Units of the 17th Division of the People’s Militia of the Moskvoretskiy District of Moscow Were Formed in This Building in 1941

The 17th Moscow Division of the People’s Militia of the Moskvoretskiy district was a military unit of the Red Army of the USSR Armed Forces that took part in the Great Patriotic War. The division was formed on July 6, 1941 at the Plekhanov Moscow Institute of National Economy. In total, more than 7,000 volunteers signed up for the People’s militia of the Moskvoretskiy district. The first commander was Colonel of the Moscow Military District P.S. Kozlov. On July 9, the division marched through Kaluga Square along Kaluga and Warsaw highways from Moscow in the south-western direction. By the evening of the same day, the division had reached a field camp located in the villages of Letovo and Sosenki. In the camp, the division was replenished with volunteers from the Lublino and Kashira districts of the Moscow region, as well as employees of enterprises of Pavlovskiy Posad. On July 18, the division was transferred to the construction of the Mozhaisk line of defence, in the Ilyinskoye –Sergeyevka area. On July 21, weapons, uniforms, and shoes were received. On July 31, after the creation of the Reserve Front, the division as part of the 33rd Army was concentrated in the area of Spas-Demensk. On August 1, the division occupied positions southwest of the Warsaw Highway along the Yablonovo – Podlesnaya – Krisilino – Osinovka line. On August 8, at the village of Palkovo, the division received banners and took the oath. On August 26, the division was transferred to the organization and staffing of the reduced rifle division. On September 19, the division was transformed into the 17th Infantry Division, which subsequently participated in many combat operations.

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