By David Glantz
A new edited translation of the Soviet employees learn of the crimson Army's Belorussian operation in the summertime of 1944, which was once unheard of when it comes to its scale, scope and strategic effects. The Soviet Stavka had deliberate a crusade such as a chain of big operations spanning the complete Soviet-German entrance. 4 robust fronts (army teams) operated less than shut Stavka (high command) keep watch over. Over 1.8 million troops acomplished a feat certain within the historical past of the crimson military: the defeat and dismemberment of a whole German military staff. This e-book is a translation of the Soviet basic employees research No 18, a piece initially labeled as 'secret' and meant to teach Soviet commanders and employees officials. The operation is gifted from the Soviet viewpoint, within the phrases of the people who deliberate and orchestrated the plans. A map complement, together with terrain maps, is supplied to demonstrate the circulation of the operation in better element.
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When the army’s main forces reached the line of the Ol’sa River, the left flank was to continue the offensive to Svisloch’. To the left, the 48th Army, consisting of nine rifle divisions, was to attack along the right flank in a 5-km sector (from Kostiashevo to Kolosy, two kilometers southwest of Rogachev) with a force of two rifle corps (with five rifle divisions). After forcing the Drut’ River, the main forces were to exploit success along the Turki-Bobruisk axis, and, while attacking southward, part of the forces were to roll up the enemy’s combat formations along the western bank of the Dnepr.
The 16th Air Army was to support the 3d and 48th Armies’ offensive with its main forces, and the 65th and 28th Armies with a portion of its forces. During the offensive, aviation supported the introduction of the cavalrymechanized group into the penetration, while several air formations were placed under the operational subordination of the army commanders. The depth of the offensive to the capture of the Bobruisk, Glusha, and Glutsk region was 60–70 kilometers, with an average rate of advance of eight-nine kilometers per day.
Artillery moved forward into its positional regions in two stages. During 10–13 June, artillery reached pre-position regions, which were located 10–28 kilometers from their new firing position regions, and during 13–21 June it moved forward into firing positions. Tanks occupied assembly areas (10–13 kilometers from the forward edge) twothree days before the offensive. Tanks arrived at their jumping-off positions the night before the offensive. All troop regrouping and concentration of forces took place during the night, and were supported by a well-organized traffic control service and strict maskirovka measures.
Belorussia 1944: The Soviet General Staff Study (Soviet (Russian) Study of War) by David Glantz