“How many soldiers died along the roads. Who counted, who counted … “

“How many soldiers died along the roads. Who counted, who counted … “

The All-Ukrainian expedition Barvenkovsky Kotel-1942 took place in the fall of 2017, and it yielded excellent results: the Union of People’s Memory found the remains of 43 soldiers, over 10 days. But, as we well know, this is only a tiny fraction of those who perished here. This is the tail of a subsequence search in the same area:

Last weekend, Kharkov search teams found the remains of 10 Red Army soldiers. They were buried at a depth of 70 cm, neatly folded with a “jack.” We were able to identify them as Red Army soldiers because of their boots. After that, we spent exhumation the soldiers who were in the grave.

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Searches also found the following items near the burial site: a box of tooth powder (1), a gas mask kit with a degasser bottle and a box with spare lenses (2), a universal cartridge pouch from SVT-38/40 (3), a fragment of a medical flask ( 4), a dangerous razor (5), a fragment of the mouthpiece (6), buttons from underwear.

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The most significant find was a personal identification mark (PIM), which the researchers identified during the clearing of the remains under number 8. His name was Kornienko Sergey Ilyich (born in 1913, a native of the village of Ekaterinovka of the Salsky district of the Rostov region). The search for relatives of the fighter is being conducted.

Read: Two meters underground

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          Soviet soldier.

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 A personal identification mark (PIM).

 

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“It took me almost a whole day to work on this burial ..” says Maxim Lepeev, deputy commander of Vostok. – “The group is very tired, but the result justified our efforts. We found a PIM, we returned at least one dead person from nonexistence! Now we really hope to find his relatives …”. https://unm.org.ua/ 

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