By David Glantz
A new edited translation of the Soviet employees examine of the purple Army's Belorussian operation in the summertime of 1944, which used to be unparalleled when it comes to its scale, scope and strategic effects. The Soviet Stavka had deliberate a crusade which includes a sequence of huge operations spanning the whole 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 exact within the background of the purple military: the defeat and dismemberment of a complete German military staff. This publication is a translation of the Soviet basic employees research No 18, a piece initially categorised as 'secret' and meant to coach 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 equipped to demonstrate the stream of the operation in larger aspect.
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The enemy strongly fortified his main defensive positions to a depth of six, and, in some places, eight kilometers. There were five or six trench lines in this belt. The remaining defensive positions were inadequately fortified and were often a single trench with open areas for firing. The enemy turned Bobruisk into a large center of resistance. The 31 May Stavka directive ordered the 1st Belorussian Front to: Belorussia 1944 20 • Prepare and conduct an operation to defeat the enemy’s Bobruisk grouping and reach the Pukhovichi, Osipovichi, and Slutsk region with [the army’s] main forces.
On the left flank, after the penetration of the Germans’ defense by the 49th Army’s shock group, the 33d Army was to use part of the 154th Fortified Region’s forces to reach the Novyi Pribuzh and Zhevan’ line and, while holding it firmly, to protect the 49th Army’s right flank. On the army’s remaining front measures were made to pin down the enemy by means of small sub-unit actions. In addition, the plan envisioned army readiness to shift all of its forces to a general offensive westward in pursuit of the withdrawing enemy.
The first and main defensive position ran along the Drut’ and Dnepr Rivers; it turned southwest at Proskurin, resting on the Pripiat’ River at Ptich’. The second position was constructed along the Dobritsa River, the third along the Dobysna River, the fourth along the Ola River, and the fifth along the Berezina River. The enemy strongly fortified his main defensive positions to a depth of six, and, in some places, eight kilometers. There were five or six trench lines in this belt. The remaining defensive positions were inadequately fortified and were often a single trench with open areas for firing.
Belorussia 1944: The Soviet General Staff Study (Soviet (Russian) Study of War) by David Glantz