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  • Kharkov, U.S.S.R. (Kharkov, Ukraine)
    Monday Oct 20, 1941

    World War II

    First Battle of Kharkov

    Kharkov, U.S.S.R. (Kharkov, Ukraine)
    Monday Oct 20, 1941

    By 20 October the Germans had reached the western edge of Kharkov, it was taken by 24 October. At that time, however, most of Kharkiv's industrial equipment had been evacuated or rendered useless by the Soviet authorities.




  • Sevastopol, U.S.S.R.
    Thursday Oct 30, 1941

    World War II

    Siege of Sevastopol

    Sevastopol, U.S.S.R.
    Thursday Oct 30, 1941

    The Siege of Sevastopol also known as the Defense of Sevastopol, was a military battle that took place on the Eastern Front of the Second World War. On 4 July 1942, the remaining Soviet forces surrendered and the Germans seized the port.




  • Crimean Peninsula, U.S.S.R.
    Friday Dec 26, 1941

    World War II

    Battle of the Kerch Peninsula

    Crimean Peninsula, U.S.S.R.
    Friday Dec 26, 1941

    In May the Germans defeated Soviet offensives in the Kerch Peninsula. The Battle of the Kerch Peninsula was a World War II battle between Erich von Manstein's German and Romanian 11th Army and the Soviet Crimean Front forces in the Kerch Peninsula. It began on 26 December 1941 with an amphibious landing operation by two Soviet armies intended to break the Siege of Sevastopol. From January through April, the Crimean Front launched repeated offensives against the 11th Army, all of which failed with heavy losses. Superior German artillery firepower was largely responsible for the Soviet debacle. On 8 May 1942, the Axis struck with great force in a major counteroffensive code-named Trappenjagd which concluded by around 19 May 1942 with the liquidation of the Soviet defending forces.




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