Blood and Iron: The German Conquest of Sevastopol by C. G. Sweeting

By C. G. Sweeting

BLOOD AND IRON tells the tale of 1 of the main dramatic campaigns of global warfare II, the German conquest of the Crimean Peninsula and the port of Sevastopol in 1941–42. Sevastopol was once the world’s such a lot strongly fortified urban and residential of the Soviet Black Sea fleet. As German forces penetrated deeper and deeper into Soviet Russia, their provide traces grew to become liable to assault from this Soviet stronghold at the Crimea. to take away the danger, Hitler despatched one among his most sensible box commanders, Col. Gen. Erich von Manstein, to guide the offensive. German forces, aided by means of Axis allies, fought a sequence of bold and bloody battles that just about led to defeat. Manstein ultimately outfoxed his Soviet competitors, and the crusade culminated within the epic siege of Sevastopol. to wreck Sevastopol’s bold defenses, the Germans used vast siege weapons, together with the extraordinary 80cm ''Dora,'' the biggest artillery piece ever built. With the autumn of Sevastopol in July 1942, Hitler’s forces looked to be well-positioned to deal the Soviets a knockout blow, however the war’s momentum could noticeably shift a couple of months later at Stalingrad.

C. G. Sweeting’s account of this significant yet little-known crusade includes a couple of hundred infrequent pictures and different illustrations, and his narrative brings to existence the stories of the warriors who fought the battles. global struggle II buffs will relish his in-depth descriptions of German and Soviet guns and kit. This fast moving, gripping background is key examining for an individual drawn to the warfare at the japanese entrance.

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