Came in the Soviet Union caused the war to mobilize the entire population of the vast country. One went to the front, others worked in the rear. Their contribution to the common cause made and 12-year-old boy from a village near Moscow, Soviet soldiers who gave their favorite skis.

Similar to the plot of the movie history of the ski, today stored in the Museum of defense of Moscow — in a joint material and the Agency “Moscow”.

Hitler planned to capture Moscow in three to four months after the invasion of the Soviet Union not to allow the Soviet army time to regroup and prepare. Despite the strength of the Germans and their rapid advance in the first month of the war, the Soviet army managed to hold them at the borders of Moscow. A huge role was played by the battle of Smolensk, which lasted exactly two months — from 10 July to 10 September 1941. The Soviet army won necessary for the defense of the capital time, but paid an incredibly high price — on the battlefield left nearly 500 thousand soldiers. The battle for Moscow began on September 30, 1941.

the soldiers of the Soviet army two months, kept the enemy on the outskirts of the capital, and on 5 December 1941 counterattacked. First we went to attack the army of the Kalinin front, and the next day — connect the Western and South-Western fronts. Already on 8 December the German high command gave his soldiers the order to suspend the attack and to defend the already achieved positions. Soviet soldiers pulled hard at the enemy meter by meter of our native land — every day they pushed the Germans from the capital.

the offensive of the Soviet army had more than a million soldiers, each behind the front line were family and friends. One of those who first defended Moscow from the Nazis, and then drove them away from the capital, was a Soviet army soldier Gregory Patrocin.

the First days of 1942 Gregory S. met in the small village of fedorino, Moscow region (today it is part of the Kaluga region). The winter was not only very cold (the first day of the Soviet counterattack, the temperature was about 30 degrees below zero), but snow — foot soldiers fell into deep drifts.

Patrocin accidentally met in the village 12-year-old boy in the hands of carrying skis. “Take them, — said the boy soldier. — When you get to Berlin, kill Hitler, and then come back.” The soldier gave the boy the honest soldier’s word to return them back and asked his name. The owner of the ski called Nicky Borisov.

For an adult soldier kids skis If was too small, but still helped him to go in the snow. Soon, a part in which he served Grigory Sergeyevich, was sent to re-form in Maloyaroslavets. All the way to this city from the village of fedorino — about 35 miles — of Patrocin passed on these skis.

In Maloyaroslavets Gregory Khrushchev and his comrades were stationed in the house of Fyodor Bocharov. When the soldiers came the order to go to the front (they were deployed on the Kursk bulge), Pokroky left ski to the custody of the master of the house and told him the story of meeting with Nicky and the oath given to the boy. Bocharov imbued with the story of a soldier and promised to keep skiing until his return.

And the soldiers continued their combat, fought at Kursk, liberated Poland and Ukraine, took Wittenberg. With his comrades he came to Berlin, and victory has met in Prague. Home to Moscow a war hero returned in 1948 with 12 military awards.

After the war came a difficult time of rebuilding the country, have come new problems and concerns. However, all this time Patrocin remembered the broken promise the boy a stake.

Only in August 1978, Grigory Sergeyevich returned to Maloyaroslavets, where he left the ski for storage. Despite the intervening years, this little town has not changed, and to find that the house was not difficult. The door was opened by a woman. Grigory Sergeyevich told her the story about the skis, he once left. It turned out that the present owner of the house is the daughter of Theodore Bocharov. Maria Feodorovna Tishkov told that her father died long ago, but told her the story of skiing and asked them never to throw away. After that, she went to the attic and got those same skis.

Now a new question: how in a huge country to find a man, knowing only his name and approximate age? This issue helped to solve the correspondent of the newspaper “Trud”, who happened to be in Maloyaroslavets and hear the amazing story of old skis. Soon, along with a former soldier they found their owner. It turned out that Kohl’s (or, as it was already supposed to be called by age, Nikolai Dmitrievich) a long time ago lives in Moscow and works in a factory.

Grigory Sergeyevich found the phone of Nicholas and invited him to visit, but didn’t say anything about skis. They drank tea and remembered the war and what happened to them over these many years. When the conversation turned to skiing, Nikolay Dmitrievich said, “Remember, it was a pity to give them up, they were good skis, but for the defeat and the speedy expulsion of the Germans I do not regret it, I’m always ready to help you than anyone”. Then in walked the wife of Grigory Sergeyevich with skis and handed them to the former owner. Nikolai Dmitrievich was very surprised and touched, but refused to take them and left a souvenir Patrocino.

In 1982, Gregory Patrocin gave skis that he borrowed If of Borisov, in the Museum of defense of Moscow. Today they are on permanent display in the Museum.