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 Battle of Moscow 1941 - Hitler's Third Reich and World War Two
The narrative of the battle itself is by well-known: the German thrust at Moscow; the inept and improvised defence; the appointment of General Zhukov to stiffen resistance; the final counter-attack using fresh forces hitherto safely away from the war in far Siberia.
The Battle of Moscow is one of the greatest battles of the war against Nazi Germany.
The battle spelt the beginning of the end of Hitler's aggression, and preluded the rout of the Nazi war machinery by the Soviet Army.
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 Battle of Smolensk (1941) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Battle of Smolensk (July 10-September 10, 1941) refers to the fierce engagement of the German Army Group Centre with the Soviet Army at Smolensk on the Eastern Front of World War II.
Smolensk fell on July 16, but Soviet resistance was strong, and several counter-attacks were conducted, the most noteworthy of these was the Yelnya Offensive, which was the most substantial reverse that the Wehrmacht had suffered up to that date and the first successful planned Soviet offensive operation in the Soviet-German war.
Nearly all of the city of Smolensk was destroyed after the battle.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Battle_of_Smolensk_(1941)   (332 words)

 1941 continued
Further south, on 2 August began a tank battle that became the Soviets’ first victory in the last month and a half, boosting morale, but 2 months later it ended with the destruction of Soviet forces at Yelnya.
In the aftermath of the Battle of Britain, most of the quick strikes against Britain were performed by squadrons of Bf-109 F/B fighters, usually equipped with 250 kg bombs.
No one wanted to die, but most believed it was better to die in battle than let themselves and their families suffer at the hands of a merciless invader.
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 WWII Axis Military History Day-by-Day: July
July 2nd, 1941: On the extreme southern front in the East, troops of the German 11th (von Schobert) and the Rumanian 3rd (Dumitrescu) and 4th Rumanian (Ciuparea) Armies begin an offensive from Moldavia toward Vinnitsa and the Black Sea port of Odessa.
July 7th, 1943: In the battle of Kursk, the German forces engaged are still unable to achieve a major breakthrough in the face of stiffening Soviet resistance reenforced by the arrival of strong tank and infantry reserves.
Smolensk is encircled by Axis forces, while fierce battles continue to rage 25 miles east of the city.
www.feldgrau.com /july.html   (5456 words)

 Need Help With Research - Smolensk 1941 - Armchair General Forums
I've been working on researching the battle of Smolensk (1941) on and off for several years, and it's been frustrating because there is a lack of solid data and information available in English or Russian.
And the Smolensk battle is not an exception.
There is also a new book in English Moscow 1941 by Roderic Braithwaite which is not really a military history, but rather a social history of the Battle Of Moscow, and there is a chapter about militia forces - the DNO - raised in the Moscow area during the summer.
www.armchairgeneral.com /forums/showthread.php?p=589485   (1892 words)

 Timeline 1941
1941 Mar 28, The Italian fleet was routed by the British at the Battle of Matapan.
1941 Nov 21, Juliet Mills, actress (Nanny and the Professor, QB VII), was born in London England.
1941 Dec 10, The siege of Tobruk in North Africa, was raised.
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 The Battle for Smolensk, or the FSB as a Warrantor of Russian Democracy   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
During the Napoleonic invasion of 1812 and during the Nazi invasion in 1941, the city of Smolensk and all of the Smolensk region were the sites of major battles that undermined the forces of the invaders and, eventually, brought victory to Russia.
Indeed, the election campaign in Smolensk took the form of a major battle, and the unseen one in Russia: the battle between the Communist Party and its "patriotic allies" on the one hand, and the FSB/KGB along with the Kremlin and Moscow oligarchs (Pravda's claims are correct here) on the other hand.
The Smolensk region is traditionally referred to as the "red belt" in Russia, the territory in which the residents support Communists.
www.newsmax.com /archives/articles/2002/6/5/131339.shtml   (1664 words)

 The Mutiny of Generals: Russia 1812
Barclay tenaciously followed the policy of retreat and evading the major battle and he was not ready to give it at Vitebsk.
The headquarters was set up at the Smolensk Governor’s house in the St. Petersburg suburb (outside the city walls) on the right bank of the Dnieper.
Meanwhile, Bagration out-marched Davout by crossing the Dnieper at Novy Bykhov and proceeded to Smolensk.
www.napoleon-series.org /military/battles/c_mutiny1.html   (1707 words)

 Talk:Battle of Smolensk (1941) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This is the talk page for discussing improvements to the Battle of Smolensk (1941) article.
The claim that the Soviet attacks, particularily the Yelnya offensive, had a significant material impact on the German offensive, as opposed to purely a moral boost to the Soviet side, is debatable.
The most glaring example being the description of the battle as a part of the "Great Patriotic War".
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Talk:Battle_of_Smolensk_(1941)   (330 words)

