GERMANS ARRIVE MAT AIKOP TO FIND ITS OIL ABLAZE How great was the importance the enemy attached to the seizure of the Maikop oilfields intact was shown by the direction of their first thrusts into the Caucasus foothills one from Rostov through Bataisk to Krasnodar—the Maikop area refining centre—and the other from the Manych front through Armavir to Maikop itself. Maikop was evacuated by the Russians on August 12,1942, and Krasnodar six days later but not before the precious extraction and refining plants had been thoroughly scorched, as shown above. Photo, Keystone 24372 o
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