In total, the Soviets committed more than 4, tanks, 34, artillery pieces and 4, aircraft. German figures counted tanks, more than 2, artillery pieces and aircraft — a shocking number and indicative of the de mechanization of the battle-worn German army in the later years of the war. The Germans underestimated the Soviets. This is partly due to distraction at the highest levels of the Third Reich.
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- Hitler's Greatest Defeat: The Collapse of Army Group Centre, June 1944 (Cassell Military Classics).
A June Soviet offensive aimed at Finland — which would later knock Finland out of the war — absorbed attention in Berlin. Soviet maskirovka , or deception, was integral to the success of Bagration.
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The Soviets also kept down radio chatter, moving orders by courier, inhibiting the Germans from snooping on their plans. The partisans had become a considerable problem for the Germans by , with tens of thousands of paramilitaries operating behind the lines.
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At this point in the war, Germany could not replace its losses. However, the Soviet Union could — and did.
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The author has also given considerable attention to Russian partisan activities in the German rear and has highlighted their role in the German defeat by keeping sizeable proportions of German forces occupied in rear area installation and line of communication protection duties and in co-operating with the main Red Army formations in the detailed defeat and annihilation of various German formations in the final stages of the offensive.
Adequately detailed maps and the reader experiences considerable difficulty in on ground orientation, however, do not support the book.
This is compounded by the fact that the subject battles were fought over a large area and Russian names are more difficult to remember by a foreign reader. There are some factual errors in the book but these pertain to historical background and are more related to 18th and 19th century German history than Operation Bagration.
On the whole Adair has accomplished a great deal in restoring one of the most decisive battles of the Second World War to its true place in history. In addition the book is a welcome addition to the relatively few Western accounts on the battles fought on the Eastern Front in the period The book is a compulsory reading for any student of military history who is interested in the operational art and various aspects of the inter relationship between military strategy, intelligence theory, operational strategy and military methodology.
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