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Release Date: January 22, 2019
Publication Date: January 22, 2019
Author: Robert Forczyk
Creators: Adam Hook (Illustrator), Paul Kime (Cartographer), Bounford.com Bounford.com (Cartographer)
Package Dimensions (in inches): 0.47 x 9.69 x 7.17
Package Weight: 71 Hundredths Pounds
Item Dimensions (in inches): 9.61 x 7.2 x 0.33
Item Weight: 71 Hundredths Pounds
Audio Tracks/Subtitles: English (Published), English (Original Language), English (Unknown)
Manufacturer: Osprey Publishing
Number Of Pages: 96
Smolensk 1943 focuses on a major offensive that is virtually unknown in the West. With the German defeat at Kursk, the Soviet Stavka (high command) ordered the Western and Kalinin Fronts to launch Operation Suvorov in order to liberate the important city of Smolensk. The Germans had held this city for two years and Heeresgruppe Mitte's (Army Group Centre) 4. Armee had heavily fortified the region. The Soviet offensive began in August 1943 and quickly realized that the German defenses were exceedingly tough and that the Western Front had not prepared adequately for an extended offensive. Consequently, the Soviets were forced to pause their offensive after only two weeks, replenish their combat forces, and then begin again.
The German 4. Armee was commanded by Generaloberst Gotthard Heinrici, one of the Wehrmacht's top defensive experts. Although badly outnumbered, Heinrici's army gamely held off two Soviet fronts for seven weeks. Eventually, the 4. Armee's front was finally broken and Smolensk was liberated on 25 September 1943. However, the Western Front was too exhausted to pursue Heinrici's defeated army, which retreated to the fortified cities of Vitebsk, Orsha, and Mogilev; the 4. Armee would hold these cities until the destruction of Army Group Centre in June 1944.
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