Storming Mount Sapun, May 7, 1944, Diorama Museum (World War II)

by Chossid August. 02, 2012 10804 views

Adapted From Wikipedia

Sapun-gora (Mount Sapun) — is a ridge (240 m height) to the southeast of Sevastopol, in Crimea, Ukraine.

It became the arena of a fierce battle during the siege of Sevastopol (1941-1942), and also during its recapturing in 1944.

When defending Sevastopol the Soviet troops held the Sapun Ridge and could observe German movements to the city from the south. It took the Wehrmacht nearly 2 weeks of desperate fighting to take control over these positions in late June 1942. As a consequence, Soviet troops had to evacuate from Crimea.

Two years later, in the final stage of the Crimean offensive, on the 7th of May, 1944, the assault of Sapun-gora was successful for the Red Army. On May 9th, 1944, just over one month after the start of the battle, Sevastopol fell. German forces were evacuated from Sevastopol to Constanța.

Later in 1944 the first monuments to the Soviet soldiers were erected in this place, In 1959 the diorama showing the assault of the German fortifications was opened. (Coming up)

These historical posts are for my cousin Judy, and for Jay – both history buffs!

As we approach, the first 4 pics are naval guns, torpedoes, mines, rudder (I think.)

Hard to look at beautiful, pastoral scenery and imagine the bloody battles that took place here.

Foxholes in the foreground

Dress up and have your picture taken here (on your own camera, of course.)

I think these are pretty self explanatory…

“The defenders of Sevastopol”

This one is of special interest to all of us! My father gave me several similar cameras, and I stupidly gave them away years ago!

Nazi medals. The one on the bottom left has a Crimean map on it.

Soviet medals

Pocket First Aid kit with aspirin, gauze, cotton, and medications in lead capped glass tubes, and a pipe.
Wonder what they were smoking?

A brigade of women whose job was to wash the soldiers laundry!!!

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Christa 8 years ago

It'salways hard to look back at such evil moments of the human history. Every single lost life has its own story to tell.

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Marzena Jozefczyk 8 years ago

Wow, is this museum in Sevastopol? I've been there four years ago but didn't see this museum :|

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Camille 8 years ago

interesting, yes - fascinating, no !!
I think the only "good" religion is peace - maybe, later, one day in the future .................

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Eiram Marie 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing these, Leah! Very interesting report!

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Gian Luigi 8 years ago

Great set, interesting post!

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Antonio Gil 8 years ago

I'm a fan of II world war not because of violence but as a way of knowing what man can do in times of despair. The good deeds and the bad deeds. It was good that these memories would never be forgotten so that the world never repeat the kind of atrocities that were made in name of ideologies, religions and so on.

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Amaphotos 8 years ago

Am tweeting it right away

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Amaphotos 8 years ago

Great ...

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Photoamat64 8 years ago

Oui, sans plus pour moi la photo je l'imagine autrement, différemment avec de la douceur, de la couleur, de la tendresse du charme, de grands espaces etc et non à des souvenirs douloureux.

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Jay 8 years ago

Thanks so much for this posting this, Leah. It is interesting. The war, battles, etc. between the Red Army and the Wehrmacht were so brutal. It is indeed difficult to imagine how such bucolic landscape can so quickly be turned into a slaughterhouse. Well-selected photos and easily described. Thanks again!!

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Masoud Ahmadpoor 8 years ago

No War!
Never ... Nowhere!

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Marsha 8 years ago

Great interesting!!!

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Lisa Charbonneau 8 years ago

Nice set!

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Finbarr 8 years ago

Excellent post !!

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Yves Monast 8 years ago

wonderful set....

8 years ago Edited

Interesting set and post Leah. Agree with Mxx...Children and war always makes me uneasy to tummy ...

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Marilyn Grimble 8 years ago

Thank you for this information.
I find no. 9 disturbing ... Seeing children used in this way always touches me, though I can understand why parents allow children to celebrate with them. It's a paradox.

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Olga Helys 8 years ago

Interesting and great report
Well done
Great details, colors
Thanks for these informations

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