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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2017 10:05 p.m. PST

"This was a Soviet component of the 'Dniepr-Carpathian Strategic Offensive Operation' designed to take the area of Nikopol and Krivoy Rog in the great eastward bend of the Dniepr river to the south-west of Dniepropetrovsk and the north of Crimea (30 January/29 February 1944).

The operation was undertaken by formations of General Rodion Ya. Malinovsky's 3rd Ukrainian Front and General Fyedor I. Tolbukhin's 4th Ukrainian Front to defeat the German forces of Generaloberst Karl-Adolf Hollidt's 6th Army holding the essentially indefensible south-eastern sector of the Dniepr river's great eastern bend, to eliminate its bridgehead at Nikopol on the Dniepr river and to liberate Nikopol and Krivoy Rog.

The Nikopol area has rich deposits of manganese, which the Germans needed for the production high-strength steel, and Adolf Hitler had repeatedly stressed the crucial importance of this area as wholly vital to German war industries: moreover, according to Hitler, the loss of Nikopol, on the Dniepr river to the south-west of Zaporozhye, would mean the end of war, and Hitler also believed that the bridgehead on the left bank of the Dniepr river offered the possibility of an offensive to restore an overland connection with the German and Romanian forces cut off in the Crimean peninsula…."

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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP15 Jul 2017 10:05 p.m. PST


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