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The Battle for L'vov July 1944 : The Soviet General Staff Study - Colonel David M. Glantz

The Battle for L'vov July 1944

The Soviet General Staff Study

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The Red Army's summer offensive of 1944 against Hitler's Wehrmacht was unprecedented in terms of its scale, scope, and strategic intent and impact. For the first time in the Soviet-German War, the Soviet High Command planned a series of massive and strategic operations, each aimed at the defeat of a full German army group. The Soviets conducted the L'vov-Sandomierz operation with a single powerful front operating under close High Command control. Within a period of 15 days, over one million attacking Red Army troops, including three tank armies and two cavalry-mechanized groups, demolished the opposing German army group, captured L'vov and launched its final advance toward Berlin and the heart of Germany in January 1945. This study details how the Red Army accomplished this feat in the words of those individuals who planned and orchestrated the offensive. The volume is an unexpurgated translation of the Soviet General Staff Study No. 22, published under the rubric of war experiences and originally classified Secret. In addition, the book contains a map supplement, including terrain maps, which are vital to following the detailed action, and daily operational maps, which permit the reader to understand the general flow of the operation.

List of Mapsp. viii
Editor's Forewordp. xi
List of Abbreviationsp. xiv
Introduction: 1st Ukrainian Front's L'vov-Peremyshl' Operationp. 1
Overall situation in the 1st Ukrainian Front's offensive sectorp. 11
Characteristics of area of combat operationsp. 11
Characteristics of enemy's defensesp. 13
Enemy force groupingp. 13
Operational planningp. 17
Army missionsp. 18
Missions of mobile formationsp. 20
Operational formation of the front's forcesp. 22
Employment of armored and mechanized forcesp. 25
Correlation of forces and means (weaponry)p. 26
Operational supportp. 29
Artillery supportp. 29
Ranging (registration)p. 31
Ammunition expenditurep. 32
Air supportp. 32
Engineer supportp. 35
Materiel supportp. 36
Preparation of the operationp. 40
Reconnaissancep. 40
Force regroupingp. 41
Artillery regroupingp. 43
Preparation of forcesp. 45
Preparation of jumping-off positions (staging areas)p. 46
Organization of command and control and communicationsp. 47
Organization of wire communicationsp. 49
Organization of radio communicationsp. 50
Organization of mobile communicationsp. 52
Organization of cooperationp. 52
Combat operations of forward battalions: Penetration of tactical depth of the enemy's defensep. 56
Combat operations of forward battalionsp. 56
Penetration of tactical depth of the enemy's defensep. 58
Penetration of the enemy's defense in 60th and 38th Armies' sectorsp. 59
Introduction of mobile formations into penetration and encirclement of enemy's Brody groupingp. 61
Development of the offensive to the San and Vistula Riversp. 67
Destruction of the enemy's Brody groupingp. 67
Arrival of the front's right flank at the San Riverp. 70
Capture of L'vov and Peremyshl'p. 73
Combat Operations in the Peremyshl' Regionp. 78
Development of the offensive along Stanislav-Drogobych Axisp. 81
The 1st Ukrainian Front's combat operations, 28 July-18 August: Restoration of the Railroadsp. 87
Forcing of the Vistula River and combat operations on the Sandomierz bridgeheadp. 87
Combat operations of 4th Tank, 60th, and 38th Armies' forcesp. 92
Restoration of the railroad lines during the L'vov-Peremyshl' operationp. 94
General results and conclusionsp. 96
From General Staff Study No. 16, Ch. 4: The 3d Guards Tank Army in the L'vov-Peremyshl' operationp. 108
Overall situationp. 108
Planning and preparation of operationp. 111
The 3d Guards Tank Army's combat operationsp. 115
Results and conclusionsp. 128
From General Staff Study No. 17, Ch. 2: Encirclement and destruction of the German Brody Grouping, July 1944p. 133
Overall situationp. 133
Operational planningp. 135
Encirclement of German Brody grouping, 13-18 Julyp. 138
Destruction of the encircled German Brody Grouping, 19-22 Julyp. 144
Summary and conclusionsp. 146
Editor's Appendices
Soviet order of battle and command cadre, 13 July 1944p. 149
1st Ukrainian Front's strength at beginning of L'vov-Peremyshl' operationp. 162
1st Ukrainian Front's armored strength at beginning of L'vov-Peremyshl' operationp. 163
1st Ukrainian Front's strength and losses in L'vov-Sandomierz operationp. 165
1st Ukrainian Front's equipment losses in L'vov-Sandomierz operationp. 166
Map supplementp. 167
Indexp. 217
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ISBN: 9780714652016
ISBN-10: 0714652016
Series: Cass Series on the Soviet (Russian) Study of War (Hardcover)
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 231
Published: 1st February 2002
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.62 x 15.49  x 2.36
Weight (kg): 0.47
Edition Number: 1