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Monument "Crossing" in Aksay

 Monument 'Crossing' in Aksay

 

 

 

Location: Gulaev street 64-68

 

 

 

 

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Description of the "Crossing" Monument

Aksay like any other town in the region bears scars of the World War II. People still find numerous artifacts from the bygone era in the city itself and its vicinity. Additionally there are numerous monuments dedicated to the years of war that became known as Great Patriotic War. Gulaev street has such monument. It was erected in 1985 and became known simply as "Crossing". It is presented by WWII lorry of ZIS factory with anti- aircraft gun in the back that stands on a white slanted cement slab as a type of pedestal.  It was dedicated to the dramatic events of 1942. German armies took Aksay twice in the years between 1941 and 1943. In 1942 when it became clear that Germans will come back Soviet army command decided to move civilians from both sides of the River Don. Aksay was a natural choice for a crossing due to slow moving waters and fairly narrow river. Thousands of civilians made it across this crossing eastward to safety. German aircrafts did attempt to destroy the makeshift crossing, but many were destroyed in their futile attempt by mobile anti- aircraft batteries of the 3rd Division 485 artillery regiment. Soldiers put their anti- aircraft guns on ZIS trucks and moved around Don River constantly changing their position and inflicting damage on a German Air force or Luftwaffe. Their honorable act and thinking out of the box yearned them gratitude from a residents of Aksay.

 

 

 

 

 


 

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