The Soviet Reconquest of Central Ukraine, 1943

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The Soviet Reconquest of Central Ukraine, 1943

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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.

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Author's Note
Dramatis Personae
1 – Summer 1943: The Decisive Shift
2 – The Mius
3 – Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev
4 – Akhtyrka and Bogodukhov
5 – Kharkov
6 – Attrition: From the Mius and Donets to the Dnepr
7 – The Dnepr Bridgeheads
8 – Krivoy Rog
9 – Kiev and Zhitomir
10 – Year's End
11 - A Year of Decision

Product details

Published 29 Oct 2020
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 480
ISBN 9781472835352
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 16pp 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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