The fighting at Sevastopol represented one of the bitterest fortress-assaults of World War II. The fortifications, situated in the hilly terrain in front of Balaclava, were particularly dense and the consequent struggle to clear them was horrific. ‘Tin Pan Hill’, so named because of the metal strips placed in the approach trenches to warn of an enemy’s approach, was a bunker system on one strongly fortified hill. The defensive network there consisted of a maze of mortar pits, machine gun posts, and artillery emplacements. This was the strongpoint that Lieutenant Kranz, of the 28th Infantry Division, was ordered to capture with two assault sections. . . .
Attacker: German (28th Infantry Division & XXX Corps)