Vitebsk: The Fight And Destruction Of The Third Panzer Army
- World War II
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The Belarusian city of Vitebsk was a vital strategic stronghold on the Eastern Front, as it controlled the route to Minsk. A salient in the German lines, Vitebsk had been declared a Festerplatz—a fortress town—meaning that it must be held at all costs. This task was handed to the German 3rd Panzer Army in 1943.
Here is 3rd Panzer Army chief of staff Otto Heidkämper’s never-before-translated account of the defense, from military and anti-partisan operations to the massive Soviet assault against the city in June, 1944. When the smoke had cleared, the 3rd Panzer Army was routed, with 20,000 Germans dead and another 10,000 captured.
Vitebsk is a rare firsthand look at one of the crucial actions that paved the way for the Minsk Offensive.
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|Release Date:||December 29, 2017|