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The 1946 Poti Raid
1256319641159A soviet soldier doggedly fights on in Poti, Georgia.
Beginning:

December 7, 1946

End:

December 12, 1946

Place:

Poti, Georgia

Outcome:

A heavy German and Turkish victory

Major battles:

Poti.

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

Commanders

Reichskriegsflagge38-45 Hans Seidemann

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

Strength

750

2,470

Casualties and Losses

22

130


Overview

A second pre-emptive strike was required on the Red Navy dockyards at Poti in connection to the planed southern thrust by Axis forces. Luftwaffe sent several more dive bombers and fighters from Turkey, as with the raid on Sochi in 1944, to forfill the successful mission. Chechen and Georgian rebels would also lay siege to both Grozney and Poti from the 7th to the 12th. All this gave the German forces in the southern thrust a breathing space and helped divert Soviet forces from the on-going occupation of the now rebeling 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. 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 encoraged by their small victory over Bolshevism and stayed on the German’s side.

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