Nobody believed the Finns that the fascists had come close to Moscow, but disturbing messages also came from the Moscow area. And once at the end of October, taking the opportunity that there was a correspondent from the center on the peninsula at that time, defenders of Gangut wrote the letter to defenders of Moscow. On November 2, 1941 in the newspaper “Pravda”, on the eve of the well-known Parade on Red Square on November 7, 1941, the letter signed by the general Kabanov and many defenders of the peninsula was published. Citizens of Gangut wrote that for the entire period of military operations they hadn't pass and woudn't pass any enemy ship to Leningrad and that they firmly believed in strength of mind of the Soviet soldier, believed in the Victory. The letter came to an end with an appeal: “This brave and heroic act of defenders of the Peninsula Hanko has to be repeated in grandiose scales by Moscow!”
In the editorial of “Pravda” and in the response letter of Moscovites to defenders of Gangut - a reciprocal appeal to stand: “Great honour and undying glory to you, heroes of Hanko!”
And citizens of Gangut held out. Only the decision of the General Headquarters to evacuate the base and transfer its garrison to Leningrad and Kronstadt as the serious reinforcement to the Leningrad front and fleet combating in a blockade ring, explains the historic leaving of 28 thousand not knowing retreats, unbeaten fighters from Hanko. Because of “the Baltic Gibraltar” for all that period till December 2, 1941 not a single large ship of the German fleet did pass to the Gulf of Finland. On December 1 the last issue of the newspaper “Red Gangut” was published. The defense of the peninsula lasted 164 days and ended on December 2. But unfortunately that day didn't manage without loss. The huge turbo-electric ship “Joseph Stalin” was taking away from the peninsula the last fighters, the remaining property and equipment. But in the Gulf of Finland, he came across a mine and was blown up: one mine, then another, the third and fourth. The casualties were incalculable, some were rescued by Soviet ships and trawlers, many were lost, and many taken prisoner to the Finns.
N. G. Didenko with his soldiers had already been in Leningrad at that time and performed new tasks on maintenance of freight across the Road of Life.