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Operation Bagration (Trade Editions) Paperback – November 25, 2000

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About the Author

Steven J. Zaloga received his BA in History from Union College and his MA from Columbia University. He has worked as an analyst in the aerospace industry for over two decades, covering missile systems and the international arms trade, and has served with the Institute for Defense Analyses, a federal think tank. He is the author of numerous books on military technology and military history, with an accent on the US Army in World War II as well as Russia and the former Soviet Union.
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Product Details

  • Series: Trade Editions
  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (November 25, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184176115X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841761152
  • Product Dimensions: 7.2 x 1 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,941,120 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
A good study of the defeat of Germany in Belarus, which ultimately led to the end of the Third Reich. The book has a nice collection of photos and diagrams of the campaign. It includes studies of the main military leaders, both Soviet and German. What I found of particular interest was the coverage of Lend-Lease equipment used by the Red Army. This had been downplayed by both the Soviets and the West during the Cold War, but the book clearly shows that Sherman tanks, Studebaker trucks and other US equipment were liberally used by the Red Army and did play a part in the ultimate victory. Operation Bagration has often been overshadowed by the other significant German defeat of 1944, the failure to halt the Anglo-American landing in Normandy. A significant event such as Operation Bagration, obviously needs to be covered and to given its due importance.
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This is an example of how good Osprey books can be and sets a standard of excellence. At the time of the Normandy landings far greater things were about to happen on the Eastern Front when a titanic clash commenced with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Byelorussian and 1st Baltic Fronts of the Soviet Union attacked Army Group Centre and in just 2 months Army Group Centre had ceased to exist.

Just like with the Normandy landings the Soviet Armed forces had acted out a brilliant deception plan "Maskirovka" aimed at convincing the Germans that the attack would come against Army Group Ukraine. This was so successful that Army Group Centre was stripped of most of its tank, mobile and reserves to reinforce Army Group Ukraine. This was followed by a cascading series of offensives reminiscent of the German Success of Barbarossa, except now it was the Russians turn to show who was the master.

A conflict and campaign of a scale hard to imagine is presented here neatly in less than 96 pages providing the big picture in a very streamlined volume. 5 good maps and 3 good birds eye 3-D battle maps bring the text to life and all are very relevant. Zaloga has done a brilliant job of presenting this crucial Campaign of World War 2 and shows how good Osprey Campaign books can be at their best.

Now several other reviewers have pointed out that the book is too short to do the subject justice and considering that Osprey now has several books on the Normandy landings and 3 on Barbarossa this is in a sense true. But this book is an excellent source book on the much overlooked Eastern Front and is a genuine Campaign book and will give you a very clear picture of how Army Group Centre was destroyed.
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This book was given five stars not because it was perfect but because its probably as good as you'll get in 91 usable pages minus pages allocated toward photos, maps and illustrations. The battle coverage on the Northern, Southern Shoulders as well as at Mogilev was thin and I'm sure was the victum of page limitations.

The first chapter, "Origins of Battle" gives a brief history of the eastern front in 1943 and the first part of 1944 to explain how the front line was formed by June of 1944. It explains the slow but inevitable push westward by the Russians at Kursk, Orel, Kharkov,Kiev, Korsun, Nevel and the Crimea.
In Opposing Commanders , the author gives bios on Hitler, Model and Busch on the German side and Stalin, Rokossovsky, Bagramyan, Chernyakovsky, Zakharov on the Russian side.
The chapter on Opposing Armies was good. It briefly describes the size and condition of the two enemies. It can quickly be seen the advantage the Russians have going into this battle. The Germans are at a greater disadvantage by the restrictions placed on them by Hitler and his lapdog, Busch. Model soon replaces him as CO of AGC. It also contains an Order of Battle which is very helpful.

Opposing Plans was the weakest chapter in the book. Due to poor intelligence, the Germans believed the main Russian offensive for 1944 would be in the South, in Northern Ukraine. The AGC sector was considered to be where the Russians would have disruptive offensives but nothing of major scale. On the Russian side, Mr Zaloga explains the many diversions, deceptions that were undertaken to fool the enemy. It was also explained the great effort made by the Russians to be prepared logistically and tactically for the launch.
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Like most books in the Ospery series, Bagration 1944 : The Destruction of Army Group Centre, creates a good overview of the destruction of Army Group Centre. The weakness of the book is it trys to cover too much and becomes a long narrative of attacks and movements with little perspective. It would help if there were more maps but given the nature of Ospery that is more then can be expected.
The strength of the book is the discussion of how Hitler's iron fisted direction of the German defense most likely eliminated any small chance of stemming the Soviet advance.
All in all, it is a worthwile read if one wants to get an overview of the campaign. However, because it is so dense it is difficult to process all of the facts.
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A very, very good overview of this complex battle. Bagration, of the Destruction of Army Group Center, shattered the German line in Russia and never again were the Germans able to build a solid front against the Soviets. But this battle did not take place in a day or two. It continued over a longer period of time. The forces involved numbered in the millions--2 1/2 million soldiers on the Soviet side alone---and in the first week of the battle 330,000 German troops were either killed or listed as missing in action. Few of the missing were ever found. 27 German divisions along with their higher echelon command formations such as Corps, were destroyed.

Understanding the Ost Krieg or the East War as the Germans called it is quite a task. And one of the keys to understanding the Soviet victory over the Germans is understanding Bagration. The author does a superlative job of presenting the salient facts then showing the progress of the battle in its proper timeline through clearly drawn maps.

An excellent primer for those who want to know about the battle but don't wish to plough through a long academic history as well as a good executive summary for those who know the battle but want to refresh their knowledge or have a summary close to hand.
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