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Operation Bagration (Trade Editions) Paperback – November 25, 2000
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This little book contains many many facts about a little known (by the people in the west) battle accuring in Russia during WW 2, it was partly because of this battle that the... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bob M
A typical presentation of this publisher. Great color exhibits but very little detail of what happened. A good primer for the battle for those who don't know anything about it.Published 19 months ago by Stephen Weatherman
Excellent book with all the detail and content Osprey is known for. Great detail pics for model lets, too! Superior .Published on June 19, 2014 by Richard Mowbray
Great book! I added this to my library, and have enjoyed reading the text, examining the photos, and cross referencing photo descriptions.Published on December 9, 2013 by SpecOps
The book was smaller than I expected but was well illustrated with photographs and maps. However I would recommend that anybody reading this book be firstly fairly well acquainted... Read morePublished on October 13, 2012 by David McGrath
This is a good high level book of the campaign. And is very usefull to anyone who maybe using it as a gaming resource. Read morePublished on July 3, 2008 by J. L. Harrison