Gusev town, Kaliningradskaya OblastThe city of Gusev is about 300 years, although the first structures in its place date back to 1-2 century AD. The Prussians owned these places, but then the German invaders, crusaders came. So the city of Gumbinnen appeared, which did not stand out, except for the cheap agricultural, dairy and meat products that used to be supplied to both Koenigsberg and Berlin.
In the historical chronicle, the city of Gusev (Gumbinnen) has been primarily recorded in connection with wars. In 1812 Napoleon stopped there to make last adjustments to the strategic plan of attack on Russia. It was the Russian Army in 1914 and Soviet Army in 1945 on the Gumbinnen direction that exercised breakthroughs of defensive structures of German troops. In February 1945, the attacking column was headed by Captain Sergei Gusev, who later was killed in a fierce battle, but achieved the mission set - the fascist units retreated with heavy losses. Now solemn ceremonies are regularly held at the monument to S.I. Gusev, and it cannot be otherwise: memory of the heroes is sacred.
All visiting Gusev tourists praise the city with similar words: homy, cute, compact, poetic, especially in summer when there is a lot of greenness. But the residents of Gusev themselves are less generous. Especially they often complain on the lack of jobs. The population of the city is only 28-29 thousand people, but many of them have to leave to look for suitable jobs outside, sometimes in such distant lands as Germany, USA, Canada. However, the Gusevites always remember their homeland and this photo-report is dedicated to them. If you suffer from nostalgia, take at least a virtual stroll through the streets of a snow-covered city. Little motherland is always waiting for you.