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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP17 Oct 2020 9:59 p.m. PST

"The Soviet-German war was the fiercest, most brutal and most costly chapter in World War II. Since this conflict ended with the destruction of both Germany's Wehrmacht and Adolf Hitler's Third Reich, it was also the war's most decisive theater. It is unfortunate, therefore, that until very recently— for largely political, ideological and military reasons— the historical record of this struggle has remained woefully incomplete.

Newly released Russian and German archival sources now indicate that Soviet histories of the war overlooked or obscured as much as 40 percent of the Red Army's wartime military operations, primarily its failed offensives, in a deliberate attempt to conceal those defeats or to protect the reputations of defeated wartime commanders. Resurrecting many of these " forgotten battles" enables us to recognize the contributions of the thousands of Red Army soldiers who fought, perished or simply endured for the sake of their Motherland, only to see history forget their sacrifices.

German Operations Barbarossa in 1941 and Blue in 1942— interrupted by the Red Army's successful defense of Leningrad, Moscow and Rostov in late 1941 and its partially successful counteroffensive during the winter of 1941-42— dominated the first 18 months of war on the Eastern Front. Although the Wehrmacht retained the strategic initiative throughout much of this period, the Red Army managed to deny Hitler victory at Moscow, ensuring he could no longer win the war…"
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Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2020 7:51 a.m. PST

Wow , that's like 20 years old, isn't it?

Blutarski19 Oct 2020 9:27 a.m. PST

One interesting anecdote I came across answered the question as to why the German 6th Army fighting at Stalingrad received so very few replacements and reinforcements. It is argued that, concurrent with the bloody struggle at Stalingrad, the Germans were simultaneously forced to make a lengthy and very expensive defense versus a huge Russian offensive against the operationally sensitive Rzhev Salient.

The Rzhev fighting seems to be rarely mentioned.


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP19 Oct 2020 11:50 a.m. PST



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