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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP06 Sep 2017 3:23 p.m. PST

"Located in the southern Ukraine, the town of Nikopol was the center of one of the largest manganese ore basins in the western Soviet Union. Some 50 miles northwest of Nikopol, the town of Krivoi Rog sat atop an equally large iron ore basin. The entire area had been developed under the czars, and after the Communist takeover the ore taken from its mines served to build up the Red Army, Air Force, and Navy.

When German forces crossed the Soviet border on June 22, 1941, the forces of Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt's Army Group South smashed through Russian frontier defenses and fanned out across the steppe, taking hundreds of thousands of Red Army soldiers and leaving thousands more dead on the battlefield.

One of the units in von Rundstedt's army group was General Werner Kempf's XLVIII Panzerkorps. In August, Kempf's armored and motorized forces were moving toward the…"
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vicmagpa106 Sep 2017 6:14 p.m. PST

very nice article. thanks

Marc at work07 Sep 2017 5:53 a.m. PST

I liked that. I have no details of that part of the war – most books focus on J=Kursk and then Bagration.

Anybody know if there are more details to be had to allow detailed scenarios to be created please?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2017 10:48 a.m. PST

Glad you enjoyed it my friends! (smile)


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