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Day: April 27, 2022

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

The last of the Allied convoys to the Soviet Union

  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. For the previous two years, ship convoys had been crossing the Atlantic to supply Britain with men and materiel to support its war efforts. Now they would also travel more northern waters to supply the beleaguered Soviets through the ports of Murmansk and Archangelsk near the Arctic Circle. Winston Churchill called it “the worst journey in the world.” In four years, some 1,400 ships in 78 convoys made the journey to the USSR and back, delivering more than four million t...
Mariupol steelworks siege echoes 1942 fighting at Stalingrad tractor plant
Defence Today, Front Lines

Mariupol steelworks siege echoes 1942 fighting at Stalingrad tractor plant

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. “I always say that as long as we are here, Mariupol remains under control of Ukraine,” Captain Svyatoslav Palamar, leader of the controversial Azov Regiment, told the BBC from its stronghold under the ruins of the Azovstal steel plant. “We’re surrounded; they’re bombing us with everything they can.” The 24-kilometre maze of tunnels and workshops forms an intricate netwo...

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