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Pin made in the Soviet Union. The text on the pin reads:”Novorossiysk”. Novorossiysk is a city in Krasnodar Krai, Russia. It is the largest port on the Black Sea and the largest Russian port. It is one of the few cities honored with the title of the Hero City. Population: 338,798 (2020).
Most of the town was occupied by the German and Romanian Armies on September 10, 1942. A small unit of Soviet sailors defended one part of the town, known as Malaya Zemlya, for 225 days beginning on February 4, 1943, and the town was liberated by the Red Army on September 16, 1943. The heroic defense of the port by the sailors allowed the Soviets to retain possession of the city’s bay, which prevented the Axis from using the port for supply shipments. Novorossiysk was awarded the title Hero City in 1973.