Odessa 1941-44

Defense, Occupation, Resistance and Liberation

Nikolai Ovcharenko

After a brief overview of the origins and development of the city of Odessa on the Black Sea Coast, author Nikolai Ovcharenko turns to its citizens' ordeal during the Second World War.
Publication date:
May 2018
Publisher :
Helion and Company
Editor :
Stuart Britton
Language:
English
Illustration :
c 16 b/w photos, maps
Format Available     Quantity Price
Hardback
ISBN : 9781912390144

Dimensions : 245 X 170 cm
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£25.00

Overview
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• A deeply-researched account of the experience of this pivotal Black Sea port during the war on the Eastern Front 1941-44
• Covers the Romanian assault on the city in 1941, the years of occupation, and the defeat of the German Sixth Army in 1944
• Includes interviews with survivors of the combat

After a brief overview of the origins and development of the city of Odessa on the Black Sea Coast, author Nikolai Ovcharenko turns to its citizens' ordeal during the Second World War. In the process, he describes the heroism of the city's defenders and residents in the summer of 1941 on the land, sea and in the sky, when defending against insistent Romanian attacks. Exploiting the numerous estuaries on the Black Sea coastline, which served as natural defensive lines, under the weight of numerically superior Romanian forces, Odessa's defenders successively, fell back into the city of Odessa itself. Once the situation became critical, a valiant counterattack in part with naval infantry gained valuable space and time for Odessa. Eventually, at a time when German forces had advanced far to the east and were approaching the critical naval base of Sebastopol in the Crimea, the decision was made to evacuate the remaining Soviet forces from Odessa. There ensued more than two years of occupation and underground resistance; the partisans and activists made use of the extensive catacombs underneath the city of Odessa. The occupiers scored successes against the underground movement, which Ovcharenko details in succeeding chapters using contemporary newspapers and interviews with surviving eyewitnesses, but were never able to stamp out resistance completely. Finally, in the spring of 1944, Odessa was liberated by forces of the advancing Third Ukrainian Front. Ovcharenko describes this offensive against forces of the resurrected German Sixth Army.