Bagration 1944: Osprey Campaign Series 42
This book in the Osprey series `Campaign' tells the story of the Russian military operation `Bagration' that took place predominantly in Byelorussia commencing on 22nd June 1944: that is concurrent with the battle for Normandy and beginning exactly three years after the Germans opened their invasion of Russia.
`Bagration 1944' tells the story of the Russian advance through Minsk and other Byelorussian cities and the destruction of the German Army Group Centre along the way. Through a series of frontal assaults, encirclements and mopping up operations, the Germans lost 300,000 to 350,000 troops, at least half killed in action. Of the 150,000 or so captured, half are said to have died on their way to the POW camps or in the camps.
All the books in this series follow the same formula, so you know what to expect. In this case there are chapters on: Origins of the battle; Commanders; Armies; Plans; Operation Bagration; Aftermath; Chronology and Further reading. There are clear & informative colour maps and good B&W photographs. I find these books an ideal introduction to particular subject because all the basic information is laid out succinctly and the maps & photographs provide clear mental images which help me to memorize what I have learnt. This one is as good as the others I've read: 5 stars.