The Soviet space program gave the world the first artificial Earth satellite (on the left in hand), the first planet rover and the first space station. On April 12, 1961, the era of space exploration for all mankind has begun! It started at the end of the 19th century with a Kaluga school teacher — the founder of theoretical cosmonautics Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (Great Spirit, in the center), designed by Sergei Korolev ("Space Father", as the first man who conducted a spacewalk Alexey Leonov called him, on the left) and was piloted by our beloved Yuriy Gagarin. The branch refers to the soviet song "And the apple trees will bloom on Mars". Icarus in the center on the bench a symbol of the ancient Hellenic ideas, which were brought to life. The composition is crowned with the motto "Above and beyond" — as the quintessence of ideas and deeds of this truly cosmic trinity!
On December 5, 1957, the icebreaker Lenin, the world's first nuclear powered surface vessel and the world's first civilian nuclear-powered vessel left the Leningrad shipyard. During her thirty years of service, she made it possible to significantly expand navigation in the northern latitudes and led 3741 transport through the icefields. Being a symbol of the technological and scientific victory of the Soviet Union in peaceful nuclear development, it was visited by Yuri Gagarin, future US President Richard Nixon, British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan, Fidel Castro, Alexandra Pakhmutova played the piano in the wardroom trimmed with Karelian birch. Once having pulled ahead, Russia continues to hold the palm in the nuclear icebreaker fleet, the largest and the most powerful in the world icebreaker "Arktika" was just launched.
During the Russian Empire military campaign in Central Asia on the 4th of December 1864, a hundred Cossacks left the city of Turkestan to secure the convoy passage. Small reconnaissance raid turned into a three-day battle with the ten-thousandth army of the Kokand Khanate, as a result, more than half a hundred were killed, but the rest breakthrough and reunited with the main body of the army. The Khan had to change his plans. The glory of this hundred is shining through the centuries.
On July 17 1941 the German blitzkrieg, which already brought most of Europe to its knees, clanking its tracks, entered Soviet soil. Sergeant Nikolay Sirotinin volunteered to delay the advancing German troops along the Warsaw-Moscow highway. 57 enemy soldiers and officers were fallen in waves of rye over the Belarusian river Dobrost. Heroic deed of a lone artillery crewman with a light 45mm cannon.
1970, palm trees in the rays sunset near the ocean, the evening breeze, seems you can relax on the beach, but American air armada wants to burn our cities and villages! To meet uninvited guests, friends from the North deployed S-75 air defense system, which back in 1959 opened the era of anti-aircraft missiles in Beijing with the first successful shot of recon aircraft. Combat score of the Vietnam War with 52 downed B-52 bombers and 1241 other American warplanes. Saluting Soviet military adviser: «Welcome to the jungle, we've got fun and games!»
In 1654, the city of Smolensk was returned by the tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich and never left the borders of Russia again, being a place where Napoleon's and Hitler's armies have been delayed. The cannon and firebird directed to the West from the coat of arms of the city are crowned with a tsar’s helmet, which is also placed in the center of the coat of arms of the Russian Empire. On the left, there is a «Rynda» — a Moscow version of the Varangian guard, which was brought by Sophia Palaiologina, niece of the last emperor of Byzantium Constantine. Roaring back Russian rulers successfully returned lands from the end of the 13th century to our times!
In 2016 the mercenaries of the most famous Russian private military "orchestra" named after Wagner entered the arches of the ancient city of Palmyra, after almost two thousand years after the Roman Emperor Aurelian. Accompanied by the Т-90 — most commercially successful main battle tank of the beginning of the millennium and the Russian warplanes, they turned the tide of the war in Syria.
Three thousand years ago, both sides of the Cimmerian Bosporus, currently known as the Kerch Strait, was owned by the Cimmerians, then they were replaced by the Scythians, Greeks, Goths, ninth-century Russian Tmutarakan state, then the Mongols, the Genoese, Tatars, and on March 18, 2014, both banks returned to Russian Federation. The banner, which is a variant of the state emblem of the Republic of Crimea, is held by a Cimmerian warrior in a "Phrygian cap" — a symbol of liberation. The Scythian arms and the Panticapaeum coin under the feet. The center of the sun, located in the letter "A", refers to the ancient spiritual way.
I-16 is the first serial monoplane fighter with retractable landing gear, the hero of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War, the last with an open cockpit the perfect match for the silk scarves. The Soviet pilot and his Spanish brother-in-arms, the spirit of piston engine warpanes, the coat of arms of the Spanish Republic and the motto which guided people from all around the world to fight for liberty.
The huge orange Sun slowly drowns in the ocean of needle grass and sagebrush, the bronzed rider with bow and an arrow, the wild horse, which his great-grandfather brought from the very heart of the Great Steppe. They all flying above the ground. Robert Howard’s Cimmeria (or Kimmeria if you want to write it in a Greek/Russian manner), was the homeland for the hero, who was known for strength, straight and honesty. Those kinds of warriors and adventurers are still live around the world even after the last three thousand years.
«Если в детстве у тебя над кроватью висел постер Арнольда в меховых трусах, то тебе точно будет интересно услышать историю, в которой нашлось место двум самоубийствам, великому переселению народов, Шварценеггеру, Толкиену и Рене Зеллвегер».
Константин Подстрешный — редактор «Навигатора игрового мира», ездил в Кросс-Плейнс, Техас, США, на фестиваль для почитателей творчества Роберта Говарда. В сентябре 2011 эта статья была издана в журнале FHM, теперь, с разрешения автора и небольшими дополнениями, я с радостью публикую ее здесь и отмечаю точку на карте для будущего паломничества.