In Voronezh, among the cadets of military schools, were just two of the Olympics on military history — Army and international. For the title of best fought 54 teams from Russia and CIS countries. The ceremony was attended by Deputy defense Minister Nikolai Pankov. He handed the best team in the Cup of the Minister of defence of the Russian Federation, valuable prizes and departmental awards. Congratulated the contestants even from space.
Deputy defense Minister Nikolai Pankov at the ceremony of awarding the winners. Photo: MIL.RU
About a thousand fans of military history in uniform gathered in Voronezh theatre of Opera and ballet, which awarded the winners. In addition to students of the Russian military and civilian universities in the competition came the cadets of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan. The organizers of the event made the ceremony very colorful show was shown, for example, pictures of a formation of aircraft in Voronezh, battle scenes from the great Patriotic war and the capture of the Reichstag.
Approximately in the middle of the ceremony appeared on the scene a military communications officer, who reported that a connection was made with the International space station, and Russian cosmonauts also want to congratulate the participants of the Olympiad. On the screen appeared the smiling cosmonauts — flight engineers of the ISS, Andrei Borisenko and Sergei Ryzhikov.
— Nice to see the younger generation know and appreciate the military history of their country. Participation in the competition is a great opportunity to test your knowledge on the history and tactics of the military art, development of weapons and military equipment, — said Borisenko. Then he nudged the microphone, and he weightlessly floated to the second astronaut.
— Be back fighting the Commonwealth and protect our common Ground, she’s so fragile — catching microphone, said Sergey Ryzhikov.
Applause greeted the words of the astronauts.
Speaking about the competition itself, the historical battle took place in three rounds. In the first, participants had to show knowledge of the history of wars and military art, the role of generals, admirals, military leaders, history of armament and military equipment of the armed forces of States-participants of CIS. Many questions were connected with the Soviet history and the history of the Soviet Armed forces. The second round tested knowledge of the events of the great Patriotic war. Competition tasks of the third round contained questions in the field of military cooperation of the CIS, as well as the history of relations between peoples and countries of the CIS.
The most prestigious award of the Olympics in the absolute team championship went to the team from the Military University (Moscow). The Cup of the Minister of defence of the Russian Federation — Chairman of the Council of defense Ministers of States-participants of the CIS the winners of the International Olympiad of cadets on military history was presented by the state Secretary — Deputy defense Minister Nikolai Pankov. Second was the team of the Military Academy of the Republic of Belarus, the third — the team of the Armenian Armed forces.
— Our Olympics is held under the motto “Know the story — love the country”. This is no accident. Knowledge of history is a powerful fundamental and citizenship, and patriotism, and love for the Fatherland, and respect for fellow citizens, and self-respect, — said Pankow after the award ceremony. — Finally, today as never before, for perhaps several years, that story has become a real tool large and very complex policy. The story became a specific tool of information warfare. Deep, thorough knowledge of the history allows every person simpler to navigate the difficult issues of our time, to seek and find answers.
According to him, the depth of knowledge of military history, demonstrated by the contestants, said that Russian universities and universities of the CIS countries very thoroughly and soundly taught. As for Russia, the country’s leadership and the defense Ministry pay very serious attention to education, said Pankov.