Why to the historian to argue with the novelist?
... When the Russian armies under command of the general Rennenkampf and the general Samsonov in August, 1914 intruded in East Prussia, Germans had to throw urgently troops from the West on the East. Charged to save East Prussia Ginderburgu and Lyudendorfu. The chief of an operations section of a staff Max Hoffman offered the plan, impudent to adventurism, - at interaction of two Russian armies Germans were threatened by a complete disaster. To calm the chiefs Max Hoffman, started a baize about what he, being in years russko - the Japanese war by the observer at the Russian army, saw as in station buffet of Mukden Samsonov and Rennenkampf exchanged slaps in the face. He convinced the administration that Rennenkampf will not help Samsonov. This myth began to walk on literature. It is thought, it is possible to understand Valentin Pikul, the novelist who took a gofmansky baize for the historical truth. It is more difficult to understand the historian who writes in the scientific article:
“Let`s quote the famous Soviet writer Valentin Pikul: “... The last time he battled against Japanese; after fights near Mukden it came to the platform of the station - directly from attack! - to train withdrawal. When the general Rennenkampf got into the car (by nickname “Yellow Danger“), Samsonov burst it on a red ugly face:
- Here to you, the general, for imperishable memory... Carry!
Rennenkampf fled by the car. Samsonov in rage shook by a lash after the leaving train:
- I led the lava in attack, hoping that this nit will support me from the flank, and he stayed all night long in the gaolena and even from there did not expose a nose...“
is for certain known to Everyone who read Pikul`s miniatures this bright episode. The writer obviously considered him by the artistic triumph, including this scene and in texts of the novels. “
Yury Bakhurin, historian. The STATION FOR TWO: To a question of “a Mukden slap in the face“ of Samsonov of Rennenkampfu
Pozvolitelno to ask a question: if the historian decided to tell the truth about “a Mukden slap in the face“ of Samsonov Rennenkampfu, then why to quote Valentin Pikul, the author of a work of art, but not historical research?