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15.05.2012

On-site exhibitions: the Central Museum of The Great Patriotic War

During tours of the exhibition, visitors will not only gain detailed knowledge of yet another ‘Victory Weapon’, but will experience the significance of the 'Professional Day of the Communications Worker' holiday, which occurs two days prior to the 67th Anniversary of the Great Victory.

Mastertel provided these rare telephone devices for everybody to view. They illustrated another bright chapter in the 'holy war' for freedom and independence. All visitors of the museum move through the tour as if in time machine fashion, moving 'back' towards the 1940s. There they will come across various means of communications, which 'served' solidly at designated locations (on the frontline and near frontline command posts as well as on the home-front).

All of these telephone devices provided reliable and stable co-ordination of the actions of a colossal number of people, named concisely and proudly the Soviet People! Through injury and war wounds alike, these devices also witnessed the bloody journey they took with honor and pride on the march to Berlin.

Radio-communications and field telephone communications during the Second World War gave rise to many new army tactics in the Soviet Union and Germany. Changes also took place from Japan to America. Breakthrough movement tactics, the advancement of many mechanized forces, the sending of air-field forces to the enemy’s home-front: all of these measures required the provision of reliable communications between troops and their commanders.

With the arrival of nuclear weapons and other weapons of mass destruction the requirements of connection reliability, accuracy, carrying capacity and secrecy grew rapidly. Communications became an even more important factor in the Russian Military Forces' ability to provide emergency action. And the saying that ‘Communications is a sacred thing, not least in battle…’ is very true.

The Great Patriotic War lasted 1418 days and nights altogether and was truly the most horrific in world history. Comprehension of its tragic aftermath highlights our immense duty never to forget those who sacrificed their lives for the bright future of our homeland. To all of us here, these silent exhibits are not only devices to keep in store. They are priceless. We understand their significance in bringing up future generations. I am sure that every one of today's boys and girls, having set eyes upon some of the devices that took part in the war (still keeping a memory of the blood of its users – our brave military communications workers), will treat this special date in the history of our Country in a very new and special way,’ said Vitaly Ezopov, Executive Director of Mastertel.