Marat: The History of Veteran | World of Warships

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The ship, that managed to survive both World Wars. The ship, that actively defendend Soviet Leningrad. It is evident, that Marat is important for russian history.
Find out more about this heroic ship from Chirkov Nikolay, a World War II veteran and commander of 37 mm AA gun on Battleship Marat.

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  1. Happy victory day to all who fought for it!

  2. Shubhankar Dasgupta

    A War defines the endurance of human beings. A war defines the nature of man. A war results in destruction or victory. But war is war random shells move here and there and no way to escape. Players today should pay tribute to all soldiers and their families during World War II. We also pray that today’s global conflict may not result to World WarIII.

    • Miklos Penzes Jnr.

      There is no “or” in a war resulting in something. It is always “and”. A war always ends in destruction.

    • Shubhankar Dasgupta

      Yes Miklos Penzes Jnr. you are actually right to your words. I too beleive that war always result in destruction and I therefore mentioned that WWIII should not occur

    • Plebe is saying the same thing about WWIII since 1955. We know.
      Turn off the news.

    • Shubhankar Dasgupta

      Krostouin I don’t know who said this these are my own words is I will not turn off news

  3. Roberts Markovs

    There was no “victory” for eastern europe . Just one bloodthirsty moron was switched for diferent one .

  4. apparently the one to near-kill Marat was none other than famous Stuka ace pilot, Hans Ulrich Rudel, using newly arrived 1-ton bomb… similarily to battleships at Pearl Harbor, shallow water saved the ship from being irrecoverably lost

  5. World of Warships Official Channel

    That episode was a really emotional for us to film.
    Do you hear a lot of war stories from your elders?

    • My grandfather was a bomber pilot for the US Army Air Forces in the Pacific from mid-1942 to early 1944. He flew 51 missions in twin-engined bombers and was shot down 3 times. He didn’t talk about it a whole lot, but I know he lost several crew-mates on those missions. He eventually went state-side to train new pilots and retired from the USAF in the 70’s as a Lt. General. He is now buried in Arlington and I am very proud to be his grandson.

    • Yes it’s my mom’s grandfather because he served in World War II as a resistance fighter during the Japanese Occupation of the Philippines 1942 to 1944 and have a war department file on himself.

    • I’ve only heard stories from two different WW2 veterans when I was a child, about 8 or 9 years old the first time and about 12 the second time. On one occasion the person in question didn’t know I was listening to him talking to another adult. In fact, I’m certain neither of them knew I was there.

      I had a neighbor (and I can’t recall his name) who was invited over for diner when I was about 8 or 9 years old. He saw a ship model I had just completed. It was the Bismarck. He recognized the class. He also recognized a model of the Graf Spee as a “pocket battleship.” He had served in the Navy and he told me one of his duties was to memorize ship silhouettes to tell friend from foe. He didn’t recognize the Yamato because no one in the U.S. had a clue what it looked like until it was photographed under attack late in the war, so he was interested if the model I built was accurate. Later, I think it was a different day, I overheard him talking to an adult about his more personal war experiences and I believe that person was also a veteran, but it’s been so long I can’t be certain. I heard him say that he had two friends who died in the fighting around Guadalcanal; one in the cruiser Atlanta and one in a destroyer that was sunk just a couple nights after that. He said he didn’t see action until after Guadalcanal had been captured, his ship fought in the Northern Solomon Islands, but I don’t remember much more than that. He might have mentioned the name of his ship, but either I didn’t hear it clearly or I have just forgotten it. However, I do remember one more thing. He told this same person about a red painted toilette seat that crew members who had been diagnosed with a venereal disease had to use; the seat of shame, because of the widely held belief that VD could be transmitted from contact with a toilette seat. I don’t think I even knew what VD was at the time.

      The other veteran who told me about his personal experience was my sixth grade math teacher. Actually he told the entire geometry class. One day near the end of class someone asked Mr. Davis, Davison? (My memory is faulty here.) how he became so good at math. He said circumstances during the war taught him he had a facility with mathematics. He was a gunner/observer on a PBY – Catalina flying boat in the Pacific. His squadron had their planes painted black and flew at night. He told us his plane’s navigator was incompetent and was never quite sure of his directions and one time told the pilot he was safe to land at either an enemy held island or it was the correct island but was on the half controlled by the enemy. The Japanese started firing at his plane which tipped off the crew that their navigator had made a huge mistake, though he was able to figure out the right direction after that. Our future teacher told the pilot he could learn to navigate if he could get the proper manuals and the pilot supplied them the next day. Our teacher said he studied every free moment he had and realized he was good at figuring out the math involved in navigation. He had to take a test but after that his plane’s navigator was transferred out and he became the new navigator. I believe there was also a promotion involved. After the war he studied math and engineering and did some kind of industrial design work but he was always being sent to new locations which wasn’t very good for his family life so he became a math teacher to stay in one place. He was an excellent teacher even if I can’t fully recall his name.

