Remains of Kazakh WWII soldier reburied at homeland
The remains of a Kazakh soldier Umirzak Kazankapov, who died during the Second World War near Smolensk, were delivered by a special plane to Semei, reported Kazakh Defense Ministry press service.
“The remains of the soldier were found by “Cobalt” search team of the Moscow public organization “Search” during a field trip to the territory of Tyomkinsky district, Smolensk region. The identity of the soldier was established based on the well-preserved form of a soldier’s medallion of 1925,” said the ministry.
Personal belongings of the deceased soldier were handed over to his relatives. They involved a helmet, a sapper shovel, a soap dish, a cup, a medallion, a framed insert, a historical background and a medal with documents.
Umirzak Kazankapov died on August 14, 1942, when he served in 120th separate infantry brigade and took part in the First Rzhev–Sychyovka Offensive Operation. Only after 78 years, his relatives found out about the place of his death.
The soldier’s remains were reburied with military honors in the city cemetery.