The first book in any language to cover the full history of Russia's historic Crimean naval citadel, from its founding through to the current tensions that threaten the region. Founded by Catherine the Great, the maritime city of Sevastopol has been fought over for centuries. Crucial battles of the Crimean War were fought on the hills surrounding the city, and the memory of this stalwart defence inspired those who fruitlessly battled the Germans during World War II. Twice the city has faced complete obliteration yet twice it has risen, phoenix-like, from the ashes.
In this groundbreaking volume, award-winning author Mungo Melvin explores how Sevastopol became the crucible of conflict over three major engagements – the Crimean War, the Russian Civil War and World War II – witnessing the death and destruction of countless armies yet creating the indomitable 'spirit of Sevastopol'.
By weaving together first-hand interviews, detailed operational reports and battle analysis, Melvin creates a rich tapestry of history.
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Table of Contents
List of Maps List of Illustrations List of Tables Author's Note Prologue PART ONE – EARLY SEVASTOPOL Chapter 1 Crucible of Conflict Chapter 2 The Founding of Sevastopol Chapter 3 Bastion of Maritime Power PART TWO – THE CRIMEAN WAR Chapter 4 The Eastern War Chapter 5 The First Defence of Sevastopol Chapter 6 Inkerman and the Spirit of Sevastopol Chapter 7 Defeat and Defiance PART THREE – CITY OF REVOLUTION Chapter 8 Ruin, Peace and Recovery Chapter 9 The 1905 Revolution Chapter 10 World War to Civil War Chapter 11 Allied Intervention and the Russian Civil War PART FOUR – MODERN WAR Chapter 12 Red Terror to Patriotic War Chapter 13 City of Courage: the Second Defence of Sevastopol Chapter 14 The End of the Second Defence and Axis Occupation Chapter 15 Liberation and Reconstruction Chapter 16 Fraternal Conflict Epilogue Chronology Endnotes Bibliography Acknowledgements