      I also had two uncles who were in the military during WW2. One told me he learned to speak Italian during the war, which he spent guarding Italian POW’s in or near Palm Springs, CA. My other uncle never talked about the war, at least to me. I found out from my mother that he had once said the cold was terrible in Winter in Belgium and France and his unit didn’t get Winter boots until near the end of Winter, sometime in early 1945. I found out after he passed away he had been in the Battle of the Bulge. Also, he hadn’t started out as a front line soldier but ended up commanding a squad of infantry. I helped his wife, my aunt, pack his things after he died, while she selected the clothing he would be buried in. I found he had four battle stars and a Purple Heart. No one in the family even knew he had been wounded so it must not have been a terribly serious wound. My aunt showed me a letter of commendation she found that his unit had received for liberating one of the death camps, though I don’t remember which one. She said that he once told her that camp was too terrible a memory to talk about.

    • My father never talked much about war. He would tell a little bits and pieces but never much else. He always told me, “those who want to go to war, never have been there”.

    • My dad was in the gulf war, he rarely talks about it. But my grandmother often told me stories about the advancing russians, good and bad stories.

  6. Happy ViE day

  7. I really hope this becomes a regular show like Naval Legends, cause this might have been the best video I’ve watched all day

    • You should check out the episode they published a few months ago starring an AA-gunner veteran from Musashi. It’s called Return of the legend – Musashi

  8. Does this mean soviet bbs confirmed ?

    • Long Nguyễn oh they had plans for a few bbs, maybe not a full tech tree but since a 4 and 5 already exist in game…. Starting the tree from 6 wouldn’t be a bad idea

    • or they could do the WG thing and add paper ships, or even like WoT Fake ships

    • Harkaran dhami a fake ship would be 1 that didn’t even have blue prints… Like Hindenburg… The only thing that was blueprinted was the Turrets for the 203mm guns the rest of the ship was WG idea on how it would look
      As for a soviet 9 and 10 there are actual blueprints for the entire ship

    • ThatGuy OverThere

      The line is in the works from what I heard, but no definite release date just “sometime this year”.

    • Long Nguyễn they got some BBs from the RN and Italians during and after the world war two so they have 3-6 covered with real ships

  9. Santiago Trujillo Tobon

    This is why I love WG. I am not in favor of all they do but credit were credit is do they are the only company that does this kind of content.

  10. God bless all of those brave souls, from all countries, who fought that brutal war in the name of peace.

  11. more veteran videos !!!!!

  12. Holy RNG, that intro was straight goosebumps!!!

  13. Remarkable story. Thank you, WG, for giving him a chance to tell it.

  14. Sell Missouri

  15. That is some serious medal collection

  16. Russians. They’re tough… tough as nails. I’m American, and I can tell you that the average American has a lot of respect respect for the average Russian. We think Russians are the most badass, battle scarred, and unbreakable people in the world.

    • le_zitron_foufou

      John C glad to hear it (i am not russian im french) bcause some guys higher in the comments list seems to be slightly agressive against russians without any reason

    • as a Russian I am very impressed that an American thinks this of us, I sincerely think the same of you

    • Ditto from a Brit. I wish our governments would stop arguing.

    • This American has great respect for our Russian brothers. I grew up during the Cold War, but never really viewed you as an enemy. Remember when we were allies in WWII? Russians are descended from the Rus, an ancient Viking people. As are my ancestors from Norway and England. It was a long time ago, over 1000 years, but we still share the same blood.

  17. Ricci_Paul Carlson

    I love these interview content videos. Our fore fathers have/had so much to share with us. Sadly, more and more WW II veterans are leaving us. Thank you for producing this type content. Never forget our past lest we repeat it. o7

  18. Constant Drowsiness

    This film is intense. I am glad you were able to conduct an interview with that veteran.

  19. That was heartbreaking. My grandfather is a WW2 vet and you can see it in his eyes when he speaks about his service. I wanted to say thanks to Wargaming for letting this hero tell his story.

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