From critically acclaimed Eastern Frontexpert Prit Buttar comes this paperback edition of his detailed and engrossing account of the World War II's Eastern Front as German forces were driven back following the Battle of Kursk.
Making use of the extensive memoirs of German and Russian soldiers to bring this story to life, Retribution follows on from On A Knife's Edge, which described the encirclement and destruction of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad and the offensives and counteroffensives that followed throughout the winter of 1942–43. Beginning towards the end of the Battle of Kursk, Retribution tells the story of the massive Soviet offensive that followed the end of Operation Zitadelle, which saw depleted and desperate German troops forced out of Western Ukraine. In this title, critically acclaimed Eastern Front expert Prit Buttar describes in detail the little-known series of near-constant battles that saw a weakened German army 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 Kuban Peninsula south of Rostov were forced back into the Crimea, a retreat which would become one of many in the months that followed.
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Table of Contents
Introduction 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' Conclusion