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Kursk is the oldest city in Russia, founded back in 1032, and is conveniently located in the place where three rivers flow at once. It is considered that the city owes its name to the Kur River. Although there is still an opinion that the city is so named because of partridges, of which once upon a time there were abundant in the vicinity of Kursk and the region.
During the Great Patriotic War, the first bombing of Kursk by German aircraft took place on August 29, 1941. In early November, the enemy approached the city, and after defensive battles on November 3, 1941, occupied it. Kursk was under Nazi occupation for 450 days, the city was almost completely destroyed. On February 8, 1943, Kursk was liberated. The Battle of Kursk, which lasted for 50 days – from July 5 to August 23, 1943, became a turning point of the entire war – as a result, Soviet troops managed to intercept the strategic initiative and force the enemy to retreat from our lands, is memorable for the city and all of Russia.
On April 27, 2007, Kursk was awarded the honorary title of "City of Military Glory" for courage and heroism.