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Battle of Narva ‧ WW-II ‧ 1944

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Battle of Narva ‧ WW-II ‧ 1944 : 02-feb~aug-10

T-34 Tank & War Memorials

Among the several war memorials just outside town on the road to Narva-Jőesuu, the most striking is the Soviet T-34 tank, which was pulled from the river and set up in 1970 as a memorial to the victims of World War Two. Significantly, this was the spot where Soviet forces broke through and moved into Estonian territory in 1944. Other monuments nearby include a small mound with a cross, which you'll see on the right side of the road in Siivertsi. It commemorates the Battle of Narva in 1700. On the left, in a cemetery just across from it, is a monument to those who died in Estonia's war for independence, 1918-1920.

the German WAR Cemetery NARWA ~ NARVA

This war cemetery was created by the German army in 1943. In 1999 is was expanded to bury all the fallen of the Narwa-front. There are now about 4,000 graves on this cemetery and there is in total room for about 15,000 graves.

  • Ernst KIRSTEN ‧ 1910-1944 ‧
  • Erwin STALP ‧ 1912-1941 ‧

people in command

  • STALIN ‧ ‧
  • Leonid Aleksandrovich GOVOROV ‧ Леони́д Алекса́ндрович Го́воров ‧ 1897-1955 ‧
  • Vladimir TRIBUTZ ‧ x ‧
  • Ivan Ivanovich FEDYUNINSKY ‧ Иван Иванович Федюнинский ‧ 1900-1977 Moscow ‧ lieutenant general ‧ 2nd Shock Army ‧
  • Anatoli ANDREYEV ‧ x ‧ major general ‧ 43rd Rifle Corps ‧
  • Ivan ALFEROV ‧ x ‧ major general ‧ 109th Rifle Corps ‧
  • Voldemar DAMBERG ‧ x ‧ major general ‧ 124th Rifle Corps ‧
  • Filip STARIKOV ‧ x ‧ lieutenant general ‧ 8th Army ‧
  • Semyon MIKULSKI ‧ x ‧ major general ‧ 6th Rifle Corps ‧
  • Filip SOLOVEV ‧ x ‧ major general ‧ 112th Rifle Corps ‧
  • Ivan KORVNIKOV ‧ x ‧ lieutenant general ‧ 59th Army ‧
  • Vasili TRUBACHEV ‧ x ‧ major general ‧ 117th Rifle Corps ‧
  • Panteleimon ZAITSEV ‧ x ‧ major general ‧ 122nd Rifle Corps ‧

Separate detachments:

  • Lembit PÄRN ‧ x ‧ lieutenant general ‧ 8th Estonian Rifle Corps ‧
  • Pavel ARTYUSHENKO ‧ x ‧ major general ‧ 14th Rifle Corps ‧
  • Mikhail PAPCHENKO ‧ x ‧ colonel ‧ 124th Rifle Division ‧
  • Nikolai SIMONYAK ‧ x ‧ lieutenant general ‧ 30th Guards Rifle Corps ‧ 46th, 260th and 261st Separate Guards Heavy Tank and 1902nd Separate Self-propelled Artillery regiments[19]
  • N.N. ZHDANOV ‧ x ‧ major general ‧ 3rd Breakthrough Artillery Corps ‧
  • I.A. VOVCHENKO ‧ x ‧ major general ‧ 3rd Guards Tank Corps ‧

At the start of the Narva Offensive (July 1944), the Leningrad Front deployed 136,830 troops, 150 tanks, 2,500 assault guns and 800+ aircraft.

Casualties

During the Soviet era, the losses in the battle of Narva were not released by the Soviets. In recent years, Russian authors have published some figures, but not for the whole course of the battles. The number of Soviet casualties can only be estimated indirectly. The Army Detachment NARWA lost 23,963 personnel as dead, wounded and missing in action in February 1944. During the following months through to 30 July 1944, an additional 34,159 German personnel were lost, 5,748 of them dead and 1,179 missing in action. The total German casualties during the initial phase of the campaign was approximately 58,000 men, 12,000 of them dead or missing in action. From 24 July to 10 August 1944, the German forces buried 1709 men in Estonia. Adding the troops missing in action, the number of dead in the period is estimated at approximately 2,500. Accounting the standard ratio of 1/4 of the wounded as irrecoverable losses, the number of German casualties in the later period of the battle was approximately 10,000. The total German casualties during the Battle of Narva is estimated at 14,000 dead or missing and 54,000 wounded or sick.

specialists about this item

  • Hannes WALTER ‧ x ‧ historian ‧
  • Mart LAAR ‧ 1960 ‧ historian ‧