World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF RUSSIA: The Light Goes Out

In the ninth month of the siege the Germans broke through. Step by step, the haggard defenders retreated to the coast. The women & children boarded the last ships out. When the wounded were taken off the beaches, they sobbed and clutched handfuls of dirt—the ground of Sevastopol.

A few men withdrew to the Khersonese Cape, fought on. When their ammunition ran out, they swam out into the Black Sea, were not seen again. In the famed Khersonese lighthouse, the light died: the 245-day siege was over. It was July 1942.

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