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Bagration, 1944: The Destruction of Army Group Centre (Osprey Campaign) [Paperback]

Steven J. Zaloga
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15 Jan 1996 Osprey Campaign (Book 42)
On 22 June 1944, three years to the day after Germany's invasion of Russia, the Red Army launched a massive offensive codenamed Operation Bagration. Within five weeks they were at the gates of Warsaw. This attack had destroyed Army Group Centre annihilating 17 Wehrmacht divisions and over 50 other divisions were smashed. It was the most disastrous defeat suffered by the German armed forces in World War II and cost the Wehrmacht more men and materiel than the defeat at Stalingrad.

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing (15 Jan 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1855324784
  • ISBN-13: 978-1855324787
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 24.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 405,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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On 22 June 1944, three years to the day after Germany's 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union, the Red Army launched a massive offensive in Byelorussia. Read the first page
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 24 Mar 2008
By Gisli Jokull Gislason VINE VOICE
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This is an example of how good Osprey books can be and sets a standard of excellence. At the time of the Normandy landings far greater things were about to happen on the Eastern Front when a titanic clash commenced with the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Byelorussian and 1st Baltic Fronts of the Soviet Union attacked Army Group Centre and in just 2 months Army Group Centre had ceased to exist.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As big as D-Day 28 Nov 2002
This is a marvellous introduction to one of the greatest battles of World War 2 which is hardly known about in the West. Zaloga, the maestro himself describes how by strategic deception the Germans were completely annihilated in the Eastern Front by a brilliant Soviet strategic deception that took them to the gates of Warsaw. I could never find a readable English source on the battle. Vehicle freaks may find the illustrations dissapointingly culled from the old Vanguards etc but the sheer number of hitherto unreleased photos will delight anyone. I really think this is the best Zaloga I have ever bought.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Opinion on Bagration,1944 14 May 2013
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Very informative in terms of text, photographs and diagrams. It is slightly dated. Iwould still recommend to any person who is interested in the history of the military conflict that took place in Eastern Europe in 1940 / 45.
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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.
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2.0 out of 5 stars A Big Disappointment 20 May 2010
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Bought largely on the recommendations on Site!

Not that bad, but nothing as good as I expected.

Big Maps OK, but the detailed ones hard to follow - one is actually printed with SOUTH at the top!

Photos selection poor

Narrative OK but not outstanding

Worth reading - I have read it twice - but could have been better
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