Day of the engineering troops of Belarus (21/01)

The Day of Engineering Troops in Belarus, as well as in Russia, is celebrated annually on January 21st. In the Republic, this professional holiday was established by Decree of the President of the Republic No. 157 of March 26, 1998.

The history of the engineering troops dates back to the time of Peter I, when, by his Decree of January 21, 1701, he created the “School of the Pushkar order” in Moscow, which trained artillery officers and military engineers. Starting next year, the first miner units of the regular Russian army began to be completed with graduates of this school. In 1712, Peter I ordered to separate the engineering school from the school of the Pushkar order and expand it. Then the St. Petersburg Engineering School was created (1719). And 4 years later, the Moscow school was transferred to St. Petersburg and merged with St. Petersburg. In these schools, non-commissioned and chief officers of the engineering troops were trained.

From the very beginning, the engineering troops proved themselves both in peacetime and in wartime. They took part in all the battles to defend the Fatherland. The knowledge, courage and courage of military engineers to a large extent contributed to the successful conduct of military operations in the Patriotic War of 1812, during the defense of Sevastopol (1854-1855), during the Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905) and two world wars. The engineering troops also made a significant contribution to the elimination of the consequences of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.