By David Glantz
A new edited translation of the Soviet employees examine of the crimson Army's Belorussian operation in the summertime of 1944, which used to be remarkable when it comes to its scale, scope and strategic effects.
The Soviet Stavka had deliberate a crusade including a sequence of big operations spanning the total Soviet-German entrance. 4 robust fronts (army teams) operated lower than shut Stavka (high command) keep an eye on. Over 1.8 million troops acomplished a feat specific within the background of the purple military: the defeat and dismemberment of a complete German military staff. This e-book is a translation of the Soviet common employees examine No 18, a piece initially categorized as 'secret' and meant to teach Soviet commanders and employees officials. The operation is gifted from the Soviet viewpoint, within the phrases of the people who deliberate and orchestrated the plans. A map complement, together with terrain maps, is supplied to demonstrate the stream of the operation in better element.
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Subsequently, [the front] was to exploit success in two directions: toward Osipovichi and Pukhovichi, and toward Starye Dorogi and Slutsk. To execute this plan, the 3d Army, consisting of 13 rifle divisions and reinforcements, was to employ one rifle corps (of three divisions) to defend the northern sector (from Komarichi to Khomichi) stubbornly. It was to penetrate the enemy defense on a 12-km front (from Ozerane through Kostiashevo to three kilometers east of Tikhinichi) on its left flank with the force of eight rifle divisions and, while committing the 9th Tank Corps into the penetration, develop the attack in the general direction of Bobruisk.
The front chief of staff wrote the operational plan by hand in a single copy, and the army commanders, the front artillery, tank forces, and mechanized forces commanders, and the other generals signed for, and were [only] provided, those portions which pertained to them. THE 1ST BELORUSSIAN FRONT The 1st Belorussian Front’s forces were deployed in a broad terrain sector extending from Komarichi (12 kilometers south of Bykhov) to Rogachev, Zhlobin, Mozyr’, and further west to Kovel’. The front’s right-wing forces, which were located north of the Pripiat’ River, participated in the operation to defeat the Germans in Belorussia.
The 39th Army was deployed along the Vitebsk axis, south of the Western Dvina River; the 5th Army’s forces were grouped in the center; and the 31st Army was located on the Orsha axis. In connection with the preparation of the offensive operation, during the first ten days of June the 11th Guards Army arrived from the 1st Baltic Front. Its formations were concentrated in the forests south of Liozno. Units of the German Third Panzer Army’s LIII and VI Army Corps and the Fourth Army’s XXVII Army Corps were operating opposite the 3d Belorussian Front.
Belorussia 1944 : the Soviet General Staff study by David Glantz