In March 15, 2003 the editor of "Litsey" newspaper got the letter from Tamara Mikhaylova from Petrozavodsk. Tamara Mikhaylova wrote that the article by Natalia Krasavtseva "The bells on the stones field" reminded her of those far away times. Her uncle, Pietr Vasilievich Lulakov, was one of those missed on the 1939-40 Winter War. Later Tamara Mikhaylova met with the workgroup members and passed them over some photos of her uncle, by some miracle survived the WW II times, and made a request to find more information about him in archives and to immortalise his memory. Tamara Mikhaylova also told about one more of her relatives – Pietr Nikolaevich Mikhaylov, who was wounded during the Winter War. After the recovery he was drafted again and participated in the Great Patriotic War.

Pietr Vasilievich Lulakov
Late 1930's. Pietr Vasilievich Lulakov

The article by Natalia Krasavtseva "The bells on the stones field" returned me to that so far away 1939-40 – to the times of the Winter War with Finns.

We know so few about this tragic period of time in the history of our country that in a bit more than three months took away the lives of nearly 20 000 young able men.

Among them was my uncle – Pietr Vasilievich Lulakov. Before the draft he lived with his wife Zina and a small doughtier Tosenka in Petrozavodsk on Fabritchnaya Street.

Hi was a loving husband, tender, attentive father/ Young and beautiful he was a good accordion player and the heart of the company.

Was, was, was…, because not surviving to his 30 he lost his life in the first days of that Winter War. And is still remembered as that by those who new him.

In the last years the military operations in the near-border regions of Karelia and Finland began to be more talked and written about. The memorials began to be set, so that the progeny would remember about those fallen there.

I was very pleased to read about the monument to the fallen Finnish and Soviet soldiers in Finland. I think it would be not only the memorial to those, who did not return from the battlefields but also the warning to all living. It is a pity that in Petrozavodsk there is no any, even very modest, memorial to the fallen soldiers. Did they not deserve?

On the contrary The Book of Memory of those fallen in the Winter War is published, though with difficulties. And we hope that the name of the private Pietr Vasilievich Lulakov, 208th infantry regiment, 18th infantry division fallen in battle in December 5th 1939 will be written there.

Pietr Nikitich Mikhaylov was born in 1912 in the Syurga (Svyatozero) village, Pryazha district, Karelia.

He was drafted to the Winter War from Petrozavodsk where he was working as a boot-maker in "Kustpromkozh" co-operative. He served as a private in the 18th infantry division. He got a multiple splinter wounds in both legs and got home on the crutches.

In June 26th 1941 he was drafted again. He fall in battle in March 9th 1944 and was buried with the military honours in the common grave in the town of Novorzhev, Pskov (earlier – Kalinin) region.