DAYS OF MIL­I­TARY HON­OUR

THE BAT­TLE OF SINOP IS AN­NU­ALLY COM­MEM­O­RATED IN RUS­SIA ALONG WITH OTHER OF­FI­CIAL DAYS TO COM­MEM­O­RATE FA­MOUS RUS­SIAN VIC­TO­RIES

History of War - - CRIMEAN WAR -

Rus­sia com­mem­o­rates 17 days every year that each rep­re­sent an out­stand­ing mil­i­tary vic­tory won dur­ing the coun­try’s his­tory. Some of the days are state hol­i­days but the ma­jor­ity are cel­e­brated purely by the armed forces.

The ear­li­est ‘Day of Mil­i­tary Hon­our’ by year is 1242, which com­mem­o­rates Alexan­der Nevsky’s vic­to­ries against the Teu­tonic Livo­nian Or­der at the Bat­tle on the Ice on 18 April. The other Me­dieval day is for the Bat­tle of Ku­likovo, which was fought against the Mon­gols on 21 Septem­ber 1380. Sinop forms one of only two days from the 19th cen­tury, with the other be­ing the far more fa­mous Bat­tle of Borodino against Napoleon on 8 Septem­ber 1812.

The most prom­i­nent days fo­cus around Soviet vic­to­ries dur­ing WWII. The Siege of Len­ingrad and the bat­tles of Kursk, Moscow and Stal­in­grad are all promi­nently com­mem­o­rated while the most im­por­tant days are re­served for May and Novem­ber. On 9 May a state hol­i­day known as ‘Vic­tory Day’ is held in recog­ni­tion of the sur­ren­der of Nazi Ger­many in 1945. The 7 Novem­ber marks the Oc­to­ber Revo­lu­tion Pa­rade that took place dur­ing the Bat­tle of Moscow. The only other state hol­i­day apart from Vic­tory Day is ‘De­fender of the Father­land Day’ on 23 Fe­bru­ary, which com­mem­o­rates the found­ing of the Red Army in 1918 dur­ing the Rus­sian Civil War.

Rus­sian sol­diers cer­e­mo­ni­ally march through Red Square in Moscow to com­mem­o­rate the Oc­to­ber Revo­lu­tion Pa­rade in 1941, 7 Novem­ber 2018

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