Museum of the World Ocean marked centenary of WWI by opening a new Naval Centre.

It includes: Water Cube pavilion with exhibition hall, В-413 submarine and open-air exposition of naval objects. The Naval Centre represents history of the Russian Navy. In a new pavillion there is exhibition War at Sea. World War I.

It is devoted to centenary of World War I – one of the most horrible wars of world history: 38 countries were involved in it, about 70 000 000 people were mobilized. Apart from multimillion armies, major navies with more than 3000 ships took part in the military conflict. Combat actions took place in Atlantic and Indian oceans, White, Barents, Baltic, Mediterranean and other seas.

The Baltic Fleet was the first to proceed to combat actions. Here the war started on 30 July 1914 with mobilization and mining. The major combat mission of the Russian Navy was interdicting an admittance of the enemy to the Gulf of Finland. The Russian Army and Navy of fifteen million people lost every one in ten. The objects of the exhibition – photos, weapons, books, postcards, household items, orders, medals, patches and many other “witnesses” of those events – tell about fortune of Russian naval sailors.

The exhibition illustrates a significant period of Russian history that was given too little attention. But the main task of the exhibition is to show terrifying inanity of a war and to remind us that the most precious thing is Peace.

 

by Inessa Zaykovskaya

 

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The Naval Centre in Kaliningrad represents history of the Navy telling amazing stories of great victories and great geographical discoveries of Russian naval mariners. Also there is opening of exhibit War at Sea. World War I. It is devoted to centenary of World War I – one of the most horrible wars of world history: 38 countries were involved in it, about 70 000 000 people were mobilized. Apart from multimillion armies, major navies with more than 3000 ships took part in the military conflict. Combat actions took place in Atlantic and Indian oceans, White, Barents, Baltic, Mediterranean and other seas.

The Baltic Fleet was the first to proceed to combat actions. Here the war started on 30 July 1914 with mobilization and mining. The major combat mission of the Russian Navy was interdicting an admittance of the enemy to the Gulf of Finland. The Russian Army and Navy of fifteen million people lost every one in ten. The objects of the exhibition – photos, weapons, books, postcards, household items, orders, medals, patches and many other “witnesses” of those events – tell about fortune of Russian naval sailors.

The exhibition illustrates a significant period of Russian history that was given too little attention. But the main task of the exhibition is to show terrifying inanity of a war and to remind us that the most precious thing is Peace.