Russian propaganda book with the image of Russian soldiers pressed into the cover titled: „Odessa in the Great Patriotic War of the Soviet Union. Collection of documents and materials” Volume II (17.Х.1941—9.IV.1944) edition of 10.000 copies I edition Odessa: Odessa Regional Publishing House 1949.
The collection consists of two parts. In the first part, in sections I-III, there are documents and materials showing the city in the first days of the Patriotic War; in the second part, in sections IV-VIII, there are documents and materials showing the heroic defense of the city. Section IX contains materials summarizing the preliminary results of the heroic defense of Odessa.
Odessa was a port on the Black Sea in the Ukrainian SSR. On 22 June 1941, the Axis powers invaded the Soviet Union. In August, Odessa became a target of the Romanian 4th Army and elements of the German 11th Army. Due to the heavy resistance of the Soviet 9th Independent Army and the rapidly formed Separate Coastal Army, supported by the Black Sea Fleet, it took the Axis forces 73 days of siege and four assaults to take the city. Romanian forces suffered 93,000 casualties, against Red Army casualties estimated to be between 41,000 and 60,000.
From the book introduction:
“During the days of the great battles of the Soviet people with the fascist barbarians, Odessa played an outstanding role in the struggle for the freedom, honor and independence of our Motherland. Odessa became one of the hero cities that covered themselves with unfading glory. Stalingrad, Leningrad, Sevastopol and Odessa, each of these glorious cities showed the world a magnificent epic of high Soviet patriotism, unparalleled civic valor and mass heroism unprecedented in history.The glory of the people of these cities, of their valor and heroism, of their military and labor exploits will live for centuries.”