Lost in the Fields

A Russian Road Trip Part 2

James Kinnear continues his road trip around Russia, this time visiting museums and battlefields

A T-80 main battle tank at the Partisanskaya Polyana memorial complex

Some years ago I made a spur of the moment road trip from Moscow to the battlefields of Kursk, which proved to be an interesting experience on several levels. And so, in 2021, with the world amid travel restrictions and general travel difficulties, there was no better time than to go against the prevailing grain and repeat the experience. So, off we set on the 670km road journey from Moscow to Prokhorovka, returning by a circuitous 2,000km overall route through a region that was ravaged by war in 1941-45 and where reminders of that war are to be found in almost every village throughout the region.

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