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Smolensk 1943: The Red Army's Relentless Advance (Campaign) Download Ö 104 á ❰Reading❯ ➷ Smolensk 1943: The Red Army's Relentless Advance (Campaign) Author Robert Forczyk – Dcmdirect.co.uk Smolensk 1943 focuses on a major offensive that is virtually unknown in the West With the GeIes until the destruction of Army Group Centre in June Smolensk focuses on a major offensive that is virtually unknown in the West With the German defeat at Kursk the Soviet Stavka 1943 The Red Army's Relentless Epubhigh command ordered the Western and Kalinin Fronts to launch Operation Suvorov in order to liberate the important city of Smolensk The Germans had held this city for two years and Heeresgruppe Mitte's Army Group Centre Armee had heavily fortified the region The Soviet offensive began in August and uickly realized that the German defenses were exceedingly tough and that the Western Front had not prepared adeuately for an extended offensive Conseuently the Soviets were forced to pause their offensive after only two weeks replenish their combat forces and then begin again The German Armee was commanded by Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici one of the Wehrmacht's top defensive experts Although badly outnumbered Heinrici's army gamely held off two Soviet fronts for seven weeks Eventually the Armee's front was finally broken and Smolensk was liberated on September However the Western Front was too exhausted to pursue Heinrici's defeated army which retreated to the fortified cities of Vitebsk Orsha and Mogilev the Armee would hold these cities until. Content and maps great Mistake on the front cover that should have been spotted Front cover artwork shows a T 3485 charging towards German lines; these didn’t appear until the Spring of 1944

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The destruction of Army Group Centre in June Smolensk focuses on a major offensive that is virtually unknown in the West With the German defeat at Kursk the Soviet Stavka high command ordered the Western and Kalinin Fronts to launch Operation Suvorov in order to liberate the important city of Smolensk The Germans had held this city for two years and Heeresgruppe Mitte's Army Group Centre Armee had heavily fortified the region The Soviet offensive began in August and uickly realized that the German defenses were exceedingly tough and that the Western Front had not prepared adeuately for an extended offensive Conseuently the Soviets were forced to pause their offensive after only two weeks replenish their combat forces and then begin again The German Armee was commanded by Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici one of the Wehrmacht's top defensive experts Although badly outnumbered Heinrici's army gamely held off two Soviet fronts for seven weeks Eventually the Armee's front was finally broken and Smolensk was liberated on September However the Western Front was too exhausted to pursue Heinrici's defeated army which retreated to the fortified cities of Vitebsk Orsha and Mogilev the Armee would hold these cities until the destruction of Army Group Centre in June. Any review of this book would have to start out by mentioning that is part of Osprey Publishing’s “Campaign Series” Books in this series are relatively short at only about 90 pages of length typically and very roughly a third or so consisting of illustrations such as maps and contemporaneous photographs Hence if one is looking for an academic tome on the subject this is not it Despite not being such however it still does a very good job given the limitations imposed by the “Campaign” series and fills an important gap in the literature there is little to be found on this campaign and most of what has been written about this time frame is in regard to the campaigns on the Southern Front KurskThe book starts out following the typical “Campaign” series format with a comparison of each side’s commanders The Germans as usual had the better but the gap in leadership uality between 1941 2 and 1943 had decreased considerably The Soviet Union now had experienced and generally better high level leaders than it had earlier Plus the uality of Soviet lower level human capital ie NCOs officers infantry in general had improved while the German had decreased The same applied for both uantity and uality of euipmentThe book then moves on to discuss and analyze how the battle itself as well as to factors contributing to it played out A very important factor that prevented total German defeat was that the Germans were able to very successfully tell where the blows would come and hence had prepared accordingly in both their defensive positions as well as the setting up of their reserves The Soviets on the other hand had their usual superiority in terms of men and material However this was considered a low priority front hence there were not enough resources dedicated to it in particular fuel and artillery ammunition Plus the Soviets had a serious problem in their logistical supply train Hence the offensive took the form of numerous stop and go steps that gave the Germans the much needed pause they needed to reform their defensive lines re group and