( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2020-05-25 15:16:02 )
The theme of this armored run is battle of Kursk that took place in summer of 1943. "Road of Courage" participants include military-patriotic organizations and military museums from Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus, as well as representatives from Russian National Guard and Donetsk people's Republic Ministry of defense. They will be driving demilitarized vehicles along the following route: Moscow — Tula — Orel — Kursk — Prokhorovka — Belgorod — Moscow.
The convoy will include restored equipment that was previously in service within the Soviet army: BRDM-1, BRDM-2, BTR-40, BTR-80, as well as military vehicles like ZIS 151, ZIL 131, GAZ-69, ZIL 164, UAZ 469, BM-13 («Katuysha»). In each of the cities, flowers will be laid at memorials of fallen Soviet soldiers, participants will visit places of glory, as well as a presentation of armored vehicles will be held with their backstory told.
In 2020, the Patriotic campaign "Road of Courage" was included in the Plan of major events for the Year of memory and glory in Russia, developed by decree of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"[Participants of] The armored race will drive military machinery restored according to the original blueprints. This machinery is now a monument to the time when it had to solve complex tasks to protect the borders of our country. We will again ride on the roads where our grandfathers and great-grandfathers heroically defended and later advanced, protecting their Homeland and saving the world from the most terrible disease of the XX century. We are glad that on the 75th anniversary of Victory, the race will not be canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic and will take place in the previously scheduled time", said the project organizer, head of the Interregional public organization for the promotion of the study and operation of military equipment (MROO SIEVT) "Military-Technical Society" Alexey Migalin.
The Pavlodar search group "Panfilovshylar" (Kazakhstan) and the Historical and cultural complex "Stalin's Line" (Belarus) have already confirmed their participation in the "Road of Courage".
The Plan of the main events for the year of memory and glory in Russia in 2020 included another annual event of the "Military-Technical Society", the record holder of the Book of records of Russia (2017) — the "Kerch landing". The Kerch Strait will be crossed by armored vehicles. The action is held in the memory of Soviet soldiers and sailors of the Black sea fleet who died during the Kerch-Eltigen operation in 1943.
The “Road of Courage” armoured race is the main event of the Military-Technical Society, an Interregional public organization that promotes studying and operation of military equipment.
The Military-Technical Society held the first "Road of courage" race in June 2017. In five days, a convoy of 15 units of demilitarized equipment passed through the cities of Odintsovo – Golitsyno — Mozhaisk — Vyazma — Smolensk — Orsha — Borisov — Minsk — Baranovichi — Kobrin — Brest, located in Russia and Belarus. Rallies were held in these towns and flowers were laid at memorials of fallen Soviet soldiers. Participants of the action set a record in the Russian Book of records as the longest speed march made on armored vehicles. The length of the route was more than 2.3 thousand km (1429 mi).
In 2017, another event was carried out by the Military-Technical Society. M-TS was again mentioned in the Book of Russian national records — for forcing armored vehicles through the Kerch Strait.
In 2018, our society carried out another "Road of courage" armored race through the cities of Russia and Belarus. In 2019, the convoy passed along this route: Moscow — Tver — Valdai — Veliky Novgorod — Saint Petersburg — Torzhok, covering 1.5 thousand km (932 mi).
In 2019, the armoured race took place along a new route: Moscow — Saint Petersburg — Moscow and was timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of Leningrad siege termination.