Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

May, 1942. During fierce fighting the German army conquers the Kerch peninsula. Troops of the Crimean front have to evacuate to the Taman, but a part of the troops defeating a setback and crossing of the major forces find themselves cut-off and have to come down under the ground. That is a beginning of 170-days’ defence of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries.

According to the different versions, 10-15 thousand or 25-30 thousand of people came down there.

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

They had no medicaments, food, weapons, ammunition and wells were only outside… They had to risk their lives to gain water.

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

Then Germans started to poison water in the wells throwing there corpses of people and horses …

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

Thus Russians had to make a “suckers detachment” who had to suck in water from the wet walls and ceilings! During a shift one person could get one flask of water.

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

Besides they began to build wells inside the quarries and finally succeeded!

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

When Germans knew about these wells they started to blast the quarries. More than a thousand of people died under rubbles.

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

However Russians didn’t give up, so Germans began to use gas… It killed more than a half of the Russian soldiers. And they sent a legendary rescue radiogram to all people of the Soviet Union. But Russians considered it to be a provocation of the enemies.

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

When Germans made another effort to get inside the quarries, they didn’t hear usual shots, only silence met them. There were nobody to shoot… Only six people remained alive. Someone were killed right there, others taken to concentration camp… One way or another none of them lived to 11, April 1944 when Kerch city was conquered back …

In 1966 there was made an underground Museum of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries Defence and, and 16 years later, in 1982 there was opened a Memorial to the Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries.

Today it looks like this …

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries

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7 thoughts on “Heroes of Ajimushkai Stone Quarries”

  1. i am not surprised no other russians came to rescue them.All those russian soldiers died in vain because survivors were treated with suspicion.Communist army had only one motto:kill germans or get killed.dont come back.

  2. Amazing photos and to think that what people can do and put up with in order to survive. It would be an honor to one day visit this site and see it first hand. Thanks for the pictures and the upload…

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