Їзмаїльський історичний музей О.В. Суворова

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Їзмаїльський історичний музей О.В. Суворова

Їзмаїльський історичний музей О.В. Суворова по праву називають символом
нашого міста.

Музей розташований у центральній частині Ізмаїла у будинку, що є
пам’ятником історії та архітектури ХІХ ст. Першими мешканцями будинку у
1899 р. була родина міського голови І.І. Авраамова, який керував містом
з 1909 по 1911 рр.

Ізмаїльський музей О.В. Суворова був заснований та відкритий у
післявоєнний час, в 1947 р., і сьогодні є одним з п’яти суворовських
музеїв, що діють на пострадянському просторі. З 2004 р. музей закрито на
капітальний ремонт. Всі ці роки наукові співробітники спільно з народним
художником України А.В. Гайдамакою працюють над створенням нової
експозиції в контексті сучасної історії України.

Відділом музею є діорама “Штурм фортеці Ізмаїл російськими військами та
українськими козаками під командуванням О.В. Суворова 11 (22) грудня
1790 р. ”. Діорама була відкрита 9 травня 1973 р. у турецькій мечеті XVI
ст. — пам’ятнику національного значення, який є одним з небагатьох
унікальних зразків турецької архітектури періоду її розквіту, що
збереглися на території України. Автори діорами — народні художники
Росії з Московської воєнної студії ім. М.Б. Грекова Є.І. Данілевський та
В.М. Сибірський.

На полотні розміром 8 х 20 м. художники відобразили вирішальний момент
штурму фортеці Ізмаїл, який відбувся у період російсько-турецької війни
1789-1791 рр.

Ізмаїльський історичний музей О.В. Суворова за багатством фондових
колекцій займає значне місце серед музеїв Одеського регіону. Зібрання
музею налічує 34 тисячі предметів.

Особливість та специфіку музею відображають унікальні колекції
обмундирування і спорядження російської та західно-європейських армій,
холодна та вогнепальна зброя XVI — XX ст., знамена російської і
турецької армій XVIII — XIX ст., живопис, графіка, нумізматика, рідкісні
книги.

Музей володіє і солідними колекціями іншого характеру: археологічною,
етнографічною, а також документами та матеріалами з історії міста Ізмаїл
та Придунайського краю.

Діяльність музею охоплює широке коло питань вітчизняної історії і,
безпосередньо, військової історії з давніх часів до наших днів.

Кілька разів на рік в приміщенні діорами з фондів музею відкриваються
виставки широкого тематичного спектру.

Особливою гордістю музею є щорічні наукові конференції “Суворовські
читання», за матеріалами яких видаються збірники.

Сьогодні у музеї працює високопрофесійний колектив наукових
співробітників, надзвичайно захоплених своєю справою:

директор музею — Гончаренко Лариса Федорівна;

головний зберігач фондів — Атанасова Раїса Іванівна;

старший науковий співробітник — Панкова Ольга Петрівна;

наукові співробітники — Іванова Тетяна Василівна, Печенко Марія
Володимирівна, Новикова Тетяна Миколаївна;

молодший науковий співробітник — Васильєва Ганна Дмитрівна.

Багато із співробітників беруть участь в міжнародних конференціях, що
проходять на базі провідних музеїв України, Росії та Білорусі.

Ізмаїльський історичний музей О.В. Суворова був нагорождений пам’ятною
ювілейною медаллю “10 років незалежності України», знаком та почесною
грамотою Кабінету Міністрів України.

Музей користується великою популярністю. Він входить до туристичного
маршруту півдня України, Одещини, а також у міжнародний круїз по Дунаю
“Від Альп до Чорного моря”. За роки існування тут побувало більш ніж 5
млн. чоловік.

Alexander Vasilievich Suvorov (1730-1800)

Alexander Suvorov was born in the family of General Vasily Ivanovich
Suvorov.

He came of a very old Russian noble family. One of his ancestors was
Mikhail Ivanovich Suvorov that served in the Russian Army during the
reign of Tsar Ioann (Ivan) the IV-th (the Terrible). His father Vasily
Suvorov was a batman of Tsar Peter the Great and his Aide-de-Camp in
real.

By order of Tsar Peter he translated into Russian the book by famous
French engineer Vauban that was published in St. Petersburg uner the
title «The Methods of City Fortifying». After the death of Peter the
Great Vasily Suvorov was transferred to the Leib-Guards Semenovsky
regiment that was located in Moscow from 1728. Afterwards he became a
member of the Russian Senate. Also he was the author of the first
Russian military dictionary. He began to teach his son Alexander the
principles of Artillery, Fortification, Military History from the very
young age.

