21 June 2018
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Commemoration of Brusilov offensive and our alliance in WWI


What is the Brusilov offensive and why is it so important?

The Brusilov Offensive (Russian: Брусиловскийпрорыв Brusilovskiĭ proryv), also known as the "June Advance",of June-September 1916 was the Russian Empire\'s greatest feat of arms during World War I, and among the most lethal offensives in world history. Historian Graydon Tunstall called the Brusilov Offensive the worst crisis of World War I for Austria-Hungaryand the Triple Entente\'s greatest victory, but it came at a tremendous loss of life. It took place in an area of present-day western Ukraine, in the general vicinity of the towns of LvivKovel, and Lutsk. The offensive was named after the commander in charge of the Southwestern Frontof the Imperial Russian ArmyGeneral Aleksei Brusilov

The offensive was a part of the allied plan of attacking Germany and Austro-Hungary: two weeks later, the battle of the Somme started on the Western Front.

Brusilov\'s operation, during which the Russian s advanced 80-120 km into enemy territory, achieved its original goal of forcing Germany to halt its attack on Verdun and transfer considerable forces to the East. It also broke the back of the Austro-Hungarian army, which suffered the majority of the casualties. The early success of the offensive convinced Romania to enter the war on the side of the Entente. Russian casualties were considerable, numbering up to half a million, but enemy casualties were almost triple.

The 1916 offensive was the most visible contribution of Russia to the Allied war effort. This contribution is often forgotten, though 3 million Russians perished in the First World War - more than in any other Entente nation. Despite the 1917 revolution which left Russia outside the war, Russia did as much as Britain and France for the war to be won.

We believe that the centenary of the Brusilov offensive is a proper occasion to remember Russia\'s alliance with Britain and celebrate the courage of the heroes of WWI and therefore support a series of events dedicated to the events on the Eastern Front.


Programme of events

28 May - 27 January - "Symphony to a Lost Generation": first ever fully holographic theatre production on WWI impact in the art, music and poetry of Britain, Russia and other nations: shows in London, Bury St. Edmonds, Gravesend, Portsmouth, Weymouth, Rhyl, Billingham, Horsham

11 June - Russian Summer Ball, London - dedicated to the centenary of "Russian Flag Day" - UK-wide campaign in support of Russia

15 June - Lecture of Prof. Dominic Lieven on Russia in WWI, based on his book "Towards the Flame". 19:00, Russian cultural centre "Rossotrudnichestvo" (First floor, 37 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED UK)

25 August - gala opening of exhibition "Russian Imperial Family during WWI: Charity and Heroism", Screening of the film "Prince Oleg. I don\'t want to die without glory"18:30 Russian cultural centre "Rossotrudnichestvo" (First floor, 37 Kensington High Street, London W8 5ED UK)

1 September - closure of exhibition "Charity and Heroism", WW1 time music concert

12 November - exhibition, dedicated to the "Members of the Russian Imperial House" and their contribution to the alleviation of suffering in the First World War (Hastings)

29 November - anthology film "WWI" and Q&A session (Cambridge)

30 November - Screening of the film "Herritage of love"  as part of Russian Film Week (sold out)

1 December - Screening of the film "Herritage of love", Cambridge (http://www.camruss.com/ru/events/russian-film-festival-in-cambridge/)


Date TBC: Screening of the film "The Battalion"