A Historical Document / Abkhazians on the Russian Side

A Historical Document /  Abkhazians on the Russian Side
29 April, 2022

Andreas Krauze:
This historical document should be read several times by those Adigas who believe that Abkhazians are brothers. Read very carefully the fact of how the
participated in the punitive marches on Cherkasy villages and directly participated in the brutal destruction of Cherkasy children, women and elderly. This document explains a lot, especially the reasons for their today’s anti-Chercism acts in the interests of Russia.

“On this day, October 8, 1841, the famous three-day (October 8, 9, 10) expedition of General Anrep to Cherkessia began, undertaken with the sole purpose – to punish the Adygovs for destroying the coastline.
General Filipson G. writes about the quality and qualitative composition of the expedition order. And. : “The most team of the squad had a great inconvenience for such a movement: on 11 battalions of infantry, six of which were in the Caucasus for the first time, we had 3 thousand militants, of whom more than 2 thousand Abkhazians, unreliable in battle and extremely shy and on the move” .
Another source reports several different data on the number of the unit: “13 infantry battalions, 2 Regiments of Black Sea Cossacks, 30 hundred Abkhazian and Mingrel militia with 16 guns. ” (Coffee. gathering. Volume II and Volume III, 1879. )
From the sea, the movement of the order was covered by ships of the Black Sea Navy – “Three Hierarchs”, the frigate “Tenedos”, the steamboat “Moguchy” and “Fighter” as well as the 12th Azov Cossacks kayaks (60 people each). in each) armed with large caliber coronades.
The path of the punitive detention unit lay along the coast, from the fortress of the Holy Spirit, the current Adler and to the fort “Navaginsky” of the present Sochi, in total length of about 30 verses. Immediately, the expedition squad encountered fierce resistance from the Ubyho-Shapsug militia led by Ismail Berzeg, suffered heavy losses, a mass of soldiers contracted malaria, the troops were demoralized. Naval artillery was continuously fired from sea to coast all this time, but this did not save the squad from defeat.
American newspaper “The Newport Mercury” dated February 26, 1842 reports that: “During the October expedition 1841 in Cherkessia, a detachment of troops under the command of Major General Anrep died, died from wounds and fever, about 8,000 Russian soldiers and militia officers of Abkhazian, Mingrel, Imeretian and Guri militia. “
Official reports of course report other data on losses – 800 killed and injured (excluding those who died from malaria) and 3 thousand. of those who are sick.
Also judging by the data from D’s work. V. Rakovich, the Tengin regiment participating in this expedition lost 2/3 of its personnel: “The expedition ended in a complete collapse. Without even entering into battle, the Russian army suffered huge losses. At the arrival of all battalions at the assembly point to strengthen the Holy Spirit, 2807 private Tengin Regiment were in service, and upon returning to Taman, only 1064. remained in service. By the way, out of 361 non-officers 140 remained; out of 66 officers – 35. The rest were killed, died from their wounds or were in hospitals.” [ D. V. Rakovich. “Tengin Regiment in the Caucasus”, Tiflis, 1900 ]
This is how the punitive invasion into Cherkasy ended by Russian troops and naturally this collapse, like many others before and after it, no image was found in the official Russian history. By the way, as Ivan Dzuba writes in his work, “We only have a sack of eyes, a circle of eyes. ” : “… Tsarism did not cost a penny to the lives of its soldiers. ” ,which is quite legal for a country with such a social system as in the then Russia. “
The current steps, the descendants of those legendary warriors, must know, remember and be proud of such bright pages of their history.
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