 Military Chronicles Series MCS-019 The Battle near Smolensk. Part 1 (10 July 1941 - 10 September 1941) on ...
German prisoners captured by the troops of the Red Army in the vicinity of Smolensk are shown at a transit camp.
The training of the crews of 37mm MZA light anti-aircraft guns loaded on the echelon platforms of the 109th Armoured division.
The caliber of the machine guns mounted on this model was too small to use them in serious tank battles (it was 12,7mm and 7,62), but the vehicles were used for reconnaissance and signal.
www.aviapress.com /viewonekit.htm?MCS-019   (430 words)

 The Battle for Moscow - Part II
Having lost their battle for Moscow with Hitler, the German generals applied themselves to the rapid conclusion of the diversion of Army Group Center's panzers southward with the expectation of advancing on Moscow once this move was complete.
They had thus far managed to avoid being caught in the destructive battles of encirclement that other Soviet armies had been trapped in, but the Soviet forces fighting Army Group South were not in a position to disengage without risking destruction.
In response, other historians like Glantz have suggested that part of the reason the Germans turned south was the increasing Soviet resistance on the Moscow axis at the time of the Battle of Smolensk and the need to secure Army Group Center's southern flank.
www.suite101.com /article.cfm/world_war_2/15217   (552 words)

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On the 6th of August, the Battle of Smolensk was concluded in many pockets and again 310,000 Russians fell into German captivity, while 3,205 tanks and 3,120 guns were destroyed or captured.
As early as 2nd October the break-through battle on the Central Front began, while on 11th October the battle on the Sea of Azov was successfully concluded; again 107,000 prisoners, 212 tanks and 672 guns were counted.
On 8th October the break-through battle on the Central Front was concluded with a new success, unique in history, when 663,000 prisoners were only part of its results; 1,242 tanks and 5,452 guns were either destroyed or captured.
www.ibiblio.org /pha/policy/1941/411211b.html   (8513 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Panzergruppe Guderian: the Battle of Smolensk, July 1941: modified victory conditions / John D. Beardsworth When playing SPl's Panzergruppe Guderian as the Russian player, are you sick of seeing your gleeful German opponent wiping out your beautiful red rifle divisions and seizing the cities of Mother Russia?
I have found that the major problem with this game about the Battle of Smolensk is the determination of victory - it is much too easy for the German player to win.
The Soviet player may often destroy individual regiments of a division but it is indeed rare that he can eliminate an entire division.
www.grognard.com /zines/ph/p1115.txt   (321 words)

 HobbyTerra - Excellent scale model kits
The second part of the book narrating about the Battle for Smolensk is devoted to preparing and conducting the Briansk and Reserve Fronts counter-blows at attacking German troops.
The offensive operation by the Reserve Front's 24th Army commanded by Army General G. Zhukov ended in serious success for the first time since the Great Patriotic War had been started.
On September 6, 1941 Elnia was redeemed and by September 8 the whole Elnia salient had been eliminated.
www.hobbyterra.com /book.asp?idBook=31   (112 words)

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Unfortunately, here is where the Smolensk ‘41 game could have shined, as the details don’t go far enough for our tastes, in showing the national differences in doctrine, such as the differences in artillery utilization.
However, to be fair, the game designers have assured me that the reasoning behind the decisions to not include more realistic rules here was to keep the complexity level lower and the game mechanics cleaner.
In part two of this article, we will cover what we felt was lacking to make this game a more detailed historical simulation of the battles around Smolensk during the summer of 1941.
www.wargamer.com /reviews/smolensk41/page5.asp   (1362 words)

 TIME.com: The Great Battle -- Aug. 11, 1941 -- Page 1
Meanwhile, something of the bitter battle that had been fought could be read between the lines of Nazi propaganda.
To bolster the morale of their people at home anxiously waiting the outcome of the great battle, the Nazis pointed out that if the Russians had gone as far into Germany as the Germans have into Russia (500-600 miles), they would long since have passed Berlin and be well on their way to the Rhine.
But there were hints that the severity of the fight had been as unexpected in Berlin as in the world at large.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,765869-1,00.html   (611 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In the second echelon of front, in Smolensk area, 16th Army arrived from reserve of the Soviet High Command of the general of M. Lukin.
To the beginning of Smolensk battle the ratio of forces which have entered struggle on line West Dvina - Dnieper, was still for the benefit of Germans.
The general plan was reduced to deal blows on three directions from areas to the south of Bely, Yartsevo and Roslavle on converging directions on Smolensk with a task in interaction with forces of 20th and 16th Armies rout the opponent in areas to the north and to the south of Smolensk.
www.personal.utulsa.edu /~phillip-sheehan/files/battle.doc   (2155 words)

