Rich homage was paid to the valiant heroes of the Soviet Army in the Battle of Kursk by speakers at a solemn function organised at the Russian Centre of Science and Culture (RCSC), New Delhi, on August 19, 2019.
The function was aimed at marking the 76th Anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet Army in the Battle of Kursk (July 5th to August 23, 1943).
A Photo Exhibition “Kursk Salient” was also opened on the occasion. After the official part of the function, a film was also screened.
The distinguished guests included Mr. Shekhar Dutt, IAS (Retd), former Governor of Chandigar State and former Defence Secretary, Government of India, Major Dalbir Singh, Co-Chairman of the International Organisation “Assembly of of the Peoples of EURASIA”, National Secretary of the All-India Congress Committee, Mr. R. N. Anil, Founder-President of India-Russia Foundation, and others. Mr. Fedor Rozovskiy, Director, RCSC, also participated in the function.
At the outset, Mr. Vasilii Shagap, Chief Coordinator (Information & Culture), RCSC, in his welcome remarks, traced in minute detail the historical background of the Kursk Battle, the heavy damage caused in its wake, and the courage and sacrifice displayed by the Soviet Army.
Hailing the commendable fortitude shown by the Soviet Army, Mr. Shekhar Dutt narrated the unsuccessful German assault on the Soviet Salient around the city of Kursk in Western Russia during World War II. At the height of the battle on July 12, the Soviets began to counter-attack having built by then a marked preponderance of both troops and tanks, he said. Paying glowing tributes to the heroic Soviet Army, Mr. Shekhar recalled the supreme sacrifice made by the army for mankind and called upon the new generation to remember them with due reverence.
Describing in broad detail the different facets of World War II, Major Dalbir Singh said that Kursk Battle was a World War II engagement between German and Soviet troops on the Eastern Front near Kursk (450 km or 260 miles) south-west of Moscow in the USSR. He continued saying that the Soviets commenced the Kursk Strategic Offensive Operation against the rear of the German forces in the northern side. Likewise, the Soviets launched the counter-attack on the southern side, too. Describing the Kursk Battle as the largest tank battle, Major Dalbir Singh noted that the battle marked the decisive end of the German offensive capacity on the Eastern Front and cleared the way for the Great Soviet offensive of 1944-1945.
Concluding the event the documentary movie "The greatest tank battle in the history" was showcased to the guests of the RCSC.