Winners are not judged

You know the well-known expression "Winners are not judged", which means that the main thing is to achieve victory, no matter which way is honest or dishonorable. For the first time, this phrase was uttered by Catherine II in defense of Generalisimussa Suvorov. And it was like this ...

During the Russo-Turkish War in 1773, Major General Alexander Suvorov was sent to the front in Moldova. Field Marshal Pyotr Rumyantsev, commander of the Danube Army, sent Suvorov with a small detachment to watch the Turks in Turtukay, a Turkish fortress on the banks of the Danube, which stood on one of the Danube crossings. (Nowadays it is the Bulgarian city of Tutrakan).

There were only 2, 300 people in Suvorov's detachment. Boats were prepared for the crossing, but the Turks got ahead of the Russians and raided them at night. Suvorov miraculously escaped that night. After interviewing the prisoners, Alexander Vasilyevich found out that there is a 4-thousandth garrison under the command of Sary Pasha in the fortress. This was seven times more than the Russians could have carried in boats across the Danube. Suvorov instantly makes a decision. He orders to prepare for an offensive that very night so that the enemy cannot see the inequality of forces. The Turks were attacked by two columns of Russian soldiers, covered by a loose formation of rangers. This arrangement was then completely new. The enemy troops were outnumbered, but the Russian columns took the batteries of the Turks by storm and invaded the city of Turtukai. The city was taken. The losses of the Russians amounted to 200 people, the Turks - 1500 people. During this battle, when a Turkish gun exploded, Suvorov was wounded in his right leg.

He sent his report to Rumyantsev in verse: “Glory to God, glory to you; Turtukay was taken, and I am there. "

Suvorov took Turtukai without permission, without the knowledge of the commander-in-chief, who ordered him to make only reconnaissance near the fortress. The enraged Rumyantsev summoned him to him. After a severe reprimand, Suvorov was stripped of his command, put on trial and sentenced to death for disobedience. Tormented by a fever, suffering from a wound received at Turtukai, Suvorov lived in Bucharest, awaiting the execution of the sentence, but unexpectedly learned that the decision of the military court had been sent for approval to the empress.

Her decision was not long in coming. She signed on the verdict: "Winners are not judged" - and sent Suvorov the cross of St. George of the II degree for the displayed valor and courage.