The Soviet Reconquest of Central Ukraine, 1943

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The Soviet Reconquest of Central Ukraine, 1943


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From critically acclaimed Eastern Front expert Prit Buttar comes this detailed and engrossing account of the war on the Eastern Front as the German forces were driven back following the Battle of Kursk.

Beginning towards the end of the Battle of Kursk, Retribution explores the massive Soviet offensive that followed Operation Zitadelle, which saw depleted and desperate German troops forced out of Central Ukraine. In this fascinating title, Buttar describes in detail the little-known series of near-constant battles in which a weakened German army was confronted by a tactically sophisticated force of over six million Soviet troops. As a result, the Wehrmacht was driven back to the Dnepr and German forces remaining in the Taman Peninsula withdrew into the Crimea.

As the Germans withdrew, the horrors they had inflicted on occupied lands were gradually uncovered, from the "scorched earth" program to the mass deportations and executions of countless men, women and children. With an avenging Soviet army in pursuit, retribution was inevitable.

In this masterful narrative, renowned Eastern Front historian Prit Buttar weaves German and Soviet first-hand accounts into a detailed analysis of the strategies and tactics employed in this tumultuous period, bringing vividly to life the dark, desperate days of 1943.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – 'Summer 1943 – the Decisive Shift'
Chapter 2 – 'The Mius
Chapter 3 – 'The Polkovodets Rumyantsev Operation'
Chapter 4 – 'Akhtyrka and Bogodukhov'
Chapter 5 – 'Kharkov'
Chapter 6 – 'Attrition: From the Mius and Donets to the Dnepr'
Chapter 7 – 'The Dnepr Bridgeheads'
Chapter 8 – 'Krivoy Rog'
Chapter 9 – 'Kiev and Zhitomir'
Chapter 10 – 'Nikopol'

Product details

Published Oct 29 2019
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 480
ISBN 9781472835321
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 32pp plate section in b&w
Dimensions 234 x 153 mm
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Prit Buttar

Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London…


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