Belorussia 1944: The Soviet General Staff Study (Soviet by David Glantz

By David Glantz

A new edited translation of the Soviet employees research of the purple Army's Belorussian operation in the summertime of 1944, which was once remarkable when it comes to its scale, scope and strategic effects. The Soviet Stavka had deliberate a crusade inclusive of a sequence of huge operations spanning the total Soviet-German entrance. 4 robust fronts (army teams) operated below shut Stavka (high command) keep an eye on. Over 1.8 million troops acomplished a feat designated within the heritage of the pink military: the defeat and dismemberment of a whole German military crew. This publication is a translation of the Soviet basic employees learn No 18, a piece initially categorized as 'secret' and meant to teach Soviet commanders and employees officials. The operation is gifted from the Soviet point of view, within the phrases of the people who deliberate and orchestrated the plans. A map complement, together with terrain maps, is supplied to demonstrate the move of the operation in higher aspect.

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The 11th Fighter Aviation Corps and the 382d Preparations for the operation 27 Assault [Ground Attack] Aviation Division arrived to reinforce the 3d Air Army, which was part of the front. Representatives of the front and army staffs met arriving formations and units at stations (south and southwest of Nevel’), and, subsequently, brought them forward into their concentration regions in accordance with their orders. The regrouping of the 6th Guards Army from the right flank to the attack axis was accomplished in three stages.

As a result of road construction during the preparatory period for the operation, 275 kilometers of road were built and restored, and 820 kilometers were repaired (graded). Material support A sufficient quantity of ammunition, food and forage, and POL [petroleum, oil, and lubricants] had been brought up to the forces and into front and army depots by the time the operation began. 5 combat loads Preparations for the operation 29 [at one load per combat day] of various types of ammunition with the forces and in depots of the 6th Guards and 43d Armies.

The 5th Army was ordered to attack from the Efremenki and Iul’kovo front in the direction of Bogushevsk with a force of eight rifle divisions and all reinforcements. The army’s immediate mission was to penetrate the German defense in the Podniv’e and Vysochany sector (a sector width of 12 kilometers) and, in cooperation with the 11th Guards Army, defeat the enemy’s Bogushevsk-Orsha grouping. By the close of the second day of the operation, the army was to capture Bogushevsk and reach the Moshkany, Chudnia, and Lake Devinskoe front, and, by the end of the third day, the (excluding) Lake Lipno, Novaia Obol’, and Ianovo line.

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