Sapun-gora

Sapun-gora

44.552879°N 33.583403°E / 44.553°N 33.583°E / 44.553; 33.583 (Sapun-gora)

Obelisk of Glory to Soviet Warriors on Sapun-gora.

Sapun-gora (Sapun Ridge) (Ukrainian: Сапун-гора, Crimean Tatar: Sapun dağı, Сапун дагъы) — is a ridge (240 m height) to the southeast of Sevastopol, in Crimea, Ukraine.

It became the arena of 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 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.

In 2 years, on the final stage of the Crimean Offensive the assault of Sapun-gora on the 7th of May, 1944 was successful for Red Army. On 9 May 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 warriors on this place were erected, in 1959 the diorama showing the assault of the German fortifications was opened.

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