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Crimean Campaigns 1941-1944
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Crimean Campaigns 1941-1944

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The CRIMEAN CAMPAIGNS 1941 – 1944 describes the battles for the Crimea during World War Two on two levels: tactical and strategic. The many excellent accounts of small actions are nicely woven into the overall description of the intense fighting for the Black Sea peninsula. All important phases of that unique battle front are covered, including the penetration through the Isthmus of Perekop in 1941, the combat on the Tschatyrlyk, and the pursuit to Sevastopol, where the Germans were halted by the city’s powerful defenses. Following the drive to Kerch and some setbacks, after a 4 week brutal siege Sevastopol was captured on 1 July 1942. The uneasy German occupation lasted until 1944 when the Soviet army recaptured Crimea in early May 1944. The final chapter was once again written in Sevastopol, when the remnants of the German defenders attempted to leave by sea transport. Thanks to Hitler’s intransigence, the evacuation was a disaster and a large portion of the fighting troops wound up in Russian captivity, many never to see their homeland again.

Feldmarshall Erich von Manstein led the German forces during the battles for the Crimea. Transferred from the Leningrad Front in northern Russia, he provided brilliant leadership. Hampered by a lack of sufficient forces and equipment, he got everything that he could from a handful of German infantry divisions and some smaller formations, and the allied Romanian units.

The German siege of Sevastopol in 1942 and the Soviet one in 1944 were the two focal points of the Crimean campaigns, pointing out the importance of the Crimea and Sevastopol for the Russians and any possible invaders.

446 pages, 81 photos, 12 b/w maps and a separate foldout with several color maps.

About Us

J.J. Fedorowicz Publishing went into business in 1983 as Military Book Distributor, selling other companies’ books through the mail. Many of those books were in German, and so during the next few years a number of individuals commented on how it would be nice to see them in English. I investigated the costs and possibilities, and the first book was printed; 400 copies of a 40-page biography on Paul Hausser (how many of you own that one?). This was followed by European Volunteers, the first hard cover and first translation. And here we are now, almost 100 books later, and many more to go.

From the first day, the company’s objective was to provide translations of the very best German-language books covering the German ground forces in WW II and to publish them in a format that would last many years (hard cover, on acid-free paper, with laminated covers). It appears that we have been fairly successful.

Started as a one-man operation by John Fedorowicz, the company grew steadily until more help was needed. Over time, 3 partners came on board and we added Tiger Hobbies as a local outlet for modelers and book buyers. Eventually, as times and economic circumstances demanded, the company has returned to the original owner. However, Sharron, who came on board in 2002 as office manager, has stayed to keep me in line and on target. Ken helps with Tiger Hobbies. So here we are, John, Sharron and Ken - when you call you will get one of us.

Defying the hard economic situation, we plan to publish many more excellent books in the future and to serve your reading and modeling needs for many more years.