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.