 and 19, 1941.
The work was published with the help of the Foundation of the First President of Kazakhstan and the Eurasian Academy of Television and Radio.
“This collection is quite relevant to the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory in the WWII. The work closely echoes the need to actualize the problem of patriotic education of young generations on the example of the heroic deeds of our compatriots. We believe that such works contribute to preservation and memory of the war as well as reflection in the national identity of our people,” said spokesperson for the foundation in Almaty Sergey Tokhtarov.
The presentation of the new book was international and held online. The event was attended by scientists, writers, journalists, relatives of Panfilov heroes, representatives of embassies, search teams from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine, Belarus and Uzbekistan.
The publication is planned to be presented in ten more cities of Kazakhstan as well as in Russia and Kyrgyzstan.