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История ОАО ГАЗ

История ОАО ГАЗ

Gorky Automobile plant in the years of Great Patriotic war.

The 22 of june, 1941. This sunday was unusually festive for workers of

Automobile Plant. On the eve, on saturday, the plant personnel marked an

important labour achievement - the assembly of the 1,000,000th engine.

Factory's newspaper «Autogigant» issued with the big title across whole

strip: «There is the millionth engine!». «Gorkovskaya kommuna»

congratulated the plant personnel on a big labor victory. On the radio

there was a concert for the best workers of the plant. Already in the

morning there were a lot of people on the bus' stops. Some of them were

going to Striginski wood, the other - to the Oka's beach, the lovers of

sports hurried to the stadium. Everywhere there were happy faces, music.

Who could think, that in a few hours everything would be changed? Who could

know, that it had already changed…

An hour later it was a big meeting in front of the plant. «…We declare

ourselves mobilized to defend our beloved Motherland and are ready to work

and to struggle, … , up to complete victory over the enemy!».

And immediately there were the first applications requesting to direct

people to the front. On the same day after the meetings many workers went

to their work places. On the 22 of june the master of tools and stamps

Shabanov together with a grinder Dorogavtsev and a fitter Rykalin and

others performed a huge work, without going out of the workshop for 21

hours. In usual conditions four days were required for this work. On the

same day the planeman of the workshop of hot stamps N. N. Tulumbasov

completed three rates. V. D. Pastuhov surpassed the rate in 4 times and

after the shift till the night he worked at the another task. There were

tens and hundreds of similar examples of labor heroism.

In the hour of trouble hundreds of people went to the Communist Party

Commitee, Young Communist League commitee, millitary registration office.

In their applications they asked to direct them as volunteers to the front.

More than 100 applications were received from the workers on the 22nd of

June and their number being increased every day.

The bright manifestation of patriotism, readiness of people to defend

their Motherland was the creation of territorial armies. People of

different ages and professions went there. They were united by a common

ambition - to battle out liberty and independence of the Motherland with

weapons in their hands. In a short period of time about 10 thousand of

workers became territorial armies members. After a hard working day they

were trained to shoot, to master a rifle, a machine-gun, a grenade.

Hundreds of YCL members headed self-protection groups. Special detachments

for guarding the industrial objects, for struggling against fire, spies and

saboteurs were created in workshops.

* * *

War changed the conditions and tasks of working of all enterprises of

industry and transport. It was necessary in the shortest possible period to

restructure industry to the military way, maximally use all reserves and

possibilities for the victory over the enemies. Gorky Automobile Plant

workers in the shortest time-limits had to pass to the output of light

tanks, of tanks engines, armoured cars, mortars, ammunition. At that time

the director of the plant was Ivan Kuzmich Loskutov (was born in 1900).

The restructuring of the enterprise was developed according to a new

schedule. The equipment was placed in the workshops according to the new

plan. Technological chain of producing units and details was reconsidered.

Such plants as «Red Sormovo», «Red Etna», Gorkovskii metallurgical,

Pavlovsky buses', Kulebaksky metallurgical and others rendered much

assistence in the timely supply of the steel bodies of tanks, rolled metal,

normals, driving tools, various materials.

Manifesting the greatest persistance, energy, initiative, the Gorky

Automobile Plant staff successfully mastered new production processes,

continuously increased the output of tanks and tanks engines, mortars and

ammunition. It was impossible to imagine, that a man is able to work

continuously for 20-30 hours. But now workers, fulfilling the tasks of the

front, did not go out of the plant day and night. In the foundry the oven

broke down. With the risk of his life electrician N. K. Sorokin together

with his assistant A. V. Lupov began repairing the oven, without cooling

it. The same day it was repaired. Emergent military order was fulfilled in


The restructuring of manufacture to a military way of production was

connected with the problem of cadres. Thousands of people went to war, and

the front imperatively required the new production. At the Gorky Automobile

Plant, just like nationwide, powerful patriotic movement of women for

mastering the new professions began. They replaced husbands and brothers,

came to machine-tools, persistently mastering new specialities, for a long

time have not abandoned the workshops fulfilling military orders. Only in

the first month of war more than 1500 housewives came to the factory.

Practically there was no such profession which was not mastered by soviet

patriots. More than 500 women in short period successfully mastered

difficult (male) professions - they became blacksmiths, steel founders,

warmers, etc. Amid the workers awarded at the end of 1941 for selfless

labor there were many women: P. E. Mokshina, N. V. Vorobyova, T. I.

Maslennikova, D. K. Emelianova, M. V. Malysheva, A. V. Alexandrova and


The factory's staff had difficult technical and organizational tasks.

If to pre-war preparing, setting up and mastering of the passenger car M-1

took two years and the significant quantity of import equipment, and

mastering of more difficult weaponry was ended at the plant in five months

without any additional equipment. At the enterprises new processes were

arranged: the production of rubber and its parts, the manufacturing of

carbide, metal rolling etc. Because of absence of metal sheets the plant

had to begin the output of trucks with wooden cabins.

