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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP24 Mar 2020 10:22 p.m. PST

"This is a new study, by Kaloyan Matev, of the Soviet offensive south of the Danube between September and October 1944. The sister of the better-known offensive into Romania and Hungary to the north.

This campaign had two distinct phases. The first was the invasion of Bulgaria – really just an occupation as the Bulgarian armed forces did not resist. It is often forgotten that Bulgaria never actually declared war on the Soviet Union and its forces only participated in the occupation of Yugoslavia and parts of Greece. Bulgaria's historic concern was more with the massed Turkish divisions in Thrace than with Russia.

The second phase was the offensive over the Bulgarian border into Yugoslavia towards Belgrade. This was spearheaded by Soviet troops of the Third Ukrainian Front. The German army was withdrawing from Greece and therefore desperately needed to at least slow down the Soviets in the Balkans. The Bulgarian army was used to swing further south in offensives into modern North Macedonia and Kosovo…"


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Personal logo Silurian Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 8:24 a.m. PST

I'm reading this right now. It is very interesting. Well written and with a lot of unique photos.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP25 Mar 2020 11:39 a.m. PST



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