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The modernized Marat, as the first of the class to be refitted, took the lead in showing the flag. On July 25, 1935 she is reported to have rammed and sank the Soviet submarine, Tovarisch. She made a visit to Gydnia, Poland in September of that year. In May and June 1937 Marat represented the Soviet Union for the Spithead Naval Revue on the coronation of King George VI. During the "Winter War" with Finland 1939-1940, Marat shelled Finnish positions at Saarepaa and Koivisto. When the Germans invaded the Soviet Union in June 1941, Marat was moved from Reval, further East to Kronstadt. She was there on September 23, 1941 when she was attacked by Ju-87 Stuka dive bombers. A hit by a 1,000 kg bomb detonated her forward 12 inch magazine, blowing off the bow as far aft as B turret. The forward superstructure and A turret were totally destroyed. Although she remained on the bottom her C and D turrets were still operational. They along with the repaired B turret acted as battery defending Leningrad, during that city’s horrific siege. She was decommissioned in her sunken condition in 1943 and reverted to her former name of Petropavlovsk. After the war she was raised and on November 28, 1950 became the stationary training ship, Volkhov. She was scrapped in 1952. (History of Marat is from Battleships of World War Two by M. J. Whitley and Soviet Warship Development, Volume 1: 1917-1937 by Siegfried Breyer.)
Kurt_Steiner wrote:I'm not an expert in Rudel, but the data mentioned here si pretty similar to the one I've found in several sources. So, there may be some kind of true in it.
C'mon guys this was Germany's best WWII combatant.
Juha Hujanen wrote:Well,there is doubt that Rudel was very brave.he was shot down 32 times
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