In 1742 Alexander Suvorov was enlisted to the Leib-Guards Semenovsky
regiment as a private of musketeers (in excess of the staff and without
salary).

Suvorov’s active military service began in 1748.

In 1754 he got his first officer rank — lieutenant and was appointed to
the Ingermanlandsky Infantry regiment.

In 1756 — 1763 he served in the Military Board in the rank of
Premier-Major.

The Seven Years War

Suvorov got his baptism of fire in the Seven Years War of 1756-1763. In
the beginning of this war he was in the rear in commissariat service. He
was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel and transferred to the
Kazansky Infantry regiment.

In 1759 Suvorov became an officer of the Russian Army General
Headquarters and got the post of «general and division officer of the
day».

Several times Suvorov distinguished himself in reconnaissance actions.
He took part in the battle of Kunersdorf with the Prussian Army and in
the capture of Berlin by Russian troops.

In the very young age Suvorov displayed his talent for command and
abilities to lead the soldiers into battle.

In 1761 Suvorov already commanded a detached force that helped General
Rumyantsev’s Corps to capture the port city and fortress of Kolberg
(Kolobrzeg) in Pomerania. Then he temporarily commanded the Tverskoy
Dragoon regiment that distinguished in Prince of Wurtemberg’s troops
pursuit. After this for some time Suvorov commanded the Arkhangelorodsky
Dragoon regiment.

The Seven Years War gave the future great Russian commander the rich
military experience and he learned much about the Russian Army military
and moral potentialities.

In August of 1762 Colonel Suvorov became the commander of the
Astrakhansky Infantry regiment. Then from 1763 to 1769 he commanded the
Suzdalsky Infantry regiment that was billeted in New Ladoga. In this
period he wrote his well-known in the Russian Army «Regimental
Instructions» (or «Suzdal Regulations») that contained the main rules
and regulations of soldiers training and internal service and battle
training. Under Suvorov’s command the Suzdalsky regiment very soon
became one of the best in the Russian Army.

In 1765 Empress Catherine the Great (the Second) personally took part in
the manoevres near the Krasnoe Village just with the Suzdalsky regiment,
and she especially distinguished the soldiers under the command of
Suvorov.

On September,22,1768 Suvorov was promoted to the rank of brigadier.

The First Polish Campaign

In 1768 — 1772 in the period of the first division of Poland Suvorov
with the Suzdalsky regiment took part in the military actions in Poland
fighting against the troops of the Polish Confederation. The Confederats
fought against Polish King Stanislav Poniatovsky that was supported by
Russia.

In this campaign Suvorov commanding a brigade and separated detached
troops made swift movements and gained many victories often having much
lesser troops than the Confederates. In 1770 Suvorov got the rank of
Major-General.

The military operations in Poland made Suvorov well-known in the Russian
Army and Empress Catherine saw the future Great Commander in him.
Suvorov was rewarded with the St. George Order of 4-th Class.

The First Catherinian Russian-Turkish War

After this Polish campaign in 1773 he was transferred to the acting army
at his own request. It was the time of the first Catherinian Turkish war
of 1768-1774. Major-General Suvorov was appointed to the 1-st Army of
General-Field-Marshal Rumyantsev and got a detachment to command. With
this detachment he made two very successful raids to the Turkish
territory and defeated the big Turkish forces at Turtukay in 1773 (for
this victory he was rewarded with the St. George Order of Second Class
at once passing Class 3).

In the battle of Kozludgi (on the teriitory of modern Bulgaria, now this
village is called «Suvorovo») on June,9, 1774 Lieutenant-General Suvurov
smashed the Turkish army 40 thousand in number under the command of
Sultan’s General Abdul-Rezak. This defeat made Turkey to make the
Kuchuk-Kinargi peace with Russia.

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Pugachov’s Revolt

In August of 1774 Suvorov was sent to supress Pugachov’s revolt, but the
main rebel forces had been crushed by the troops under the command of I.
Michelson before Suvorov arrived. Pugachov retreated to steppes over the
river Volga with the remainder of his forces. Suvorov followed him.

On September,26 some rebels commanders took their tied up leader to
Suvorov in Yaitsky village hoping to pay off by his head. Suvorov made
the first interrogation of the impostor and then conveyed him to the
town of Simbirsk. After a short time Pugachov was taken to Moscow and
executed there.

