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Defense of Sevastopol

Officials

Vladimir PUTIN, President of the Russian Federation,
"We never divided the victory into ours and someone else's"
Sergey Shoigu, Russian Defense Minister,
Eyes to the Victory!

History and Modernity

Valery IVANOV,
Revival of Nazism in Europe
Valery ASRIYAN,
Battle of monuments: Combating war memories
Valery Moshev,
A story of turncoats. Traitors that became heroes.
WORLD CELEBRATES VICTORY
Viktor Shestakov,
Sevastopol: the Sacred Symbol of Russia

Great Patriotic War

THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR, 1941 - 1945
BATTLE OF MOSCOW, December 1941
Vladimir Shepel, Director of Archive Of the Kazakh President,
Kazakhstan’s arsenal for the frontline
STALINGRAD, November 1942
BATTLE OF KURSK, July 1943
BATTLE OF THE DNIPER, Fall 1943
«OPERATION BAGRATION», Summer 1944
The Sons of the Transcaucasus on the Fronts of the Great Patriotic War
TAJIKISTAN'S FORGE OF VICTORY
MANAS DESCENDANTS IN THE BATTLE AGAINST NAZISM
ULUGBEK'S SUCCESSORS IN THE GREAT PATRIOTIC WAR
TURKMEN WARRIORS IN THE BOOK OF PEOPLE
Tatiana Kunina,
Deadly Fight for Pushkin
BLOCKADE OF LENINGRAD, September 1941 - January 1944
LIBERATION OF EUROPE, 1944 - 1945
THE BATTLE OF BERLIN, Spring 1945
RESCUE OF PRAGUE, May 1945
Vladimir Gall,
Spandau Fortress Gave in without Struggle…
VICTORY PARADE IN MOSCOW, June 24, 1945
LIBERATION OF MANCHURIA, August 1945
ORDER OF VICTORY
VICTORY WEAPONS
 
Defense of Sevastopol

Defense of Sevastopol

Sevastopol is a sea fortress, Crimea’s largest port city, the main basing site for Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. Sevastopol was founded on the site of the ancient Greek city of Chersonese on the instruction of Russian Empress Catherine II in 1784 after the end of the Russo-Turkish War as a result of which Crimea was annexed by Russia.

Sevastopol played a key role in the Crimean War of 1853-1856. The city was besieged by the united forces of Britain, France and Turkey. The city defenders resisted for a year and withstood several storms.

The events of those days called the First Defense of Sevastopol were actually repeated during the Great Patriotic War of 1941-1945. The Second Defense of Sevastopol started after the German armed forces invaded Crimea in September-October 1941. On September 30, German troops tried to seize the city at once, but were stopped. From November 2, they started attacking the external defensive line of the fortress. No ground units were left in the city, and defense was ensured by the Black Sea Fleet’s marines, coastguard batteries, separate training, artillery and antiaircraft units with fire support from vessels. At the same time, units of dispersed Soviet troops headed to the city.

The Soviet grouping was at first some 20,000 people. In late October, the Primorskaya Army was transferred by sea from Odessa; the reinforcement was up to 36,000 strong. The Siege of Sevastopol lasted 250 days. In June-July 1942, the Sevastopol garrison withstood for four weeks a continuous storm by the enemy’s superior forces. On July 9, 1942, when defense capabilities were exhausted, the city surrendered but up to its liberation in May 1944, underground partisan detachments were active in the city and throughout Crimea. They inflicted huge losses upon the invaders.

 

Heroic Pages

Brest Fortress Defenders
Heroes of the Panfilov Division
The medal of the Hero of the Soviet Union
Defense of Sevastopol
The Feat of Alexander Matrosov
12 Soviet Hero cities

Allied Effort

THE FIRST VICTIMS OF WAR
THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNITED NATIONS
14 GREAT VICTORIES
ALLIED ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT
WWII ALLIES
ALLIES IN IRAN, 1941 – 1945
RESISTANCE MOVEMENT
THE NORMANDIE-NIEMEN AIR REGIMENT
BROTHERHOOD OF ARMS
Victory in Afghanistan
COALITION THAT UNITED THE WORLD
ELBE DAY
PACIFIC VICTORY
Zhu De, Marshal “Red Virtue”
INTERNATIONAL CONDEMNATION OF NAZISM
RUSSIA REMEMBERS AND MOURNS: THE PRICE OF VICTORY