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May 1945. The liberation of Cieszyn

«May 1945″ – a series of stories from the Wargaming, dated May 9. In the first edition of the memories of the battles for the city of Cieszyn, and the story of captured German soldiers divided Ivan Milentevich Shinkarenko, a veteran of the Army Signal Corps of the 4th Ukrainian Front. Causes of persistent resistance of the German troops at this point and tactical features fights explain Grzegorz Kashtura, military historian and author of “The Battle of Cieszyn Silesia in January – May 1945”, and Krzysztof Nestsёr, director of the museum Cieszyn 4th Podgalskogo Mountain Rifle Regiment.

Background

May 3, 1945 the troops of the 4th Ukrainian Front occupied Polish town of Cieszyn in the Moravian-Ostrava offensive. Large forces of German troops had rigid resistance: the series of trenches, concrete dragon’s teeth and extensive minefields turned the city into a powerful stronghold of the enemy defense. Soviet troops entered the city on three sides, in the course of the fighting were captured more than 1,400 German soldiers and officers. For the liberation of the city in accordance with the orders of the Supreme Commander of May 3, 1945 in Moscow was given a salute of 124 guns twelve artillery salvoes.

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[1,999,016] In tomorrow’s story «May 1945″ – forcing Strait Divenova in a storm and taking the height of the city on the island Wolin.

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