After Dolph put the ushanka hat and Red Army mittens on, Alexander showed him the map of the military defence works which were built in the USSR in 1939 and were unofficially called “The Stalin Line” in the Western world. This line of fortifications was built not against the Germans, as many people mistakenly think, but on the border with Romania, Poland and the Baltic states. Then they went to an artillery pillbox where Alexander told Dolph about the battles which took place in the Minsk Fortified Region during the first days of WWII and slowed down the movement of the German Army for 2 days. Here Dolph Lundgren himself noticed that impeding the enemy’s advance for as many as two days during those terrible times was extremely important because it allowed the Red Army to regroup its forces. Sure enough, the upcoming battles in the Polotsk Fortified Region slowed down the nazis for two weeks, and in the Kiev Fortified Region they were held back for as many as two months! These and many other battles contributed to the defeat of the German Army in the Battle of Moscow in December, 1941.
After visiting the pillbox Dolph was suggested to try shooting at the Stalin Line shooting range. There he fired the Maxim gun, the Mosin-Nagant and also shot a German tank from the 57 mm anti-tank gun (also known as the ZiS 2).
Shooting from blank firing guns was interrupted by the arrival of a a Soviet heavy tank Kliment Viroshilov (KV). Here Dolph also displayed good knowledge of history noticing that the KV tank was less known because it had not been so massively produced as the famous T-34 tank. Then Dolph was given the SKS (a semi-automatic Soviet carbine) and the KV tank drove him to the reenactment of the WWII battle.
The reenactment was followed by riding in Caiman, an armoured vehicle created under the command of the chief design manager Olga Petrova at the Borisov Repair Plant. This Belarusian armoured motor car took our guest to Ded Moroz and Snegurochka who gave him New year gifts. Dolf Lundgren was also awarded the Kolobanov’s medal, and the ceremony was closed with autograph session and a banquet. The guest said that the Belarusians have warm and open hearts, and as a person who completed military service in the Swedish army, he would like to thank the administration for creating this extraordinary open-air museum which maintains such respect for military history.
Dolph Lundgren shared his impressions of visiting our complex with ONT TV channel.