PARTICIPATION OF THE SOUTHWEST OPERATIONAL TEAM OF GUARDS MORTAR UNITS IN FIGHTING IN THE PERIOD FROM OCTOBER 1941 TO JANUARY 1942: EVALUATIONS AND CONCLUSIONS
Ashcheulov Oleg Evgen'evich Institute of the Russian History of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Moscow
Abstract. The publication is devoted to one of the symbols of the weapon of the Soviet Union victory in the Great Patriotic War - the rocket launchers BM-8 and BM-13 "Katyusha" - and evaluation of their use within the Southwest operational team of Guards mortar units in October 1941 - January 1942. The author publishes a declassified document from the Central Archives of the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation "Summary of Rockets Application in the Southwestern Front" for the first time.
Key words and phrases: Великая Отечественная война, гвардейские минометные части, "Катюша", боевое применение, Юго-Западный фронт, The Great Patriotic War, Guards mortar units, "Katyusha", deployment, Southwestern Front.
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