Understanding the importance of Gorky city as a large industrial

centre, enemy tried to paralyze the activity of one of the principal

armories of the country. Workers met courageously the first air raids.

Thousands of workers, engineers, technicians, housewives, students came out

after work and learnt to construct bomb-proofs. The hundreds of groups to

struggle with incendiary bombs functioned at the enterprise. The workers

gave more and more tanks, tank's engines, military machines, mortars,

ammunition to the front every day.

Thanks to the great organization work and selfless labor of the staff

of GAZ at the end of 1941 the restructuring of manufacture to the military

rails was mainly ended. The output of production for the front (except the

automobiles) grew from month to month.

Movement for combining of professions at the plant was increasing. In

august of 1941 there were 668 people who were mastering several

specialities. At the beginning of october the members of YCL of the plant

set a new form of socialist competition - front brigades. In a few days,

front brigades were created in many workshops. On 15 october of 1941 32

front brigades were functioning at the plant, which united 256 young

patriots. The first front brigade of V. Shubin, V. Tikhomirov, I.

Yakimenko, V. Shabaev, P. Davydova, F. Liubavin and others displayed the

examples of genuine labor heroism.

In the short time-limits the plant mastered the manufacturing of a new

tank T-70 and armored car. For the development of the constructions of the

new types of light tanks and armored cars, the main designer of the plant

A. A. Lipgart, deputy of the main designer N. A. Astrov and designer V. A.

Grachev were awarded «The Goverment bonus».

* * *

The summer of 1943 brought the difficult trials to the warriors of the

Soviet Army and the workers of the plant.

On the 4 of june, 1943 at 23.40 the air alert was declared. The enemy

dropped high-explosive and incendiary bombs on the plant, lighted by the

enemy's missiles. A lot of workshops, houses of Sotsgorod, offices,

building were burnt. Water-supply was broken, there was nothing to

extinguish the fires. In many workshops the wooden walls were set in fire.

The substation, which was receiving the electricity from Gorenergo was put

out of action by splinter of bomb. The plant was in the flame. More than

100 high-explosive bombs were dropped to the plant on the first day of air-

bombing. Blacksmith №3, chassis workshop, the main conveyer, partially

spring workshop and another workshops were put out of action. Several

houses, children's garden, a hospital were destroyed in the plant's


But the enemies continued air-bombing. From 4 to 22 of june of 1943

they appeared at the same time over the plant. Many workshops were

destroyed or capitally damaged, arterial communication networks were

seriously damaged, the production cycle was impaired. At all enterprise 50

buildings and constructions, more than 9 thousand metres of conveyers, 5900

units of process equipment, 8 thousand of engines, 28 cranes, 8 workshops

substations, 14 thousands of kits of instruments and many other were

destroyed or damaged.

But despite the destructions, the plant continued to live and to work.

The largest Gorky factories: «Red Sormovo», «The engine of revolution»,

«Red Etna», the aeronautic factory of Orjonikidze and other enterprises

were engaged in reconstructive work. Workers, restoring the plant, at the

same time increased the tempoes of manufacturing. And on the 18 of august

of 1943 all the workshops of the Gorky Automobile plant were working.

28 of october, 1943 plant workers and builders reported to the national

Committee of Defense about the plant recovery. The manufacturing program of

the IV quarter of 1943 to goods production was fulfilled 121%. Annual plan

was completed ahead of time, on the 17 of December.

Victory was provided not only in the workshops of the factory, but also

in design bureaus. The outstanding designers were A. A. Lipgard, V. A.

Dedkov, V. A. Grachev, N. A. Astrov, A. M. Kriger, I. N. Sorochkin, L. V.

Kostkin, V. K. Rubtsov, N. I. Efimov, N. F. Denisiuk. They all were awarded

by the local authorities and the government for their work. At the

beginning of 1945 by efforts of the chief-designer A. A. Lipgard, designers

A. M. Kriger, Y. N. Sorochkin , L. V. Kostkin and other talanted designers

new lorry automobiles GAS-53 , GAS-AA€€, GAS-63, car M-20 «Victory»

(«Pobeda») were created.

At that time Soviet soldiers successfully stormed Berlin. The news

about our victory was brought out among the workshops of the plant. Two

hours later the order which was the shortest one in the war period under

signature stamp «urgently» appeared - 1293. The factory director I. K.

Loskutov congratulated workers on their great victory, and the day of 9th

of May was declared completely out of work for all workshops and

departments. Thousands of tanks, automotive installations and lorries were

given to the front by GAZ during the years of the Great Patriotic War. For

success in the all-union socialist competition the Red Banner of GCD was

given to the GAZ staff for 33 times. The Red Banner GCD as the symbol of

courage and labor heroism was passed over to them for eternal storage.


1. «Gorky Automobile Plant», Moscow, 1981.

2. «Gorky Automobile Plant», Moscow, 1964.

3. «Labour and deed write the history», Gorky, 1981.

4. The materials from the archive of GAZ.