A guide was published in Krasnoyarsk Krai about local residents from Northern Russia who took part in the Great Patriotic War

В Красноярском крае издали справочник о северянах, участниках Великой Отечественной войны

The electronic version of the guide contains over 5,000 names.

A digital guide of Taymyr and Norilsk residents who took part in the Great Patriotic War has published in Krasnoyarsk Territory for the 75th anniversary of the Victory. It contains more than 5,000 names, the Dudinki mayor's office press service told TASS on Monday.

"This bibliographical reference, entitled "Taymyr. Names of Victory," was carried out throughout 2019 and contains 5,400 names," representatives of the city administration said.

This unique publication contains information about participants in WWII who were born in Taymyr and were conscripted from the Arctic settlements of Dudinka and Norilsk as well as those who settled here after the war. The reference was compiled by employees of Dudinka's centralized library system.

Taymyr is the only territory beyond the Urals that faced a battle with German forces. In August 1942, defenders of the port of Dixon fought off an attack by the German heavy cruiser Admiral Scheer, thereby foiling German plans to disrupt Soviet shipping along the Northern Sea Route.

Some 50 military units were put together in Krasnoyarsk that then went on to take part in the Great Patriotic War; these ranged from rifle divisions and aviation squadrons to communications battalions and special automotive regiments. The most famous of them are the 17th Guards Rifle Division, the 309th Rifle Division, and the 78th Volunteer Brigade. The 374th, 378th, and 382nd Rifle Divisions fought outside of Leningrad. 1941 saw complete annihilation of the 91st Rifle Division that had been part of the standing army, then in 1942 the 228th and 301st Divisions, which were drafted from the residents of the region, were completely destroyed.

Source: TASS