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Bagration Final Line [almost] by VarthDaider
Bagration Final Line [almost]

Operation Bagration: Soviet June Offensive of 1944

This is the decisive sector and offensive. It is here that Hitler’s ambitions will finally be put to rest. Without victory in Russia, there will be no victory in his war; nor even a stalemate for him.

It begins on 22 June 1944 and will end when Soviet Divisions have reached Poland and Lithuania. This is the 23rd day of the offensive.

The operation is named for General Piotr Bagration, the fiery Russian prince who died fighting Napoleon at Borodino in 1812.

It is a massive offensive with118 rifle divisions, 8 tank and mechanized corps [with 2,715 tanks and 1,355 assault guns], 13 artillery divisions and 6 cavalry divisions. Approximately 2.3 million frontline and support troops. 

The German Army is a Ghost of it’s  former self. The divisions of Army Group Center are withering away.

Partly due to partisan activity, partly due to Soviet deception, partly due to Hitlers miscalculations and largely due to a much improved and more mobile ‘Red Army’ The attack becomes a steamroller. Despite careful German preparations, a few fortified localities and even a third line of defense, the Soviets manage to find ways around and through.

About the deception ; A historical note exerted from World War II magazine July/August 2006 quote:

‘In the days preceding Bagration, Stavka executed a massive deception plan designed to convince its German counterpart, OKH, that the main attack would come farther south. Forces in the Ukraine were ordered to prepare deceptive concentrations similar to the phantom army that had assembled under Lt. Gen. George S. Patton opposite the Pas de Calais prior to the landings at Normandy. The Red Army Air Force clamped down on Luftwaffe reconnaissance missions along the front, allowing only occasional flights that would spot the phony troop concentrations, while headquarter units made greater use of more secure telephone lines in lieu of radio communications.

For its part, OKH concluded that the presence of oil-rich Romania and the more maneuverable terrain of the Ukrainian steppes made that sector the most likely target, particularly since the Red Army had just concluded an offensive in that region during the late winter.”

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Hitler and OKH were convinced that the next attack would be launched in the northern Ukraine, and so the bulk of reinforcements to the east — including mobile units — were diverted to Field Marshal Walter Model’s Army Group North Ukraine.

Originally timed for June 14, 1944, the operation’s start was delayed by Soviet rail congestion until June 22, 1944 — three years to the day from the Nazi invasion of Soviet territory. The offensive opened at 5 a.m. with a massive artillery bombardment.

The next day, June 23, the full weight of the assault lurched forward. Within three days, five German divisions — about 28,000 men — were wiped out. A continued drive west shattered the Third Panzer Army’s IX Corps by the end of the month, effectively destroying the Third Panzer Army. The Offensive isolated whole divisions by that time.

Many small groups and individuals tried  to break through to the German main lines after being isolated [and some succeed]. In the weeks following 30th July 1944, a few thousand did reach Poland and even East Prussia. 

I avoid a blow by blow description, but skip ahead a few days..

Here we are nearing that point in the battle and I am actually ahead of schedule. Effectively the German Army has ceased to exist as an organized force. In the Game I take the last objective and leave the Germans one very badly mauled division of infantry.

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Bagration Second Phase by VarthDaider
Bagration Second Phase

Operation Bagration: Soviet June Offensive of 1944

I get into trouble with a lot of people because I say that the war in Russia was THE CRUCIAL front of World War Two. This is the decisive sector and offensive. It is here that Hitler’s ambitions will finally be put to rest. With victory in Russia, there will be no victory nor even a stalemate for him.

It begins on the anniversary of the date the German Army invaded [22 June 1944] and will end when Soviet Divisions have reached Poland and Lithuania. This is the 5th day of the offensive.

The operation is to named for General Piotr Bagration, the fiery Russian prince who died fighting Napoleon at Borodino in 1812.

It is a massive offensive with118 rifle divisions, 8 tank and mechanized corps [with 2,715 tanks and 1,355 assault guns], 13 artillery divisions and 6 cavalry divisions. Approximately 2.3 million frontline and support troops. 

The assaulting troops are supported on the ground by 10,563 heavy artillery pieces and 2,306 Katyusha multiple rocket launchers, nicknamed “Stalin’s Organs.” One measure of the scale of the attack is the supplies. To feed the offensive, the Red Army has stockpiled 1.2 million tons of ammunition, rations and supplies behind the front lines.

Air cover is provided by 2,318 fighters of various types, and  1,007 medium bombers drawn from the Soviet strategic bomber reserve.

A historical note exerted from World War II magazine July/August 2006 quote:

“Each of the thousands of guns along the line was allotted roughly 6 tons of ammunition to fire during a two-hour barrage. The shelling was conducted in a rolling manner so as to destroy the Wehrmacht’s forward trenches and pillboxes, then catch retreating soldiers in the open before they could reach the safety of their intermediate lines. The less precise Katyusha batteries showered artillery targets with 82mm and 132mm rockets to ensure that nothing remained alive in the forward zone. Shocked German survivors described this barrage as the most intense and destructive they had ever witnessed.”

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Here, a massive push along a 450-mile-long axis of advance is in full swing. Four Soviet Fronts have launched artillery barrages and attacked simultaneously. It is a vast improvement in Soviet Tactics. 

The Russians are doing well. 

