German Infantryman vs Soviet Rifleman

Barbarossa 1941

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German Infantryman vs Soviet Rifleman

Barbarossa 1941

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The Axis invasion of the Soviet Union on 22 June 1941 pitted Nazi Germany and her allies against Stalin's forces in a mighty struggle for survival. Fighting alongside the spearhead Panzer divisions were Germany's highly skilled and veteran motorized infantrymen – including the German Army's premier unit, Infanterie-Regiment (mot.) Großdeutschland. Opposing these German mobile forces, the Soviets deployed the often ill-trained and poorly equipped men of the rifle regiments, who fought tenaciously and with the threat of savage reprisals from their own side. In this book three bruising clashes during the first seven weeks of the campaign are assessed – a bloody encounter battle at Zhlobin, the struggle for the destroyed city of Smolensk and then a prolonged clash along a dangerously stretched German defensive perimeter at Vas'kovo–Voroshilovo.

Table of Contents

Introduction /The opposing sides /Zhlobin: 6 July 1941 /Smolensk: 15–23 July 1941 /Vas'kovo–Voroshilovo: 23–27 July 1941 /Analysis /Aftermath /Unit organizations /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published 20 Jul 2014
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 80
ISBN 9781472803245
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 40 b/w; 22 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat
Short code CBT
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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