Armed Forces of Kazakhstan celebrate Missile Troops and Artillery Day
For the first time the holiday was established by a decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR on October 21, 1944. The date was due to the fact that on the 19th of November in 1942, after the powerful artillery preparation, the Red Army troops launched Uranus Operation, the code name for the Soviet counter-offensive during the Battle of Stalingrad, the press service of the Office of the Combatant Commander of the “West” regional command reports.
This operation ended with the encirclement of the Paulus army and marked a radical turning point during the Great Patriotic war. Since 1964, the holiday has begun to be celebrated as the Day of Missile Troops and Artillery.
By the beginning of World War II, the influence and role of artillery on the battlefield had grown even more, with jet artillery becoming widespread, for example, the famous Katyusha guard rocket mortars became one of the symbols of the war and a real weapon of victory.
Currently, the Missile Troops and Artillery of the Armed Forces of Kazakhstan are included in the Ground Forces. Organizationally, they consist of artillery, missile brigades, separate artillery divisions, as well as artillery of tank, motorized rifle, airborne assault brigades and naval infantry brigades.
Today, tactical exercises are conducted with artillery and rocket military units on a regular basis with live firing and firing missiles, individual firing with sergeants and officers.
The process of equipping troops with new and modernized weapons is ongoing.