Stalin's Revenge

In the summer of 1944 the Red Army crushed Army Group Centre in one of the largest offensives in military history. Operation Bagration - launched almost exactly three years after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union - was Stalin's retribution for Hitler's Operation Barbarossa. Les mer
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In the summer of 1944 the Red Army crushed Army Group Centre in one of the largest offensives in military history. Operation Bagration - launched almost exactly three years after the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union - was Stalin's retribution for Hitler's Operation Barbarossa.Earlier battles at Stalingrad and Kursk paved the way for Soviet victory, but as Anthony Tucker-Jones demonstrates in this fascinating study, Bagration ensured that the Germans would never regain the strategic initiative. In one fell swoop the Wehrmacht lost a quarter of its strength on the Eastern Front. And in a series of overwhelming assaults, the Red Army recaptured practically all the territory the Soviet Union had lost in 1941, advanced into East Prussia and reached the outskirts of Warsaw.As he reconstructs this massive and complex battle, Anthony Tucker-Jones assesses the opposing forces and their commanders and gives a vivid insight into the planning and decision-making at the highest level. He recreates the experience of the soldiers on the battlefield by using graphic contemporary accounts, and he sets the Bagration offensive in the wider context of the Soviet war effort.
He also asks why Stalin's road to retribution proved to be such a long and bloody one - for the Germans, despite their crippling losses, managed to resist for another ten months.

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List of Illustrations

viii




Maps

ix
Preface and Acknowledgementsx
Dramatis Personaexiv




Debate, Deception and Deployment

1(11)




Debate in the Lair of the Red Tsar

2(3)




Hitler Deceived

5(2)




Soviet Deployment

7(2)




Behind Enemy Lines

9(3)




Red Storm Rising

12(11)




'44 Red Storm

13(1)




Leningrad: The 900 Days

14(1)




Victory in Ukraine

14(2)




Death in the Korsun Pocket

16(1)




The Kamenets-Podolsk Pocket

17(2)




Defeat in the Crimea

19(2)




Finland's Punishment

21(2)




Where Will Stalin's Blow Fall?

23(10)




`Fatherland' and `Panther' Lines

23(1)




The Exposed Byelorussian Balcony

24(4)




`No More Doubt'

28(3)




Communications Cut

31(2)




Stalin and His Warlords

33(6)




Zhukov: A Talented Strategist

33(3)




Zhukov's Rival: Rokossovsky

36(1)




Stalin's Front Commanders

37(2)




Busch: Incompetent or a Safe Pair of Hands?

39(13)




The Lion's Share

39(2)




A Lacklustre Performance

41(1)




Hitler's Commanders

41(2)




Army Group Centre

43(1)




Questionable Loyalty

44(2)




Stalin's Traitors

46(2)




Army Group North

48(1)




Army Group North Ukraine

48(1)




Army Group South Ukraine

49(1)




Last-Minute Success

50(2)




Bagration: Stalin's Revenge Unleashed

52(13)




`The Hurricane Broke'

52(2)




The Soviet Barrage

54(2)




Fester Platz Vitebsk - 3rd Panzer Army

56(4)




Fester Platz Orsha - 4th Army

60(1)




Fester Platz Mogilev - 4th Army

61(2)




Fester Platz Bobruisk - 9th Army

63(2)




5th and 12th Panzer Strike Back

65(9)




Borisov - 4th Army

65(2)




Fester Platz Bobruisk - 9th Army

67(4)




Heads Roll

71(3)




Minsk Freed from the Nazi Yoke

74(13)




Closing the Trap on Minsk

74(2)




Fester Platz Minsk

76(2)




Conference of the Damned

78(1)




A Foiled Breakout

78(1)




Cat and Mouse

79(2)




Clearing Baranovichi

81(1)




Battles for Polotsk and Vilnius

82(2)




Army Group North

84(1)




Stalin Gloats

85(2)




Lvov-Sandomierz: The Second Blow

87(11)




Strong Defences

87(2)




Freedom Fighters or Traitors

89(1)




Konev's Unusual Operation

89(2)




`The Great Onslaught Began'

91(1)




Zolochev

92(2)




The Brody Pocket

94(1)




Hitler Distracted

95(1)




Battle for Lvov

96(2)




Rokossovsky: Defeat at the Gates of Warsaw

98(11)




Poland's Fate Preordained

98(2)




Model's Gathering Riposte

100(2)




Defeat before Warsaw

102(2)




Sacrifice of Warsaw

104(3)




Rokossovsky's Poles

107(2)




Konev: To the Vistula and Beyond

109(9)




Sandomierz Bridgehead

109(2)




The Red Army Rests on Its Laurels

111(1)




Beyond the Vistula

112(2)




Betrayed to Stalin

114(2)




Hitler Holds Budapest

116(2)




Bagration: Stalin's Triumph?

118(54)




The Right Decision

119(1)




Two Army Groups Smashed

120(2)




Was Busch a Scapegoat?

122(2)




Fighting On

124(1)




The Appalling Byelorussian Toll

125(1)




Bagration's Legacy

126(1)




Stalin's Cold War Shame

127(1)




Remarkable Revenge

128(1)




Appendices





Appendix I Stalin's New Tanks

129(8)




Appendix II Stalin's Revitalized Air Power

137(3)




Appendix III Hitler's New Panzers

140(2)




Appendix IV The Enfeebled Luftwaffe

142(4)




Appendix V Goring's Luftwaffe Field Divisions

146(2)




Appendix VI Soviet Order of Battle, June-August 1944

148(13)




Appendix VII German Order of Battle, June-July 1944

161(9)




Appendix VIII Principal Soviet Armoured Fighting Vehicles Deployed on the Eastern Front

170(1)




Appendix IX Principal German Armoured Fighting Vehicles Deployed on the Eastern Front

171(1)
Source Notes172(4)
Bibliography176(7)
Index183

Om forfatteren

Anthony Tucker-Jones is a former defence intelligence officer and a widely published expert on regional conflicts, counter-terrorism and armoured and aerial warfare. He is the author of over thirty books including Falaise: The Flawed Victory, Operation Dragoon: The Liberation of Southern France 1944, Armoured Warfare on the Eastern Front, Tiger I & Tiger II, T-34: The Red Army's Legendary Medium Tank, The Panther Tank: Hitler's T-34 Killer, The Battle for Budapest 1944-1945 and The Panzer IV: Hitler's Rock. He is security and terrorism correspondent for intersec - The Journal of International Security and has freelanced for Channel 4 News. For further information his website can be found at www.atuckerjones.com.