Bagration 1944: The destruction of Army Group Centre by Steven J. Zaloga

By Steven J. Zaloga

Osprey's evaluation of the main calamitous defeat of the German defense force in international struggle II (1939-1945). On 22 June 1944, 3 years to the day after Germany's 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union, the crimson military introduced an important offensive in Byelorussia. Codenamed 'Operation Bagration', this crusade climaxed 5 weeks later with the pink military on the gates of Warsaw. The Wehrmacht's military crew Centre used to be routed, a complete of 17 Wehrmacht divisions have been totally destroyed, and over 50 different German divisions have been shattered.

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And 26 Brigade's anti-tank company and turned to get away. While this was taking place, the perimeter posts fought on with ferocious determination. The hard work the Diggers had put in to convert the pits for all-round defence now paid off. German and Italian tanks would approach and try to pin the defenders down in order for infantry to make an assault, but these battles raged all day with very few successes for the Axis forces. It took all morning to subdue S5, S6 and S7, but S8, S9 and S10 held out.

Lumbered with this responsibility, Cunningham was at the same time being pestered by the Admiralty to bombard Tripoli, an operation which he maintained would have little effect (and he was duly proved right). Soon afterwards he was tasked with evacuating the BEF from Greece to Crete and Egypt and, despite heavy loss, over 50,000 men were rescued. At the end of May another evacuation of 18,000 men was required from Crete, carried out once again with unflinching bravery and at high cost. Without the support of the Royal Navy, the Army was incapable of sustaining any operations in the Mediterranean.

Was to be prepared to move towards Sceleidima, On inspecting this knocked-out Panzer I, this Digger could be forgiven for wondering why so much fuss was being made about the dreaded German panzer forces. The first German tank to go into mass production in 1934, it was obsolete when production stopped two years later. With a two-man crew and a machinegun armament, its inadequacies did not prevent it seeing extensive front-line service up until 1941. (TM 1335/B5) 31 For carrying vital fluids of war fuel, lubricants and water - the British were singularly ill-equipped.

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