In 1776-1779 Lieutenant-General Suvorov commanded the Russian forces in
the Crimea and Kuban (a region in the Northern Caucasus). In the Crimea
he strengthened the defence of the Crimean coast line in case of Turkish
troops landing.

In 1782-1784 Suvorov commanded the detached Kuban Corps in the Northern
Caucasus and directed the Kuban frontier fortified line building.

The Second Catherinian Russian-Turkish War

In 1786 Alexander Suvorov was promoted to the rank of general
(General-Anshef — the highest general rank in the Russian army). He was
appointed the commander of the Vladimir Division, then the St.
Petersburg and Kremenchug Divisions.

The second Catherinian Russian-Turkish war of 1787-1791 began when
Suvorov commanded the Kremenchug Division. And the star of his military
talent rose just in this war.

General Suvorov commanded the defence of the Kherson-Kinburn region from
the Southern Bug river to the Perekop neck (that connects the Crimean
Peninsula with the mainland). Turkish troops threatened from the sea and
the fortress Ochakov located across the estuary.

On October,1,1787 numerous Sultan’s fleet landed strong troops on the
Kinburn spit, they at once began to fortify themselves by lines of
trenches. Suvorov attacked the Turks on the approaches to the Kinburn
fortress. At first the Russian troops could pressed back the Turks to
the end of the spit, but very soon they found themselves under the
strong fire of the Turkish ship artillery and had to retreat under the
charge of the new frsh Turkish forces. And at this moment Suvorov
appeared in the middle of Russian troops and could organize a new
counter-attack. There was a moment when Suvorov’s life in danger:
Suvorov was wounded and several janizaries rushed to him, but he was
saved by a brave Russian grenadier.

Grenadier Novikov rescues Suvorov in the battle on the Kinburn spit

Wounded Suvorov stayed on the battle-field and continued commanding his
troops. The last reserves were committed to action and the last stage of
the battle began. The Turks were finally dislodged from their
fortifications and thrown down to the sea. In the end of the battle
Suvorov was wounded again — in the arm, but he did not leave the battle
in spite of all.

For this victory Suvorov was rewarded with the Order of Saint Andrew
First-Called.

Fokshani and Rimnik

The long siege of the huge Turkish fortress Ochakov ended for Suvorov
with the conflict between him and Empress Catherine’s all-powerful
favourite Prince Potemkin. Suvorov insisted on the general assault of
the fortress in a very short time because during the very long siege the
Russian troops sustained heavy losses of illnesses. So as a result of
this conlict Suvorov took part only in some actions at the walls of
Ochakov, but he didn’t participated in the general storm on December,17
and returned to the Kinburn spit.

Next year Suvorov commanded a division in Prince Repnin’s army.

1789 became the year of two most well-known Suvorov’s victories: at
Fokshani and at the river Rimnik. In the campaign of 1789 the main
military operations were in the lower reaches of the river Danube where
Russian troops acted tohether with their allies Austrians under Prince
Coburg. Suvorov was sent there too to command troops of III Division.
They were to support the right wing of the Russian Army and act in
contact with the Austrians. Suvorov received reports about the moving of
Osman-Pasha’s army 30 thousand in number and hurried to the aid to the
Austrian Corps located in Adguda village. On July,21 near the Foksani
village the Russian and Austians under the common command of General
Suvorov took the offensive, crushed the enemy van-guard, attacked the
fortified Turkish positions and dislodged them from there after 10 hours
of fighting. It was the complete defeat of Osman-Pasha’s army — they had
only to escape away.

The battle at the river Rimnik happened on September,11. Grand Visier
Usuph-Pasha’s army more than100 thousand in number with 80 guns waged an
attack upon the Austrian Corps under Prince Coburg settled near Foksani
village. Prince Coburg had only about 18 thousand men with 43 guns.

After getting known about this Suvorov with his detachment of 7 thousand
men came out of Birlad and marched about 100 kilometers for two and a
half days and nights. The Russian Corps came to Foksani earlier than the
Turkish army.

Suvorov placed himself at the head of the Allied Russian-Austrian
forces, he found out that Turks stopped and camped in four fortified
places: near Tirgu-Kukuli village (about 15 thousand of van-guard
troops), in the forest near Kringlu-Meylor village (about 40 thousand),
near the town of Martinesti (about 45 thousand) and over the river
Rimnik near the village Oday. The Russian general decided to defeat the
Grand Visier’s army separatedly in parts.

