Sevastopol falls to German and Romanian forces under command of General Erich von Manstein, in World War II
Crimea Date:1942 Duration:3 min 14 sec Sound:Yes
Camera pans over destruction in aftermath of German siege of Sevastopol, Crimea, in World War 2.
German General Erich von Manstein, Commander of German and Romanian forces, visits with officers in the ruins of Fort Maxim Gorky. He shakes hands with several of his troops, standing in front of one of the Soviet 305mm coastal guns atop the fort. Scenes of wrecked Soviet defensive batteries. Romanian troops testing the area for buried land mines. A flag identifies location of one. Romanian soldiers removing a buried mine. Romanian officers overseeing the operation. Romanian troops moving downward from the slopes toward the city, where smoke rises from bombardment. German troops moving toward bunkers. One throws a hand grenade. German soldiers moving through the city in house-to-house operations. Soviet warships sunk in the harbor. The Nazi flag flying above damaged building overlooking the harbor. What appear to be twin towers of a Russian Church and a minaret are seen in the rubble. A German soldier lays out a Nazi flag to smooth it for raising, as smoke billows from fires behind him. Camera pans the bombed and shelled hillsides in the area. Some horses stand on the hillside. A damaged artillery field piece stands amidst rubble. A deep bomb crater is shown. Soviet prisoners walk down from the fortifications. A long line of Soviet prisoners is seen marching under guard. Narrator states they number some 90 thousand.
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