Bagration, 1944: The Destruction of Army Group Centre

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Osprey's overview of the most calamitous defeat of the German armed forces in World War II (1939-1945). On 22 June 1944, three years to the day after Germany's 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union, the Red Army launched a massive offensive in Byelorussia. Codenamed 'Operation Bagration', this campaign climaxed five weeks later with the Red Army at the gates of Warsaw. The Wehrmacht's Army Group Centre was routed, a total of 17 Wehrmacht divisions were utterly destroyed, and over 50 other German divisions were ...
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Overview

Osprey's overview of the most calamitous defeat of the German armed forces in World War II (1939-1945). On 22 June 1944, three years to the day after Germany's 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union, the Red Army launched a massive offensive in Byelorussia. Codenamed 'Operation Bagration', this campaign climaxed five weeks later with the Red Army at the gates of Warsaw. The Wehrmacht's Army Group Centre was routed, a total of 17 Wehrmacht divisions were utterly destroyed, and over 50 other German divisions were shattered.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855324787
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Campaign Series , #42
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 499,635
  • Product dimensions: 7.25 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Steven J. Zaloga was born in 1952, received his BA in history from Union College, and his MA from Columbia University. He has published numerous books and articles dealing with modern military technology, especially armoured vehicle development. His main area of interest is military affairs in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the Second World War, and he has also written extensively on American armoured forces.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    Somewhat superficial

    I had always been curious about the collapse of the German army on the Russian front in 1944 but had never read an account of what happened. Apparently it is difficult for historians to access detailed information about operation Bagration, and consequently this book is very superficial. It does however give you some idea of what happened. There is virtually no information from the German side which other readers have suggested is because the German command was in a state of absolute chaos as they retreated. Detailed maps of battles are not well explained and in one case a map of a German counter offensive is not explained at all. This book is nowhere near as informative or scholarly as Max Hastings Overlord or Armageddon. However, if you want a rudimentary understanding of events in Russia in June through August of 1944 this book is probably worth reading.

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