Wednesday, March 17, 2010

RUSSIA ~Novorossiysk- The Little Land~

Received a very interesting card from Russia today....It must have been a place of fierce battles during WWII in the years 1942-1943!

Novorossiysk - is the largest port city in Russia. The city is situated on the shores of ever non-freezing Tsemess Bay - one of the most comfortable at the Black Sea. The port of Novorossiysk provides foreign sea trade of Russia with the regions of Asia, Middle East, Africa, Mediterranean and South America.

"Little land" - is a legendary beachhead of Novorossiysk. In February of 1943 the landing forces of soldiers and sailors reconquered from superior in quantity enemies a 30km2 patch of land, called "Little Land". Three hundreds of warriors stood against the twenty-four-hour squall of fire and iron. On September 16th, 1943, together with attacking soviet forces, the beachhead's defenders set Novorossiysk completely free. In memory of the feat a Memorial was created on the shore where the troops landed.

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