Abandoning their costly human-wave techniques of 1941-1943, Red Army soldiers concentrate their attack towards tactically valuable ground, seizing it, and then called up tanks to the new positions to deliver a larger breakthrough. Leapfrogging units to attack deeper, the penetrations are quite deep.

Third Panzer Army’s line is perforated and Vitebsk is in danger of encirclement by two Soviet armies.

To the north, the First Baltic Front is crushing the German Left. Next, Third Belorussian Front captures heavily defended Vitebsk and the area north of Orsha, to push southwest toward Minsk; crushing / encircling Busch’s Third Panzer Army at Vitebsk.

Second Belorussian Front, helps complete the encirclement of Minsk; pushing west toward Grodno and part of a mopping-up operation in the wake of the other fronts. 

Farthest south, the First Belorussian Front assault*s Busch’s Ninth Army, pushing due west toward Bobruisk and then Minsk. 

The First and Third Belorussian fronts, which hold the bulk of the armor and firepower, attack along converging lines with the aim of encircling the German armies east of Minsk, not simply pushing them back into Poland.

The German Armies are NOT doing so well.

The five mobile divisions  are violating Hitler*s “No retreat” Order :) Here they are all in motion. Attempting to form some sort of mobil counter stroke after getting a secure supply. The infantry, still dependent on horse-drawn wagons for supply and movement, are being out-paced by their Soviet counter-parts. Russian aircraft bomb and strafe advancing armor in center. The largest group of infantry is isolated  with a river at their backs in center.

In mid-1944 partisans behind German lines were attacking targets and had in fact virtually brought rail transport to a halt just prior to the attack. To aid the attackers, partisan units coordinated by Stavka, the Red Army high command, have launched attacks to isolate the German Front and  prevent reinforcements from reaching the threatened zone. 

[Note a corridor of freed territory behind German Center.]

The Germans scrabble to escape entrapment and destruction

The Russians race to catch the retreating enemy and encircle them.
It is now a race to see not IF, but when Soviet Armies will reach their target objectives and how soon the German Armies  will be destroyed.

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1 Bagration Opening Phase by VarthDaider
1 Bagration Opening Phase

Operation Bagration: Soviet June Offensive of 1944

I get into trouble with a lot of people because I say that the war in Russia was THE CRUCIAL front of World War Two. I maintain that without a Soviet Army wearing down the Wehrmacht for almost four years, there would have been no Allied Victory. At least not very soon. It could have meant a long war. It could have meant the Nazi Military developing weapons that made victory for them possible.

Some of what I say here is from World War II magazine July/August 2006 although I have read a bit about this in many other source books. 

“In four weeks, the Red Army inflicted greater losses on the German army than the Wehrmacht had suffered in five months at Stalingrad. With more than 2.3 million men, six times the artillery and twice the number of tanks that launched the Battle of the Bulge, it was the largest Allied operation of World War II. It demolished three Axis armies and tore open the Eastern Front. Operation Bagration, the Red Army’s spring 1944 blitzkrieg, was designed to support Allied operations in France, liberate Russian territory and break the back of the Wehrmacht once and for all.”

I fought the  Scenario To The Deneister already 

here: varthdaider.deviantart.com/art…

It was in the center, in Belorussia (so-called White Russia), where the main Soviet blow would fall. There were some 50 odd devisions there, but most were using horse drawn transport. The five mobile divisions were not up to strength. Hitler had laid down a “No retreat” Order. 

By 1944 the German army, still dependent on horse-drawn wagons for supply and movement, was an old-fashioned, slow force compared to its Communist opponents, who had been liberally supplied with the ubiquitous 2.5-ton Studebaker truck manufactured in capitalism’s heartland. Worse yet was the lack of air cover; Germany’s Sixth Air Fleet was vastly outnumbered along Army Group Center’s front.

In mid-1944 partisan numbers behind German lines were somewhere between 143,000 and 374,000 (estimates vary). And attacks were becoming constant and very effective. Supply distribution, evacuation of wounded, and troop movement  were all delayed (sometimes for days)

It was dangerous to continue to hold this “Belorussian Bulge” in the center. Field Marshal Busch requested permission to withdraw in order to shorten his line and relieve the danger of a pincer movement altogether. The salient stuck forward between the victorious Soviet Armies in North and South. It was this salient that was to become  the Target of the Soviet Offensive in June. Oberkommando des Heeres, or OKH, denied Busch’s request.

Hitler’s no-retreat policy in the east left Busch in a vulnerable position and so “fortified localities” replaced defense in depth. Stand fast replaced flexible defense. These things were made worse by a continuing belief that Soviet Forces were still preparing for another offensive in the south.

So, the Soviet Air Armies are warming their planes engines. The artillery is ranged on German positions. The Soviet Army is ready and about to deliver a nasty surprise to their opponents.

It is three years to the day since the German Army invaded.

It is 22 June 1944 and the battle has begun.

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I was never a war monger at heart.
My generation wanted to end this war we were fighting.
But I do find the history of some wars of interest.
I have been playing Unity Of Command a lot.
Testing different theories really.
So if some think I am writing to much about these ancient battles, well, most of them occurred barely 6 Years before I was born.
They were recent to me as I heard about it at MY fathers knee so to speak.

I still insist those that will not learn of history are apt to make the same mistakes made before.
Just saying I think we ignore history at our peril.

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