By Howard F Brown

ISBN-10: 1563111306

ISBN-13: 9781563111303

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In a week the Germans trapped the greater part o f six armies in pockets at Bryansk and Vyaz'ma. On 10 October the Army Chief of Staff, General Armii Georgi K. " O ctober was a black month for the Soviet Union, th e darkest of the entire war. Leningrad was under tight siege; Moscow was threatened ; Kharkov fell ; and German armies closed in on th e D onets Basin industrial area. The human cost was appalling. , II , 69. , II , 61. , 11 , 234 . prisoners On the other hand, the Germans, in action continuously for fo ur months, had to contend with the added strains that the fall rains and mud inflicted on men and equipment.

The spear- across the lower Don and into the Caucas us. In the regroupment Army Group B took command of Second, Fourth Pan zer, and Sixth Armies, the first two detached from Army Group Center. Arm y Group A was assigned First Panzer, Eleventh , and Seventeenth Armies. For the first time in the East, the German aJlies, Italy, Hungary, 33 Der Fuehrer und Oberste Be/ehlshabe r der Wehrma ch t. OKW, WFSt NT. 55616142. 5442 , OCMH files. head divisions in BLAU would have 85 percent o f their organic motor veh icl e allowances, but the other divisions would have far less.

I, 415- 16 , 453. I , 441. , 28 STALINGRAD TO BERLIN less, and at times paralyzing suspicion and terror. The Soviet command, moreover, had no clear conception of what would happen when war began. It assumed that initially both sides would be engaged in mobilization and strategic deployment and therefore not ready to launch major opera- less than two years before, in places less than a year before, been deep in foreign territory. The border defenses and the tions for several weeks. 23 If war broke out become front (army group ) commanding initially twelve on the Finnish border and they were to headquarters armies, three nine on the frontier between the Baltic and Black \Vhil e it is difficu lt to acce pt that the western frontier military districts were in as austere a condition as the Soviet postStalin accounts would have them appear, Seas .

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