support the 14th Army ground
offensive, orders were given to
re-establish a Soviet naval base
at Petsamo. Captain Barchenko-Emelianov, commander of an
raiding unit consisting of naval
infantrymen and sailors, got the
task to silence a German 150mm gun position on the northern shore
of Cape Krestovvyi, which cointrolled the entrance to Petsamo Bay.
As part of a larger amphibious landing operation, the Composite
Detachment got ashore on 10 October. After a rapid cross-country
march under harsh weather conditions, Barchenko-Emelianovīs
men reached their initial target. Senior Lieutenant Leonovīs group
attacked a battery of 88mm AA guns, while two platoons from
Barchenko-Emelianovīs group attacked a strongpoint 300 meters
north. The remaining platoon would storm a shore-battery position.
The AA gun position and the strongpoint were quickly
overwhelmed, but the attack on the gun-battery failed. The German
crews destroyed the guns, afraid of losing them to the Russians. At
dawn of 12 October, the remaining German forces, with
reinforcements send over the bay in assault boats, counterattacked
the Russian held positions...
Attacker: German (Marine-Artillerie Abteilung 517, ad hoc Alarmeinheiten)