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The first book in any language to cover the full history of Russia's historic Crimean naval citadel, from its founding through to the current tensions that threaten the region.
Founded by Catherine the Great, the maritime city of Sevastopol has been fought over for centuries. Crucial battles of the Crimean War were fought on the hills surrounding the city, and the memory of this stalwart defence inspired those who fruitlessly battled the Germans during World War II. Twice the city has faced complete obliteration yet twice it has risen, phoenix-like, from the ashes.
In this groundbreaking volume, award-winning author Mungo Melvin explores how Sevastopol became the crucible of conflict over three major engagements - the Crimean War, the Russian Civil War and World War II - witnessing the death and destruction of countless armies yet creating the indomitable 'spirit of Sevastopol'.
By weaving together first-hand interviews, detailed operational reports and battle analysis, Melvin creates a rich tapestry of history.
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PART ONE - EARLY SEVASTOPOL
Chapter 1 Crucible of Conflict
Chapter 2 The Founding of Sevastopol
Chapter 3 Bastion of Maritime Power
PART TWO - THE CRIMEAN WAR
Chapter 4 The Eastern War
Chapter 5 The First Defence of Sevastopol
Chapter 6 Inkerman and the Spirit of Sevastopol
Chapter 7 Defeat and Defiance
PART THREE - CITY OF REVOLUTION
Chapter 8 Ruin, Peace and Recovery
Chapter 9 The 1905 Revolution
Chapter 10 World War to Civil War
Chapter 11 Allied Intervention and the Russian Civil War
PART FOUR - MODERN WAR
Chapter 12 Red Terror to Patriotic War
Chapter 13 City of Courage: the Second Defence of Sevastopol
Chapter 14 The End of the Second Defence and Axis Occupation
Chapter 15 Liberation and Reconstruction
Chapter 16 Fraternal Conflict