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“Sapun Ridge” Diorama Museum, Sevastopol, Ukraine

Sapun Ridge (Сапун-Гора) is a 240-m-tall ridge that provides a strong defensive position to the southeast of Sevastopol city centre. During the assault on Sevastopol in May 1944, it was defended by the German 5th Korps, but the 51st Army … Continue reading

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Reenactors, St. Petersburg, Russia

I happened to be passing through St. Petersburg on September 8, 2011, the 70th anniversary of the fall of Schlisselburg, which severed the last overland connection into Leningrad and began the 872-day siege. I spotted these reenactors on Nevskiy Prospekt. … Continue reading

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Malaya Zemlya Memorial Complex, Novorossiysk, Russia

In 2013/14, I completed an MA in Military History and Strategic Studies at Maynooth University. My thesis was on the campaign in the Kuban. The thesis can be found here. In early 1943, as the Battle of Stalingrad reached its … Continue reading

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Museum of the Black Sea Fleet, Sevastopol, Ukraine

This museum, which is located in the heart of the city at 11 Lenin Street (ул. Ленина), covers the history of the Black Sea Fleet through three eras: Imperial Russia, the Soviet Union and the post-Soviet Russian Federation. The museum … Continue reading

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Victory Square, Minsk, Belarus

Victory Square is a memorial square that is situated on Minsk’s main central boulevard Праспект Незалежнасці (Independence Avenue), near where it crosses the River Svislach. The central monument is a 38-metre granite obelisk topped with a replica of the Order … Continue reading

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Polytechnic Institute Students and Teachers Memorial, Kiev, Ukraine

This memorial commemorates the students and teachers of the Kiev Polytechnic Institute who died in the war. The memorial was created by the sculptors G. Morozov and A. Surovtsev and the architect E. Veres. It stands in front of the … Continue reading

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Memorial to the Heroes of Odessa City and Region, Odessa, Ukraine

This memorial list the names of residents of Odessa and the surrounding region who received the highest awards for their actions during the Great Patriotic War. On one side of a small square is a wall listing individuals who were … Continue reading

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