Mariupol steelworks siege echoes 1942 fighting at Stalingrad tractor plant

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Front Lines
Mariupol steelworks siege echoes 1942 fighting at Stalingrad tractor plant

Photo credit:Mariupol City Council- Reuters

Mariupol steelworks siege echoes 1942 fighting at Stalingrad tractor plant

STORY BY STEPHEN J. THORNE

A desperate band of Ukrainian fighters and more than 1,000 terrified civilians have been holed up beneath a sprawling factory complex for more than seven weeks—the last defenders of the besieged city of Mariupol.

Facing an unrelenting barrage of bunker-busting bombs from the air and missile strikes from the sea, the holdouts were surrounded by Russian troops and in dire need of food, ammunition and medical supplies.

 

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Military Milestones
The last of the Allied convoys to the Soviet Union

Photo credit: Wikimedia.org

The last of the Allied convoys to the Soviet Union

STORY BY SHARON ADAMS

In the summer of 1941, Nazi Germany launched an invasion on the Soviet Union, despite a non-aggression pact signed by the two countries in 1939.

The Soviets were unprepared when some 3.5 million German troops attacked along a front stretching nearly 3,000 kilometres. The USSR turned to the Allies for help.

 

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