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Battle for the Crimea (June 1941 - May 1944)

Battle for the Crimea (June 1941 - May 1944)

The Crimea Campaign was an eight month long campaign of the Axis forces to conquer the Crimea peninsula, and was the scene of some of the bloodiest battles on the Eastern Front during World War II. The German and Romanian troops suffered heavy casualties as they tried to advance through the isthmus linking the Crimean peninsula to the mainland at Perekop, from summer of 1941 through to the first half of 1942.

From September 26th, 1941, the German 11th Army and troops from the Romanian Third Army and Fourth Army were involved in the fighting, opposed by the Red Army's 51st Army and elements of the Black Sea Fleet. After the campaign, the penninsula was occupied by Army Group A with the 17th Army as its major subordinate formation.

Once the Axis (German and Romanian troops) broke through, they occupied most of Crimea, with the exception of the city of Sevastopol (given the title of Hero City later) and Kerch, which was recaptured by the Soviets during an amphibious operation near the end of 1941 and then once again by Germans during Operation Bustard on May 8th. Sevastopol held out for 250 days from October 30th, 1941 until July 4th, 1942, when the Germans finally captured the city.

In 1944, Crimea was recaptured by the troops of the 4th Ukrainian Front during the Crimean Offensive (April 8th, 1944 - May 12th, 1944).

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German Sd. Kfz. 138/2 Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer Light Tank Destroyer - Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 138/2 Jagdpanzer 38(t) Hetzer Light Tank Destroyer - Unidentified Unit, Eastern Front, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

Manufactured in Czechoslovakia at the Skoda Munitions Works, the Hetzer was designed to be a low-cost light tank destroyer that could stand up to the rigors of battle on any front. Entering service in July 1944, the Hetzer used a wide range of existing components from the outclassed PzKpfw 38(t) tank.

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US M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage Half-Track in Diorama - 3rd Armored Division, Canham, Task Force Canham, Normandy, 1944 US M16 Multiple Gun Motor Carriage Half-Track in Diorama - 3rd Armored Division, Canham, "Task Force Canham, Normandy, 1944" (1:32 Scale)

First deployed during the end of WWII and then again in the Korean War, the Maxom quadruple .50 caliber AA machine gun mount was called "Meat Chopper" because of its impressive firepower when used against human wave attacks.

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German Sd. Kfz. 182 PzKpfw VI King Tiger Ausf. B Heavy Tank in Diorama - Normandy, 1944 German Sd. Kfz. 182 PzKpfw VI King Tiger Ausf. B Heavy Tank in Diorama - Normandy, 1944 (1:32 Scale)

In January 1943, a new Tiger tank was ordered by the Waffenamt, this time with a turret large enough to mount the fearsome 8.8cm L/71 gun. Besides improving its tank killing capabilities, the new Tiger was also intended to be more survivable on the battlefield.

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German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 60cm Mortar - "Loki" [Running Mode] German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 60cm Mortar - "Loki" [Running Mode] (1:35 Scale)

In June 1937, the Waffenamt ordered a self-propelled version of the 60cm siege mortar to be built. General Karl Becker of the Artillery was heavily involved in its development, hence the sobriquet "Karl" used to describe it. The driving trials were held at Unterlass in May 1940, and delivery of six production vehicles occurred between November 1940 and August 1941.

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German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 54cm Mortar - "Thor", 2. Batterie, schwere Artillerie Abteilung 833 [Combat Mode] German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 54cm Mortar - "Thor", 2. Batterie, schwere Artillerie Abteilung 833 [Combat Mode] (1:35 Scale)

In June 1937, the Waffenamt ordered a self-propelled version of the 60cm siege mortar to be built. General Karl Becker of the Artillery was heavily involved in its development, hence the sobriquet "Karl" used to describe it. The driving trials were held at Unterlass in May 1940, and delivery of six production vehicles occurred between November 1940 and August 1941.

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German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 60cm Mortar - "Ziu" [Combat Mode] German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 60cm Mortar - "Ziu" [Combat Mode] (1:35 Scale)

In June 1937, the Waffenamt ordered a self-propelled version of the 60cm siege mortar to be built. General Karl Becker of the Artillery was heavily involved in its development, hence the sobriquet "Karl" used to describe it. The driving trials were held at Unterlass in May 1940, and delivery of six production vehicles occurred between November 1940 and August 1941.

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German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 54cm Mortar - "Loki", 2. Batterie, schwere Artillerie Abteilung 833 [Combat Mode] German Karl-Gerat Super Heavy Self-Propelled 54cm Mortar - "Loki", 2. Batterie, schwere Artillerie Abteilung 833 [Combat Mode] (1:35 Scale)

In June 1937, the Waffenamt ordered a self-propelled version of the 60cm siege mortar to be built. General Karl Becker of the Artillery was heavily involved in its development, hence the sobriquet "Karl" used to describe it. The driving trials were held at Unterlass in May 1940, and delivery of six production vehicles occurred between November 1940 and August 1941.

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