The task of defenders of Gangut was not to let any enemy ship, which could threaten Leningrad, into the Gulf of Finland, but at the most resolute moments to assume strengths of the opponent. In a short pause between the end of winter war with Finland and the beginning of the Great Patriotic War which Finland entered in the first day - on June 25, 1941, the building of the naval base decorated with the Order of the Red Banner of the Baltic fleet began on the Peninsula, the overland border with Finland was strengthening, passing on a strait. When the young political commissar N. Didenko arrived to the duty station, mines had already been exploding in the Gulf of Finland, and behind the water columns in puffs it was impossible to see the constructed railroad with the concreted platforms. Two batteries with long-range tools moved on just handed over route at night. The peninsula flared, as in a hell: 31 Finnish batteries continuously shot day and night on the peninsula with a total area of 115 square kilometers. Sometimes, per day to 4 thousand shells and mines blew up the earth of the peninsula … There was no Home Front. It was necessary to bite into the earth - into dugouts, entrenchments, blindages, earth-and-timber emplacements. Enemies often set fire to the wood. Fighters put out fire, neglecting elementary safety precautions. People were being killed, the land was being burnt. The next shot-down plane was falling from the sky into the waters of the Gulf of Finland with fiery glow like the terrible flaring bird. Many pilots remained in the sky forever. The political commissar needed to support belief in a victory, to raise the soldiers’ spirits. The basic newspaper “Red Gangut” was published on the Peninsula. The young political commissar liked to read, using it not only as the most important source of information for the garrison which was cut off from the Continent. The newspaper inspired great belief in mission’s correctness of defenders of the Homeland and, the main thing, belief in the Victory. Daily on 4 strips the newspaper gave operational reports, messages, chronicle of defense. Data report was accepted by radio by the sergeant Grigory Syrovatko. The artist Boris Prorokov who was decorating the newspaper could both draw the poster, and a ridiculous caricature on the enemy. There were two journalists in an editorial office of the company newspaper— Evgeny Voyskunsky and Mikhail Dudin. After the Victory their names would start to sound with all force both among science fiction writers (Evgeny Voyskunsky), and among famous poets-veterans (Mikhail Dudin). At that time the poet Mikhail Dudin who became subsequently well-known wrote hard won lines:
“Walk, my poem, from ledges of the Finnish rocks
Springy stride of military gait,
And tell about the things you didn’t tell
Poor language of the operational report”.