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War Monument, Skierniewice, Skierniewicki, Łódzkie, Poland

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Location Category ID: 16332
Added to Database: July 2008
Last Edited: 9 April 2012
Address: Henryka Sienkiewicza, 96-100 Skierniewice
Telephone:
Email:
Opening Times: Accessible at any time
Official Website:
Other Links: Geocaching.com
Skierniewice.com
Latitude, Longitude: 51.9659 , 20.148267
Location Accuracy: 10
Tanks Previously Here:


On 17 January 1945 in the morning Soviet tanks entered Skierniewice; one of them was hit in the vicinity of the railway station, as a result of the hit the entire crew perished (source: Skierniewice.com). That tank now forms part of a monument to the liberation of the town from the Nazi occupation.
During the Communist era there was a scandal when a group returning from a night’s celebrations turned the tank’s turret so that it was directed toward the nearest building. The police began an investigation but the perpetrators of the crime were not caught. The turret was welded in position. (Source: Geocaching.com).
For many years the celebration of the anniversary of the liberation from Nazi occupation was held at the monument. Since the end of the Communist era there has been some controversy over linking the celebrations to a symbol of Soviet occupation.
The monument consists of a tank mounted on a sloped stone plinth. On the front of the plinth a plaque reads:

POLEGLI NA POLU CHWAŁY
PODCZAS WYZWALANIA SKIERNIEWIC
17 STYCZNIA 1945 ROKU
ŻOŁNIERZE GWARDII ARMII RADZIECKIEJ

MŁ. LEJTNANT GWARDII KAROL PARFENOWICZ STIOPKIN
ST. SIERŻANT EUGENIUSZ FEDOROWICZ KROSZKIN
ST. SIERŻANT MIKOŁAJ NIKIFOROWICZ SZADUROW
SIERŻANT PIOTR ALEKSANDROWICZ WARANKIN
SZEREGOWIEC IWAN FEDOROWICZ KORABIEJNIKOW
SZEREGOWIEC WASYL WASYLEWICZ ZAZIMKO
SZEREGOWIEC MURABEK ALPIJEW
SZEREGOWIEC KURBAN MUSTAFAJEW

CZEŚĆ I CHWAŁA BOHATERSKIM WYZWOLICIELOM
SPOŁECZEŃSTWO MIASTA
KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY
DURING THE LIBERATION OF SKIERNIEWICE
17 JANUARY 1945
SOVIET GUARDS ARMY SOLDIERS

JUNIOR LIEUTENANT GUARD CHARLES PARFENOWICZ STIOPKIN
SENIOR SERGEANT EUGENE FEDOROWICZ KROSZKIN
STAFF SERGEANT NICHOLAS NIKIFOROWICZ SZADUROW
SERGEANT PETER ALEXANDROVICH WARANKIN
PRIVATE IVAN FEDOROVICH KORABIEJNIKOW
PRIVATE VASILI VASIL'EVICH ZAZIMKO
PRIVATE MURABEK ALPIJEW
PRIVATE KURBAN MUSTAFAJEW

TO THE HONOUR AND GLORY OF THE HEROIC LIBERATORS

THE TOWN COMMUNITY

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August 2007

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Taken: 8 August 2007
Contributor: R. Gucwa
Location Photo ID: 707
Added: 9 April 2012
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Plaque
2: Plaque

Taken: 8 August 2007
Contributor: R. Gucwa
Location Photo ID: 708
Added: 9 April 2012
Views: 32
Has Priority: 0