Units of the 2nd Moscow Rifle Division of the People’s Militia Were formed in This Building in 1941

The 2nd Moscow Rifle Division was created in October 1941 after the Vyazma operation, when the threat of capture by the Wehrmacht hung over Moscow. As a result of the reorganization of the workers’ and fighter battalions, four Moscow Rifle divisions were created. The 2nd Moscow Rifle Division was formed on October 18 at the expense of a significant proportion of the personnel of the 242nd Rifle Division, replenishments received from the military enlistment offices of Moscow and the Moscow region, personnel of the 1st Air Defence Corps. Initially, the division was formed as a division of the people’s militia. It was based on the directives of the command of the Moscow Military District. On October 21, 1941, № 109065 and on November 4, 1941, № 0047 it was renamed the 2nd Moscow Rifle Division. On October 23, the division took up defence on the southwestern and southern outskirts of the city, at the Poklonnaya Gora–Potylikha–Vorobyovo border. One of the regiments supported detachments of fighter battalions that defended the Shchukino–Kuntsevo–Ramenki–Nizhniye Kotly–Petrushino strip. A separate motorcycle battalion was located on the Potylikha. On October 24, the advanced detachments of the division entered combat operations in the area of Kiovo, Lobnya. The anti–tank fighter division, by order of the command, took up defence along the Setun–Fili – Aminevo – Troitse-Golenishchevo line to Khoroshevskiy highway. On November 7, 1941, it took part in the parade of troops in Red Square. Directly from the parade, the units went to their defensive lines and firing positions. Later, on January 19, 1942, the division was renamed the 129th Rifle Division (2nd formation).

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