The Soviet Reconquest of Central Ukraine, 1943

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  • Author: Prit Buttar
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 31 Oct 2019
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Making use of the extensive memoirs of German and Russian soldiers to bring their story to life, the narrative 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 counter-offensives that followed throughout the winter of 1942-43. 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 title, 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 Taman Peninsula south of Rostov withdrew into the Crimea, a retreat which would become one of many in the months that followed.

Biographical Note

Prit Buttar studied medicine at Oxford and London before joining the British Army as a doctor. After leaving the army, he worked as a GP, first near Bristol and then in Abingdon, Oxfordshire. He appeared from time to time on local and national TV and radio, speaking on a variety of medical issues, and contributed regularly to the medical press.An established expert on the Eastern Front in 20th century military history, Buttar's previous books include the critically acclaimed Battleground Prussia: The Assault on Germany's Eastern Front 1944-45 (Osprey 2010), Between Giants: The Battle for the Baltics in World War II (Osprey 2013) and a definitive four-part series on the Eastern Front in World War I which concluded with The Splintered Empires: The Eastern Front 1917-21 (Osprey, 2017). He lives in Kirkcudbright, Scotland.


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'

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