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Recreation of the first day of the Great Patriotic War in the Brest Fortress

The tragically famous date of 22 June 1941 is forever part of the history of Belarus and the entire world. Even decades later the day when the Great Patriotic War began serves as remembrance of the tragedy that brought pain and suffering to almost every Belarusian family… Following the established tradition the center of the remembrance events was the legendary Brest Fortress that faced the brunt of the enemy’s forces at dawn on 22 June 1941. The ceremony to mark the 74th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War was scheduled to begin at four in the morning. The commemorative meeting was followed by a large-scale historical reenactment of the beginning of the war and the Brest Fortress defense which became the biggest event of the kind in recent years. A theatrical performance at the Kobrin fortification brought together about 15,000 people. Partaking in the reenactment of those legendary events were about 600 members of more than 50 military history clubs from Belarus, Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Estonia, Austria, Germany, Poland and Japan. The reenactment included the most important episodes of the fortress defense. It showed the central fortification, the Eastern fort, the Western island, the 9th frontier outpost which fought near the Terespol Gate. Apart from the battles, the reenactment included the scenes of the imprisonment of women and children, executions of peaceful residents by Nazi invaders. Нeavy military vehicles as legendary T-38 tanks were used in the reenactment. Video

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