Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 / Edition 1

Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania, Spring 1944 / Edition 1

by David M. Glantz
     
 

The leading expert on Soviet military history resurrects a failed World War II campaign that the official Russian history seeks to erase from memory. Reconstructing the Red Army's first invasion of Romania in the spring of 1944, Glantz shows that despite the campaign's abysmal failure, it provided a clear indication of Stalin's strong interest in the Balkans and

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Overview

The leading expert on Soviet military history resurrects a failed World War II campaign that the official Russian history seeks to erase from memory. Reconstructing the Red Army's first invasion of Romania in the spring of 1944, Glantz shows that despite the campaign's abysmal failure, it provided a clear indication of Stalin's strong interest in the Balkans and further damaged the German army's ability to stop the Soviet war machine in its drive toward Berlin.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780700614653
Publisher:
University Press of Kansas
Publication date:
11/28/2006
Series:
Modern War Studies Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
462
Sales rank:
1,416,291
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

1. Introduction

-The Winter Campaign (December 1943-April 1944)

-The Balkan Dimension: The War in Southern Ukraine and Northern Romania (April-June 1944)

2. Prelude

-Situation in Early April 1944

-Soviet Offensive Planning

3. The 2nd Ukrainian Front's April Offensive (8-23 April 1944)

-The Initial Advance along the Tirgu-Frumos Axis (8-12 April)

-Jockeying for Position along the Tirgu-Frumos Axis (13-23 April)

-Operations along the Dnestr Front (8-25 April)

-Conclusions

4. The 3rd Ukrainian Front's Advance to the Dnestr River and the
-Bridgehead Battles (11-25 April 1944)

-Prelude: The Odessa Offensive (26 March-10 April)

-Pursuit to the Dnestr River and the First Bridgehead Battles (11-17 April)

-The Second Bridgehead Battles (19-25 April)

-Conclusions

5. The 2nd Ukrainian Front's Preparations for the Iasi (Tirgu-Frumos) Offensive (24 April - 1 May 1944)

-Konev's Strategic Plan

-Regrouping and Composition (1 May)

-Konev's Diversionary Operations along the Iasi Axis (24-26 April)

-Group Wohler's Spoiling Attacks (25-28 April)

-Konev's Final Offensive Preparations (29 April - 1 May)

-Conclusions

6. The 2nd Ukrainian Front's Iasi (Tirgu-Frumos) Offensive (2-8 May 1944)

-The Battle on 2 May

-The Battle on 3 May

-The Battle on 4 May

-The Battles during 5-7 May

-The LVII Panzer Corps' Counterstroke (17 May)

-Conclusions

7. The 3rd Ukrainian Front's Plans and the German Sixth Army's Counterstrokes along the Dnestr River (2-30 May 1944)

-Malinovsky's Planning and Regrouping (2-8 May)

-German Sixth Army's Counterstrokes along the Dnestr River (8-30 May)

-Conclusions

8. Denouement (30 May - 6 June 1944)

-Soviet Planning to 26 May

-Army Group Wohler's Iasi Counterstroke (30 May - 5 June)

-Conclusions

9. Conclusions

-The "Discovery"

-Strategic Implications

-Lessons Learned

-The Human Cost

Appendix: Soviet Documents

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

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