receive reinforcements This was probably the most important factor that had prevented a complete and utter collapse from the German perspective on this frontAll and all both the narrative and analysis put forth in the book is this regard Additionally the book is very well researched Dr Forczyk thanks to his command of German has made very extensive use of original German language primary sources in particular records contained in the US National Archives and Records Administration as well as secondary sources in particular Russian language literature These sources are all mentioned in the bibliography However the book typical of the “Campaign” series lacks footnotes thus the reader has no way of knowing where specific information comes from This is a serious disservice to both the reader and the author It is an issue that this series of books desperately needs to fix hope someone from Osprey Publishing is reading thisThe book does have a few weaknesses that do need to be mentioned however One has to do with the maps in the Kindle edition the Barnes and Noble Nook edition also has the same problem They are way to small and have a mediocre degree of resolution that further worsens the problem to follow what is going on and there is no way to make them largerA second problem involves two of Dr Forszyk’s conclusions One of the conclusions reached was that “from the German point of view there was relatively little that either Von Kluge or Henrici could have done to alter the outcome given their limited resources” unfortunately this reviewer read the Kindle version so cannot provide an exact page number for his uote This really derides the contribution of both Von Kluge and Henrici If lesser mortals in terms of command capability had been in charge this campaign could have went for the Germans from a not that great conclusion to an utter disaster The way things did turn out at least the Germans were able to stabilize the front at the end of campaign It could have turned out being much worse – like the Soviet break through over the Dnepr post battle of KurskDr Forczyk’s second conclusion was that Hitler’s diversion of resources to Italy and Greece in particular of three panzer divisions played an important role in the defeat He writes “If the OKH had been able to introduce even two fresh mobile divisions to reinforce 4 Armee force responsible for Smolensk Front by late August Von Kluge might have been able to salvage from this situation and limit the gains achieved by Operation Suvorov Soviet name for offensive on this front” again this reviewer cannot cite the page number for this uote thanks to having used the Kindle edition However this view begs the uestion especially considering how large the Eastern Front was and the larger disasters befalling the Germans on the Southern Front in particular the post Kursk environment along with their higher priorities for OKH why would any of these tied up divisions been sent to SmolenskDespite these weaknesses this book is still excellent It is very well researched and written especially considering the restraints imposed by the “Campaign” series and the narrative and analysis are fantastic Five stars

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Smolensk 1943 The Red Army's Relentless Advance CampaignSmolensk focuses The Red MOBI #239 on a major offensive that is virtually unknown in the West With the German defeat at Kursk the Soviet Stavka high command ordered the Western and Kalinin Fronts to launch Operation Suvorov in order to liberate the important city of Smolensk The Germans had held this city for two years and Heeresgruppe Mitte's Army Group Centre Armee had heavily fortified the region The Soviet offensive began in August and uickly Smolensk 1943 MOBI #181 realized that the German defenses were exceedingly tough and that the Western Front had not prepared adeuately for an extended offensive Conseuently the Soviets were forced to pause their offensive after only two weeks replenish their combat forces and then begin again The German Armee was commanded by Generaloberst 1943 The Red Army's Relentless EpubGotthard Heinrici one of the Wehrmacht's top defensive experts Although badly outnumbered Heinrici's army gamely held off two Soviet fronts for seven weeks Eventually the 1943 The Red MOBI #241 Armee's front was finally broken and Smolensk was liberated on September However the Western Front was too exhausted to pursue Heinrici's defeated army which retreated to the fortified cities of Vitebsk Orsha and Mogilev the Armee would hold these cit. I bought this for my Kindle a couple of weeks ago As with all Osprey illustrated titles the graphics aren't as attractive or useful in Kindle format as they are in paperback and the maps are not split into readable sections as they are in the Kindle edition of the author's Demyansk title Getting that out of the way this book finally provides an accessible English language account of Operation Suvorov a huge and highly important campaign of the Soviet German War As with all of Dr Forczyk's books it tends to provide detail from the German side than the Soviet side and the 96 page format sets a limit on a very large subject but it's no less welcome for this