Help support TMP


"The Battle of Korsun-Cherkassy: The Encirclement and " Topic


3 Posts

All members in good standing are free to post here. Opinions expressed here are solely those of the posters, and have not been cleared with nor are they endorsed by The Miniatures Page.

For more information, see the TMP FAQ.


Back to the WWII Media Message Board



256 hits since 16 Sep 2018
©1994-2018 Bill Armintrout
Comments or corrections?

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Sep 2018 11:20 a.m. PST

….Breakout of Army Group South, 1944.

"In 1943 the tide began to turn against Germany on the Eastern Front. Their summer offensive, Operation Citadel, was a failure and the Red Army seized the initiative, despite appallingly high losses. Waging a war of attrition, the Russians gradually pushed Germany's Army Group South back. By October 1943 the Russians had reached the Dnepr in Ukraine, Kiev was liberated, and the scene was set for the events described in this book, written by a high-ranking General Nikolaus von Vormann, who commanded XLVII. Panzerkorps.

The battle of Cherkassy is also known as the Korsun Pocket, Korsun being the small town at the center of the area containing the surrounded German forces. After sudden attacks by the 1st and 2nd Ukrainian Fronts, in January 1944 the Russians achieved a major encirclement of six German divisions, a total of 60,000 soldiers. The Red Army had the numerical advantage, but two of the Panzer divisions were in good shape, and thus a dramatic battle ensued, with each side both attacking and defending.

Strenuous efforts to avoid another Stalingrad were made, with the Germans led by Erich von Manstein attempting to break into the pocket. Atrocious weather plus effective resistance repulsed their attacks and by mid-February it became clear that breaking out of the pocket was the only option for the Germans. Abandoning a huge amount of equipment and the wounded, they succeeded and rejoined the surrounding panzer divisions. The Germans avoided a catastrophe but 34% of the troops did not survive…."
Main page
link


Amicalement
Armand

Mark 118 Sep 2018 10:21 a.m. PST

Thanks for the find, Armand. Looks interesting.

I enjoy reading materials from those who were present, whether from the perspective of the Generals (as in this case) or the soldiers.

But it is always useful to recognize the bias that many individuals may have in their writings. In the case of this author, if the editorial description is taken at face value, the bias is the all-too-common view of the Red Army that infested the German Generals-based writings that dominated western literature on the Eastern Front for decades.

To wit, consider the following two phrases:

Waging a war of attrition, the Russians gradually pushed Germany's Army Group South back.

After sudden attacks by the 1st and 2nd Ukrainian Fronts, in January 1944 the Russians achieved a major encirclement of six German divisions…

How does one reconcile the view that the Russians were waging a war of attrition with a sudden attack that encircles 6 divisions? Clearly, the conclusion is unshakable, even if it is contradicted by the events described in the book.

Sigh…

-Mark
(aka: Mk 1)

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Sep 2018 10:50 a.m. PST

A votre service mon ami!. (smile)


Amicalement
Armand

Sorry - only verified members can post on the forums.