Adzhimushkai is a very famous place in Russia (it is on the territory of the Crimea now so it is Ukraine)
USSR had the two places which can be called "Russian Alamo" of WWII.
First of all, it's Brest Fortress which is the most famous "Russian Alamo".
Adzhimushkai is the second "Russian Alamo".
Adzhimushkai is a small settlement nearly Kerch' in Crimea. There are old deserted quarries
here with the long system of caves.
On May 1942 the Soviet troops in Kerch' area (Eastern Crimea) were defeated. It was a disaster.
240,000 Soviet soldiers were captured by Germans. But 10-15 thousand soldiers didn't surrender
and retreated in the caves in Adzhimushkai vicinities and continued to fight against
Germans from these old deserted quarries. They had no hope to survive, they practically
had no any water and any food (they have to take them in combats and raids) but they
proceeded with active actions against Germans. The Germans had to leave there some
combat units against that Soviet soldiers. Nazis used large amount of explosives
against Soviet soldiers there and even used some poison gas against their opponents
hiding in Adzhimushkai. Only in October, 1942 Germans could eliminate the last points of
resistance there. The soldiers of Adzhimushkai fought to death but didn't surrender,
almost nobody from them survived (as I know).
Does anyone have additional info on casualties and survivors in this heroic battle?
Source for photos: http://www.club.cris.net/crimea/htm/kerch1.htm
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