Bloody Triangle: The Defeat of Soviet Armor in the Ukraine, June 1941 [NOOK Book]

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It was a tank battle exceeded in size and significance only by the famous defeat of Germany’s Panzer force near Kursk in 1943.  And yet, little is known about this weeklong clash of more than two thousand Soviet and German tanks in a stretch of northwestern Ukraine that came to be known as the “bloody triangle.” 

 

This book offers the first in-depth account of this critical battle, which began on 24 June 1941, just two days into Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's ...

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Overview

It was a tank battle exceeded in size and significance only by the famous defeat of Germany’s Panzer force near Kursk in 1943.  And yet, little is known about this weeklong clash of more than two thousand Soviet and German tanks in a stretch of northwestern Ukraine that came to be known as the “bloody triangle.” 

 

This book offers the first in-depth account of this critical battle, which began on 24 June 1941, just two days into Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union.  Author Victor Kamenir describes the forces arrayed against each other across that eighteen-hundred-square-mile-triangle in northwestern Ukraine.  Providing detailed orders of battle for both Wehrmacht and Red Army Forces and contrasting the strengths and weaknesses of the Soviet and German tanks, he shows how the Germans slowly and decisively overwhelmed the Russians, apparently opening the way to Moscow and the ultimate defeat of the Soviet Union.  And yet, as Kamenir’s account makes clear, even at this early stage of the Russo-German war the Soviets were able to slow down and even halt the Nazi juggernaut. Finally, the handful of days gained by the Red Army did prove to have been decisive when the Wehrmacht attack stalled at the gates of Moscow in the dead of winter, foreshadowing the end for the Germans.

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Midwest Book Review"During the summer of 1941, a marshy area of the Ukraine witnessed a battle between over 2,000 tanks in a pivotal, early armor clash of World War II. Victor Kamenir details the little known battle between Soviet and German forces that was a harbinger of things to come on the Eastern Front…Told largely in the words of the men who were there, this informative history shed new light on how the Soviet tank units melted away under the merciless onslaught of their determined and well equipped adversary. From the early planning stages, when German intelligence realized the Soviet command structure would more than likely be slow to respond to a rapidly changing tactical situation, to the final unsuccessful counteroffensive by the Russians, this book offers a complete picture of the entire event. Kamenir's insightful analysis also compares and contrasts the strengths and weaknesses of the equipment utilized by both sides in the struggle."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616732394
  • Publisher: MBI Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 1/12/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 915,469
  • File size: 7 MB

Meet the Author


Victor Kamenir is a student of Russian military history. His writing has been published in the magazines Military History, Military Heritage, and WWII History. Born in Russia, Victor’s family emigrated to the United States when he was fifteen. A ten-year army veteran, he is now a police officer working near Portland. He and his family live in Sherwood, Oregon. This is his first book.

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Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part I Opposing Forces

1 German Plans, Dispositions, and Organization 1

2 Soviet Military on the Eve of War 9

3 Dispositions of Kiev Special Military District 29

4 Organization and Strength of Kiev Special Military District 33

5 Creeping up to War 51

Part II The Border Battle

6 We Are Under Attack! What Should We Do? June 22 75

7 Creaking to the Sound of the Guns, June 22 109

8 Hold What You've Got! June 23-24 125

9 Piecemeal Forward, June 25 159

10 Battle for Dubno, June 26-27 175

11 Continue Mission, June 28 213

12 Fall Back to Old Border, June 29-30 229

13 The Last Convulsion, July 1-2 245

Conclusion 255

Appendices

A Abridged Order of Battle: Army Group South 263

B Kiev Special Military District Order of Battle 265

C Order of Battle of Soviet Mechanized Corps 271

D Organization of German Motorized Infantry Division 275

E Organization of German Panzer Division 275

F Organization of Soviet Antitank Artillery Brigade 276

G Organization of Soviet Mechanized Corps and Tank Division 277

H Organization of Soviet Motorized Rifle Division 278

I Organization of Soviet Rifle Division 278

J Unit Symbols 279

K Comparative Strength of Armored Units 280

L German Armored Vehicles 282

M Soviet Armored Vehicles 284

Maps 288

Notes 301

Bibliography 307

Index 311

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    Good read for WWII history buffs

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