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1946 Batumi Raid (Hitler’s World)

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The 1946 Batumi Raid
War 2 German troops struggling to hold on in Batumi.
Beginning:

November 2, 1946

End:

November 14, 1946

Place:

Poti and Batumi, Georgia

Outcome:

A close German and Turkish victory

Major battles:

Poti and Batumi.

Combatants

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Germany
Flag of Turkey Turkish volunteers
Flag of Chechen Republic before 2004 Chechen volenteers
25px Armenian volunteers
Flag of Georgia Georgian volunteers
Flag of Nakhichevan Nakhichevan volunteers

Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) USSR
Flag of Karachay-Balkaria Karachay-Balkaria malitias
Flag of Chechen Republic before 2004 Chechen volenteers
25px Armenian volunteers
Flag of Georgia Georgian volunteers
Flag of Kuban People's Republic Communist Kuban Cossacks
local Tarta malitias.

Commanders

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Hans Seidemann
Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Admiral Hinze Manningburg
Flag of Turkey General Mustafa Abdul Hülia

Flag of the Soviet Union (1923-1955) Nikolay Vatutin

Strength

1,965

4,800

Casualties and Losses

220

670

Overview

A pre-emptive strike was required on the Red Navy dockyards at Poti in connection to the planned southern thrust by Axis forces. Luftwaffe sent 12 dive bombers and 16 fighters from Turkey, as with the raid on Sochi in 1944, to for fill the successful mission. Turkish and German troops would manage to land in Batumi and doggedly hold on to a 6km pocket of land fanning out from the city centre from the 4 to the 14th. As the Turkish Frigate Mustafa shelled out Batumi, it was badly damaged in a dual with the Soviet cruiser Perm, which was also moderately damaged in the conflict.This gave the German forces in the southern thrust a breathing space and helped divert Soviet forces from the on-going occupation of a by then rebelling Iran.

Causes of the conflict

A pre-emptive strike was required on the Red Navy dockyard at Poti, which was badly damaged in the raid. The Turkish felt they had been cheated out of their historic claims to the port of Batumi and its hinterlands. This was why the campaign meant so much to them. Iran, like Turkey, also had a stake in the territories of the Caucuses mountains and Turkmenistan.

Tactics

The historic friction between Russia and the Caucuses, especially under communism was exploited by the Axis forces.

Result

A heavy German and Turkish victory

Political outcome

Turkey and Iran were encouraged by their small victory over Bolshevism and stayed on the German’s side.

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