St. Michael's defense battery in Sevastopol
• The defense of St. Michael's battery in Sevastopol
Sevastopol - one of the cities of the former Soviet Union, according to which the Great Patriotic War paced relentless roller up and down. Perhaps that is why there are so developed patriotism and so deep interest to the residents of its military history. This applies not only to the older generation, but also to young people.
One way to study the events already distant years is a military-historical reconstruction. There are various ways to treat these people from time to time putting on uniforms 40s of the 20th century and originating in the hands of the PCA or the Mosin rifle.
Someone might say - not played enough in the war games. And someone respectfully shook his head. Believe me, you will be surprised how much each of the reenactors aware of that era, which he carried away. To detail - from the buttons on the form to the events that took place in various locations.
Not those on which to write a novel, but of those who do not know almost nobody. Or that given the maximum two or three lines in the multi-volume history of the Second World War. Just one of these episodes and today's story. On the last hours of a three-day St. Michael's defense battery in Sevastopol 21-24 June 1942.
This little episode on the scale of World War II, you will find all three lines in the public ... Michael's casemated battery is located on the North side of Sevastopol Bay on the east cape of Sukha Balka.
The battery was part of the so-called fortress of Sevastopol and existed even before its construction, which began in 1834.
Here is information that can be found in the public domain about the events on the battery during the war - "In defense of Sevastopol days in the second half of 1942, when the Germans broke through on the north side of town, the reference point was set up at St. Michael's battery, which defended the officers and men 110 th anti-air defense artillery regiment the Black Sea Fleet and shore battery №72. headed defense captain R. Khairulin. Garrison kept the defense for three days and destroyed much of the battery was evacuated by order of the command on the south side on the night of June 24, 1942 but".
And later in the photo story that managed to find reenactors ..
The first bombs hit, hit the fort in June 1942, fell on the dining-room crews located on the roof of the right wing of the battery. This happened in the middle of dinner, and almost all were there at the time were killed under the rubble and flames. Unfortunately, they were not the last victims of that terrible summer. For a few days in late June 1942 Mikhailovsky fort became one of the strongholds of Defense north side of Sebastopol. It so happened that filled with civilians, remains disparate parts, the old fort been shot point-blank range, traces of which still impress with their number. It is hard to imagine, but the area in front of the fort, which is now on the parents like to walk with prams became the scene of a terrible battle. Dead bodies littered the remains of technology everywhere. Direct hit 203 mm projectile was brought down the south tower, under which the debris killed 17 people whose remains have lain there until 1994 until they were found by search engines.
So the 20 th of June 1942. Soldiers of the various parts, as well as civilians are hiding behind the thick walls of the casemates of the first tier of the battery
Behind the walls of a constant hum of the approaching battles.
The soldiers and sailors moved through the galleries, in preparation for the inevitable defense.
The commanders decide how to proceed in this situation
The Red Army treats the girl tea with sugar ...
The soldiers reading letters from home. For many of them this is the last letter read ...
At that moment, a deafening explosion - a bomb falls into the dining-room crews
The men rush to the windows. The Germans are starting battery fierce shelling direct fire from guns and machine guns
A direct hit in the south tower, which leads to its destruction, people move through the galleries in the direction of the north wing
The officers try to control the situation, watching the actions of the enemy
From time to time the Germans were going to attack, and the battle moved to the near distance - on the square in front of the battery
Time - Life
The commanders constantly have to prevent panic attempts by some men ...
In the heat of battle
The enemy is near. Move in front of the windows obtained only short dashes
Mother and Child
Defenders getting smaller ..
On the night of June 24, 1942 Battery defenders receive a command to move to the South, crossing the bay
"The first rescue civilians and children!"
Under a hail of bullets and explosions, the NKVD-Schnick takes the girl to a saving way out of the tower ...
From where do not reach the German bullets and shrapnel shells, evacuation will be few survivors of these three days
There, on the other side of the temporary salvation .. It remains only to cross to the opposite shore
... and hell on the other side, no less ... only 10 days remain until the surrender of the city ...