By David Glantz
A new edited translation of the Soviet employees examine of the crimson Army's Belorussian operation in the summertime of 1944, which was once exceptional when it comes to its scale, scope and strategic effects. The Soviet Stavka had deliberate a crusade including a sequence of huge operations spanning the total Soviet-German entrance. 4 robust fronts (army teams) operated lower than shut Stavka (high command) keep an eye on. Over 1.8 million troops acomplished a feat designated within the heritage of the pink military: the defeat and dismemberment of a complete German military staff. This publication is a translation of the Soviet common employees research No 18, a piece initially labeled as 'secret' and meant to teach 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 circulation of the operation in larger aspect.
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The communications directorate had at its disposal nine construction and four cableand-pole companies to carry out this work. These personnel were able to manage the work completely, ensuring normal troop control with the tempo of their advance, that is, eight-ten kilometers per day. Radio communications The plan envisioned the echelonment of radio equipment and the creation of a reserve of radio equipment in order to ensure continuous radio communications while shifting command posts. Two radio centers were organized, one deployed at front headquarters and the other with the operational group.
In cooperation with the 1st Baltic Front’s 43d Army, [it was] to defeat the enemy’s Vitebsk grouping and capture Vitebsk. The army’s immediate mission was to penetrate the enemy defense in the Karpovichi and Kuzmentsy sector (a sector width of 6 kilometers), and, by the end of the first day of the operation, reach the Perevoz, Borisovka, Zamostoch’e, and Ovchinniki line. By the end of the second day, it was to reach the Rogi, Butezhi, Tserkovishche, and Moshkany line, and by the end of the third day the Ostrovno, Lake Sarro, and Lake Lipno line.
Front reconnaissance aviation regularly monitored traffic along the highways, railroads, and dirt roads up to 150 kilometers into the depth. The enemy’s airfield grouping was revealed to the entire operational depth, and work at these airfields was monitored daily. Air reconnaissance units photographed an area of more than 48,000 square kilometers, and photographed probable enemy troop-movement routes along main axes. The decoding of these photos disclosed around 600 railway trains, up to 300 batteries, up to 400 pillboxes, up to 700 machine-gun and fire points, 6,000 dugouts, 4,000 motor vehicles, and 50 storage depots.
Belorussia 1944: The Soviet General Staff Study (Soviet (Russian) Study of War) by David Glantz