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During the Great Patriotic War Southeast road was the front trunk. Many stations were on the occupied territory, and others - on the line of fire. Railway workers have played a major role in providing all necessary Stalingrad Front (Department of Stalingrad was a part UVJD). Medal "For defense of Stalingrad" were awarded lokomotivschiki depot Povorino, LISKI, Balashov. And in the battles for the fortress on the Volga was attended by more than 300 employees highway.

In the battle of Kursk was attended by about 1000 Southeast railroad line in the Berlin operation - 400.

On the territory of the locomotive depot Voronezh-Kursk in the summer of 1942 during a brutal bombing on their official positions killed the chief depot Gavrilovic Djachuk Michael Turner and Ivan Semenovich Chebotarev.