Sculpture group “Wounded Commander” dedicated to the events of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945.
In 1977, during the construction of the Sofia cinema, the Bulgarian authorities presented the city with several sculptures, among which was the sculpture group “Wounded Commander”. It is dedicated to the feat of the Soviet military of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. The most severe consequences of the Great Patriotic War for the Soviet Union are its human losses – military personnel and civilians, amounting to 26.6 million people. This figure was obtained as a result of extensive statistical research by demographers and the subsequent work (in the late 80s of the XX century) of the state commission for the clarification of human losses. It was published in a rounded form (“almost 27 million people”) at a solemn meeting of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on May 8, 1990, dedicated to the 45th anniversary of the Victory of the Soviet Union in the Great Patriotic War. In the specified number of total human losses (26.6 million people) include soldiers and partisans killed in battle and died of wounds and diseases, died of hunger, civilians were killed during bombing, artillery shelling and punitive actions, prisoners of war shot and tortured in concentration camps, underground workers, as well as workers, peasants and employees who were stolen for hard labor. The monument is a bronze sculptural group consisting of three male figures – two soldiers carry a wounded commander in their arms. The figures are slightly larger than life size, but the plastic mass of the bodies is visually weighted. The mighty torsos, massive, heavy arms and legs of the vertical figures are strained to the limit, they forcefully hold the lifeless body of a man. This burden is too heavy, not so much by its physical weight, but by the tragic inevitability of death. The sculptural group is located on a pedestal made of concrete blocks.
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