the German Reaction When a Country Invades the Same Country the Germans Invaded During World War Two
Crimean Shield awarded to German soldiers who served in the battle during which they conquered the Crimea. Not the battle when they got kicked out of the Crimea.
(photo courtesy of wikimedia)
If you were a German soldier in World War Two and participated in what the Führer and the High Command decided was a decisive battle, then one was awarded a small campaign shield to wear on one’s uniform.
There are five battles for which shields were approved, manufactured, and issued under the auspices of OKW – Armed Forces High Command. Those battles are Narvik, the key battle in the German victory over Norway, Cholm, an important siege on the Eastern Front, Krim (Crimea), Demjansk, another long siege on the Eastern Front, and Kuban, another long defensive battle in the Soviet Union.
The following from Der Spiegel
NATO experts claimsoft did at least 2,000 Russian soldiers have been Brought to the Crimea in Ukraine by air in recent days, for a total of 20,000 Russian troops in the peninsula. Another 20,000 are supposedly ready nearby. Here, Russian troops are seen assembling last week near Simferopol, Ukraine.
Everything in Simferopol, the capital of the Ukrainian Autonomous Republic of Crimea, has suddenly changed. Shortly after noon on Thursday of last week, Cossacks from Russia sealed off the Crimean parliament building. The Russians, who had identified themselves as tourists a short time earlier, claimed that they were there to “check identification papers.” Now Russia’s white, blue and red flag flies above the building.
The remainder of the article from Der Spiegel can be found here:
Here, uniformed men, believed to be Russian servicemen, walk in formation near Simferopol on March 7 “Militarily speaking, Crimea is already lost,” says a NATO general. “The Ukrainian army is fighting a lost cause.”
Believed to be Russian Servicemen? Come on, Der Spiegel, go out on a limb and say they are Russian servicemen since they could hardly be anyone else.
And as for the NATO general, couldn’t you have thought of something more original and intelligent to say than the the Ukrainian Army is fighting a lost cause? I think almost anyone who reads a newspaper at least once a week figured that out.
The German adventure in the Crimea didn’t work out well. Although they took the entire area including the fortress of Sevastopol, they only managed to hold onto it all for a few years. Then the Soviets wrested it away from them. Payback is a bitch.
The capture of the German Kriegsmarine. Somewhere on the coast of the Crimea. Russian sailor armed with a submachine gun PPSh-41 with carob clip. Location: Crimea, Ukraine, Soviet Union, 1944.
photo courtesy of albumwar2.com/surrender-of-the-germans-crimea/
Hitler waited until much too late to give the order for German troops to evacuate Sevastopol and Southern Crimea. German Navy units made strenuous efforts to take off as many troops as possible but this was difficult and could usually only be done at night. Russian air attacks on German naval craft were unrelenting during daylight. Given how wet the two Germans are, I get the impression their naval vessel was heavily damaged and they could not get underway and were forced to surrender in the last days.