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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP16 Mar 2020 10:28 p.m. PST

"The path taken by the German Army in its advance on Moscow in the summer of 1941 was largely dictated by considerations of supply and logistics. The regional transportation network of railroads and paved highways existing at that time had three major hubs that controlled the movement of supplies: Minsk; Smolensk; and Moscow (circled in red in the screenshot below). So German strategy called for the capture of Minsk and Smolensk as necessary stepping stones to support the advance on Moscow.

Minsk was captured as planned in the first two weeks of the invasion, and at the end of the third week the German Army was poised to take Smolensk, its next objective. Army Group Center was responsible for this drive on Moscow. It was following a tight timeline in order to advance quickly and be in Moscow before the severe Russian winter set in. In the screenshots above and below the German and Russian units are shown in their starting positions at the beginning of the battle…"

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