New PDF release: Bloody Triangle: The Defeat of Soviet Armor in the Ukraine,

By Victor Kamenir

ISBN-10: 076033434X

ISBN-13: 9780760334348

It was once a tank conflict handed in measurement and importance basically via the well-known defeat of Germany’s Panzer strength close to Kursk in 1943. And but, little is understood approximately this weeklong conflict of greater than thousand Soviet and German tanks in a stretch of northwestern Ukraine that got here to be often called the “bloody triangle.”

This e-book deals the 1st in-depth account of this serious conflict, which started on 24 June 1941, simply days into Operation Barbarossa, Hitler's invasion of the Soviet Union. Author Victor Kamenir describes the forces arrayed opposed to one another throughout that eighteen-hundred-square-mile-triangle in northwestern Ukraine. Providing targeted orders of conflict for either Wehrmacht and purple military Forces and contrasting the strengths and weaknesses of the Soviet and German tanks, he indicates how the Germans slowly and decisively crushed the Russians, it appears beginning tips on how to Moscow and the final word defeat of the Soviet Union. And but, as Kamenir’s account makes transparent, even at this early degree of the Russo-German warfare the Soviets have been in a position to decelerate or even halt the Nazi juggernaut. eventually, the handful of days won via the crimson military did turn out to were decisive whilst the Wehrmacht assault stalled on the gates of Moscow within the lifeless of iciness, foreshadowing the tip for the Germans.

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Combat vehicles were worn out and not ready for prolonged operations. Basically, the [9th Mechanized] Corps was not combat ready under these circumstances. Neither the headquarters of Kiev Special Military District nor General Staff could have been ignorant of this situation. XIX Mechanized Corps The XIX Mechanized Corps under Maj. Gen. Nikolay V. Feklenko was a virtual twin to Rokossovskiy’s IX Mechanized. Feklenko’s corps was also part of reserves of South-Western Front and was also located along the old border, centered on towns of Zhitomir and Berdichev.

Designed to replace the T-35, the KV-1 initially resembled a heavier version of the T-34, even being armed with the same caliber cannon, the 76mm. Slightly over six hundred KV-1s were produced from mid-1940 to mid-1941. The KV-2 was the poor relation of the KV-1. Designed specifically for suppressing and destroying enemy fortifications, the KV-2 mounted a 152mm howitzer in a tall, square naval gun turret mounted on KV-1 chassis. Even though slightly over 330 of these tanks were produced in 1940 and the first half of 1941, less than 100 of them were operational when the red balloon went up.

Colonel Yermolayev, who in late June replaced wounded Major General Karpezo, shed light on the condition of the XV Mechanized Corps immediately before the war. 8 Table 5. 5% 56% 60% 94% Table 6. Armored Fighting Vehicles KV-1 T-34 T-28 BT-7 T-26 10th TD 63 38 51 37th TD 1 34 212th MRD Totals 64 72 51 181 258 32 471 22 22 5 49 OT-269 8 1 9 An additional seventeen T-40s were in the 131st Tank Regiment of the 212th Motorized Rifle Division. Also, there were additional tanks assigned to command elements of the divisions that were not reflected among the above 38 Organization and Strentgh of Kiev Special Military District totals.

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