By David Glantz
A new edited translation of the Soviet employees learn of the purple Army's Belorussian operation in the summertime of 1944, which was once extraordinary by way of its scale, scope and strategic effects. The Soviet Stavka had deliberate a crusade inclusive of a sequence of big operations spanning the whole Soviet-German entrance. 4 robust fronts (army teams) operated below shut Stavka (high command) keep an eye on. Over 1.8 million troops acomplished a feat distinctive within the background of the crimson military: the defeat and dismemberment of a complete German military crew. This publication is a translation of the Soviet common employees learn No 18, a piece initially categorized as 'secret' and meant to coach Soviet commanders and employees officials. The operation is gifted from the Soviet standpoint, within the phrases of the people who deliberate and orchestrated the plans. A map complement, together with terrain maps, is supplied to demonstrate the move of the operation in larger element.
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The 11th Guards Army was ordered to attack in the Moscow-Minsk Highway sector in the direction of Tolochin and Borisov with a force of nine rifle divisions with all reinforcements. Its immediate mission was to penetrate the enemy’s defense in the Ostrov, Iur’ev, and Kirieva sector (a sector width of eight kilometers) and, in cooperation with the 5th and 31st Armies, defeat the German Bogushevsk-Orsha grouping. The army was to reach the Ianovo, Molotany, and Lamachin line by the end of the third day of the operation.
In his concept of the operation, the front commander attached great importance to the rapid advance of his southern grouping, which (with the employment of a strong cavalrymechanized group in its sector) was to overwhelm the enemy’s Bobruisk grouping from the west and encircle its main forces east of the Berezina River. The operational plan envisioned not only the encirclement and destruction of the enemy in the Bobruisk region but also the subsequent rapid advance of front forces to Pukhovichi, Minsk, and Starye Dorogi, Slutsk.
After capturing Bobruisk, the army’s main forces were to exploit success in the general direction of Osipovichi and Pukhovichi. The 65th Army, consisting of eight rifle divisions and one tank corps with reinforcements, was to penetrate the enemy’s defense north of Korma (on a 6-km front) with six rifle divisions, commit the 1st Guards Tank Corps, and, while developing the attack in the general direction of Glusha, sever all enemy communication lines approaching Bobruisk from the west. Part of the forces were to cooperate with the 3d and The situation in Belorussia at the beginning of june 1944 21 48th Armies in the capture of the city.