Day of the victory of Russian soldiers in the battle of the ice under the command of Prince Alexander Nevsky (the day of military glory of Russia)
Most modern holidays associated with relatively recent events that have occurred in our country over the past few centuries. But, there are holiday dates associated with more long-standing historical events, it ’s tales of antiquity", which has played an important role in the history of our country. For example, the date of the 18th of April is celebrated as the day when Prince Alexander Nevsky with his army defeated at the lake Peipsi German knights.
In the early thirteenth century the North-West of the land of Russia was attacked by foreign invaders. About a hundred ships of the Swedes, on the sides of which were over five thousand soldiers, entered the mouth of the river Neva. The young Prince Alexander Yaroslavovich, occupied the throne of Novgorod went to defend their lands. Twenty-year-old commander was able to defeat the enemy, but it only briefly delayed the next attempt foreigners to occupy these lands.
In the autumn began to attack German knights Levonskogo order. On the way to Novgorod they managed to capture Pskov, Izborsk, but soon they came across a counterattack troops of Alexander Nevsky, who later managed to regain the city of Pskov.
The decisive battle took place on April 1242 on the frozen lake Peipus. Alexander, a talented military leader, was able to position his army so that the army of the enemy soon found himself locked in the ring. Many Germans tried rather to surrender, the rest began a rapid retreat under the pressure of the troops of Alexander, but the ice under them could not withstand the weight of heavily armed soldiers. The enemy were drowned in the icy water, while Alexander Nevsky celebrated its another brilliant victory.
This momentous battle went down in history of Russia, so that even after many centuries we feel its heroic echoes. Alexander Nevsky was ranked as the Orthodox Church to the saints. And for all Russians became the symbol of power of the Russian spirit and combat power. Now is the day April 18 was another day of military glory of Russia.