 Chronology 1941
Due to the effectiveness of the German U-boot offensive in the Battle of the Atlantic and the dire straits of the British military situation, the British government exhausted $6.5 billion in credit offered by the U.S. government in 1940.
Rashid Ali led a coup against the Iraqi government and established a government with sympathies for the Axis cause.
The Battle of the Atlantic escalated as a German U-boot torpedoed the American destroyer, U.S.S. Kearny, off the coast of Iceland.
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 Maps WWII Eastern Front 1941
After consultations with Hitler, the final plan for Operation Barbarossa called for the diversion of forces from the central army group, after the capture of Smolensk, to support the northern army group in attacking Leningrad and only after achieving this would the central army group continue operations toward Moscow.
Soviet forces held a numerical advantage on the northern and southern flanks.
This move destroyed a substantial concentration of Soviet armed forces around Kiev.
www.onwar.com /maps/wwii/eastfront1/index.htm   (346 words)

 Across The Battlefields - Kesselslacht   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
This scenario deals with the German drive to cross the Dneiper River during the summer of 1941.
The main target is the City of Smolensk a communication junction critical for the final assault on Moscow
Special: Russian units vary in strenght, an infantry division is not always what it seems to be.
www.wargamer.com /Hosted/acrossthebattlefield/download/kes.htm   (137 words)

 Amazon.com: War Without Garlands: Barbarossa 1941/42: Books: Robert Kershaw   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
All told, the Wehrmacht suffered 219,000 dead and 730,000 wounded in the nine months between June 1941 and February 1942 (Kershaw fails to mention that about 25% of the wounded would be returned to duty in a few months).
The idea that "the seedcorn of Blitzkrieg" was lost in 1941 is premature, given the ability of the Germans to mount large-scale Blitzkrieg-type offensives in 1942 and 1943.
In implying that the German soldier of 1941 was psychologically conditioned to believe in campaigns that only last six weeks and then resulted in victory parades, Kershaw is painting a psychological weakness that did not exist.
www.amazon.com /War-Without-Garlands-Barbarossa-1941/dp/1885119712   (2793 words)

 TIME.com: Odessa Pocket -- Aug. 25, 1941 -- Page 1
During the first plunge forward there had been the great Battle of Bialystok-Minsk; during the second phase, the great Battle of Smolensk.
The Battle of the Ukraine was a gigantic flanking operation with the Germans going deep into the stretch between the Bug and Dnieper Rivers, then swinging south to encircle the Russians at the Black Sea ports.
Frontally the German gains eastward were out of all linear proportion to the great flanking sweeps which made the gains possible.
www.time.com /time/magazine/article/0,9171,765967,00.html   (539 words)

 German Forces Involed with Smolensk 1941 - Armchair General Forums
Was curious if anyone had an accurate composition of the German Panzer forces that were involved in the Smolensk Operation.
Ive been playing the HPS Panzer Campaign Smolensk for a while and have been reading on the battle.
I have some information on the battle that may be helpful.
www.armchairgeneral.com /forums/showthread.php?t=36759   (293 words)

 Stalin on War with Germany, July 3, 1941
In spite of the heroic resistance of the Red Army, and although the enemy's finest divisions and finest airforce units have already been smashed and have met their doom on the field of battle, the enemy continues to push forward, hurling fresh forces into the attack.
Hitler's troops have succeeded in capturing Lithuania, a considerable part of Latvia, the western part of Byelo-Russia, part of Western Ukraine.
The fascist airforce is extending the range of operations of its bombers, and is bombing Murmansk, Orsha, Mogilev, Smolensk, Kiev, Odessa and Sebastopol.
www.ess.uwe.ac.uk /documents/stalin1.htm   (1954 words)

 PANZERGRUPPE GUDERIAN   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
RULEBOOK VERBAGE (SPI): PANZERGRUPPE GUDERIAN is a regimental/divisional level simulation of the German drive to cross the Dnepr River in the summer of 1941 and seize the valuable communication junctions at Smolensk in preparation for the final push towards Moscow.
The situation is the summer of 1941 and the Germans are running full tilt
The Soviets have four armies starting on the map and reinforcements streaming onto the battlefield.
www.wargameacademy.org /PGG   (379 words)

 The Battle for Moscow - Part II   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Battle for Moscow - Part II The Battle for Moscow - Part II Ralph Zuljan
German decisions during the Battle of Smolensk were decisive for the strategic direction of the Barbarossa campaign.
This delayed an offensive toward Moscow to the end of September 1941.
www.onwar.com /articles/f9903.htm   (56 words)

 Untitled Page   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
These figures include deaths of civilians from diseases, famine, and atrocities as well as deaths of soldiers in battle.
80,000 (estimated) - suicides of Japanese civilians during the Battle of Okinawa, (1945)
8,000 - suicides of Japanese civilians and troops during the Battle of Saipan, (1944)
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