By David Glantz
A new edited translation of the Soviet employees research of the crimson Army's Belorussian operation in the summertime of 1944, which was once extraordinary when it comes to its scale, scope and strategic results.
The Soviet Stavka had deliberate a crusade along with a chain of big operations spanning the complete Soviet-German entrance. 4 strong fronts (army teams) operated lower than shut Stavka (high command) regulate. Over 1.8 million troops acomplished a feat targeted within the background of the purple military: the defeat and dismemberment of a whole German military staff. This e-book is a translation of the Soviet basic 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 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 circulate of the operation in higher element.
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Battalions that were attacking in the first echelon entered the first trench line. All first-echelon division battalions occupied jumping-off positions for the offensive on the night before the offensive. In the 43d Army, forces and weaponry were regrouped to the [army’s] right flank. By increasing the defensive frontage for first-echelon divisions, the army command succeeded in placing several rifle divisions in reserve. Subsequently, these divisions, together with the 357th Rifle Division that had arrived from the 4th Shock Army, formed the 1st and 60th Rifle Corps.
In accordance with the 31 May directive from the Stavka of the Supreme High Command, by 10 June the 2d Belorussian Front’s Military Council had developed its operational plan. The aim of the front operation was to defeat the enemy’s Mogilev grouping, in cooperation with the 3d Belorussian Front’s left wing and the 1st Belorussian Front’s right wing, to reach the Berezina River, and to develop the offensive to the west. The plan specified the following front missions: Belorussia 1944 18 • Penetrate the enemy defense while delivering one general attack from the Dribin, Dednia, and Riasna region in the general direction of Mogilev and Belynichi.
In addition, the 50th Army was to be The situation in Belorussia at the beginning of june 1944 19 prepared to launch an attack in the general direction of Kutnia and Lykovo. The commander was ordered to dispatch a rifle corps to the army reserve by 16 June. The plan was to commit this corps either into the 49th Army’s penetration sector for operations against Chausy from the north, or into its own army’s sector from the Sheperevo and Golovenchitsy line against Blagovichi. 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.
Belorussia 1944 : the Soviet General Staff study by David Glantz