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Assistance of the local population to the rear services of the Central front during the preparation for the Battle of Kursk


Bayramov R. S., Korovin V. V.   



Before the 80th anniversary of the end of the Battle of Kursk, the generalization of the experience of logistical support for the troops of the Central Front on the eve and during the Battle of Kursk becomes the most relevant. The rear structures of the front fully provided the troops with the necessary material and technical equipment both in the preparatory period and in the course of defensive and offensive operations on the northern face of the Kursk Bulge. The logistical support of the troops was accompanied with the solution of a number of problems. One of them was the labor shortage for construction and restoration work in the defense zone of the Central Front. In order to meet the needs for labor resources, it was decided to mobilize the local population for defense construction work: construction, restoration and maintenance of defensive lines, roads, railways, bridges and other destroyed infrastructure. Special attention was also paid to the collection of captured weapons, property and scrap metal, in which local residents of different ages, including children, who had valuable information about the location of the property left by the enemy, were directly involved. Measures to attract the local population to help the rear services of the Central Front were extremely important for the organization of the full functioning of both individual rear units and the rear as a whole. In the absence of the necessary volume of labor resources and due to the untimely arrival of rear units at a new location in the Kursk Bulge area, at the initial stage of preparation, it was the forces of the local population, as far as possible, that provided logistical support of troops of the Central Front.


Keywords: the Battle of Kursk, Central Front, local population, restoration of roads, construction of defensive lines


Funding: the study was carried out with the financial support of the Russian Foundation for Basic Research within the framework of the scientific project No. 20-39-90001/20.

For citation: Bayramov RS, Korovin VV. Assistance of the local population to the rear services of the Central front during the preparation for the Battle of Kursk. Center and Periphery. 2023;18(2):52—57. EDN DCIVVL




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Information about the authors:

Ruslan S. Bayramov, Lecturer of Department of Constitutional and Civil Law of the Kursk Academy of State and Municipal Service (9 Stantsionnaya Str., Kursk 305044, Russia), ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0210-5773, bayram1316@ya.ru

Vladimir V. Korovin, Professor of Department of Constitutional Law of the Southwest State University (94 50 let Oktyabrya Str., Kursk 305040, Russia),  Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8353-526X, vlavikor@yandex.ru


Contribution of the authors:

Bayramov R. S. — analysis of historiography and archival documents, writing the original version of the article;

Korovin V. V. — critical analysis and scientific editing of the text.


Conflict of interests: the authors declare no conflict of interests.


The authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript.


The article was submitted 29.03.2023; approved after reviewing 24.04.2023; accepted for publication 28.04.2023.