Where the Iron Crosses Grow

Where the Iron Crosses Grow

The Crimea 1941–44

General Military
  • Author: Robert Forczyk
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 20 Sep 2014
  • Number of Pages: 368
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The Crimea has been the scene of conflict throughout its history. First occupied by the Russians in the 18th century it was the scene of the Crimean War, and was drawn into the Russian Civil War, as well as World War II. Today it remains a much disputed region with the Crimea at the center of ongoing tensions between East and West. Throughout World War II the Crimea was a microcosm of the more general war on the Eastern Front, reflecting the ebb and flow of fortunes of that conflict. It was a crucible that saw first Soviet and then German armies surrounded, overwhelmed, and then destroyed. The nature of the fighting in the Crimea was unusual for the Eastern Front, with naval forces playing an important role, as the Crimea's position in the Black Sea gave rise to a major role for naval supply, amphibious landings, and, ultimately, evacuation. However, in other ways it was more characteristic of the Eastern Front, and the fighting for and occupation of the region saw the same level of atrocity and ethnic cleansing commonplace throughout the war in the East, with each side reaching the depths of barbarity in their treatment of the civilian population. Based on extensive new archival research, this incredible narrative history by acclaimed historian Robert Forczyk sheds new light on this vital aspect of the Eastern Front that has not been covered in English before.

Biographical Note

Robert Forczyk has a PhD in International Relations and National Security from the University of Maryland and a strong background in European and Asian military history. He retired as a lieutenant colonel from the US Army Reserves having served 18 years as an armour officer in the US 2nd and 4th infantry divisions and as an intelligence officer in the 29th Infantry Division (Light).

Contents

Foreword
Prologue
The Crimea Under the Hammer and Sickle, 1920-41
The Onset of War, June-August 1941
Across the Tatar Wall, September 1941
The Ring Closes Around Sevastopol, November-December 1941
Winter War, December 1941-March 1942
The German Conquest, May-July 1942
The German Occupation of the Crimea, 1942-44
The Red Army Returns to the Crimea, 1943
German Defeat in the Crimea, 1944
Postscript 2014
Appendices
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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