On September,11,1789 at daybreak the Allies after making a night march
of 14 kilometers suddenly attacked the Turkish camp in Tirgu-Kukuli and
captured it. The the Allies went to the forest camp in Kringlu-Meylor
and assaulted it.

Osman-Pasha sent his cavalry of many thousands on attacking Allied
troops, but all its attempts were repulsed by rifle-volleys from Allied
squares, and the camp in the forest was taken be storm. Suvorov’s troops
pursued the enemy and captured the Turkish camp near Martinesti with a
swoop.

The next day the Allies took the last enemy camp over the river Rimnik.
Osman-Pasha with the remainer of his troops had to escape away. The
Turkish army losses in this battle were about 15 — 20 thousand men, all
artillery and the huge transport.

The battle at the river Rimnik came into Military History as a brilliant
example of complex troops manoeuvring on the battle-field for the
purpose of defeating the superior enemy in parts. The victory was gained
as Suvorov used to say «Not by number — but by skill».

For the victory at the river Rimnik General Suvorov was rewarded with
the Russian Empire highest military reward — the Order of Saint Geogre
of the I Class and the title «Graf Rimniksky» (Count of Rimnik). And
also the Austrian Emperor gave him the title of Count of the Holy Roman
Empire.

The Capture Of Ismail. The Ismail Fortress scheme

One of the most famous Suvorov’s victories became the storm of the very
strong Turkish fortress Ismail. This stronghold of the Ottoman Porte on
the river Danube banks build by French and German fortificators was
considered unassailable. In Turkish it was called «Ordu Kalesi» because
this fortress could accomodate a whole army. It had the shape of an
irregular triangle adjacent to the river bank. The length of the earthen
rampart was more than 6 kilometers and the height was 6 — 8 meters with
t earthen and stone bastions. The width of the fortress moat was about
12 meters with the depth of 6 — 10 meters. In many places the moat was
filled with water. There were many stone buildings inside the fortress
adapted to defensive actions.

The Ismain garrison was 35 thousand men and 256 guns. The commandant of
Ismail was one of the most skilled Turkish commanders Aydos Mekhmet
Pasha. The numerous Turkish Danube flotilla was based near the fortress
walls.russian troops (31 thousand men and more than 500 field guns)
blocked Ismail and tried to capture it twice but without any success.

When General Suvorov came to Ismail on December,2,1790 after scouting he
decided to take this strong fortress be a swift attack. For the special
training of soldiers Suvorov ordered to made in steppe the earthen
rampart that was like the Ismail one. The troops were trained in secret
at nights. In a very short time 70 big storm ladders and about 3
thousand faseines were made.

Under Suvorov’s plan Ismail was stormed by 9 assault columns, three of
that were based on the island Chatal and landed to the city from boats
of the rowing flotilla. From dry land two groups of troops under
Lieutenant-Generals P. S. Potemkin and A. N. Samoylov and Major-General
M.I. Kutuzov attacked the fortress. Each column had its own reserves.

To avoid bloodshed Russian commander sent a letter to Aydos Mekhmet
Pasha with the demand to surrender the fortress, but he refused
decidedly.

On December,10,1790 Russian field and ship artillery bombarded the
fortress. Next day (December,11) at 3 a. m. the assault columns began
moving to their initial positions and at 5.30 a. m. the storm began. The
Russians could not began storm in surprise and the attacking troops were
met with strong artillery and rifle fire from the rampart. The Turks
made a sortie. This fighting was especially hard for Don Cossacks armed
with shortened lances.

After Russian troops had taken the fortress wall a heated hand-to-hand
fight developed on the streets of Ismail. All the city was enveloped in
flames. And at last after very hard and bloody battle Ismail was
captured at about 4 p. m.

The Turkish losses were 26 thousand killed and 9 thousand wounded men,
the Russian losses were 1815 killed and 2445 wounded men and the biggest
losses were among officers because commanders went in front of the
assault columns. The winners captured 265 guns (large-caliber in main),
42 river boats, 345 colours and bunchuks (Turkish standards).

The capture of Ismail brought Suvorov the glory of a great Russian
commander, but he did not get the Field-Marshal baton, he got only the
rank of colonel of the Leib-Guards Preobrazhensky regiment (in Russia in
was a very high rank, Empress Catherine II herself had the rank of
colonel of this Guards regiment too). The reason of this was Suvorov’s
terms with Prince Potemkin-Tavrichesky were very complicated. щодня з
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