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Perekop, Crimea, Ukraine

Crimea has hit the headlines in the last few weeks, so I thought I’d post a few pictures that I took on on the Perekop Isthmus, the narrow neck of land that joins the Crimean Peninsula to the mainland of … Continue reading

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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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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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Meeting of the Fronts Memorial, Kalach-on-Don, Russia

This memorial commemorates the events of November 23, 1942, when the initial encirclement of German forces at Stalingrad was achieved. The Soviet counter-offensive, Operation Uranus, was launched on November 19, when the Southwest Front and Don Front attacked the 3rd … Continue reading

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Monument to the Unknown Sailor, 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. Novorossiysk’s Memorial to the Unknown Sailor is a simple statue … Continue reading

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11th Guards Rifle Division Monument, Kaliningrad, Russia

This memorial commemorates the 11th Guards Rifle Division, which was part of 11th Guards Army’s attack into Kaliningrad from the south of the city. It is a simple rectangular concrete obelisk, 3 metres high and with a red marble plaque. … Continue reading

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Memorial to the Pilots of the Baltic Fleet, Kaliningrad, Russia

This memorial is dedicated to the pilots of the Baltic Fleet who died during the Great Patriotic War The inscription on the memorial reads “1941-1945 гг. Светлой памяти воинов авиаторов ДКБФ братской могилой которых стало балтийское море.” In English, this … Continue reading

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