World Battlefronts: The Fall of a City

For days, the fall of Sevastopol had been near. But the Russians had been stubborn. German artillery blazed point-blank at the concrete, steel and limestone of Maxim Gorki " Fort. Bombs chewed great craters in its upper levels. At 800 yards, then at 500, the mouths of the fort's 13-in guns yawned at the attackers, so close that the pressure from the blasts crushed tanks and men, and the orange and crimson flames seemed to singe the dead. When the Germans at last swarmed over the fort, a Nazi radio reporter's voice crackled with...

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