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tigre wrote:The carelessness of the lower-echelon Red Army commanders provided us with many clues. Examples of this carelessness included the II Guards Mechanized Corps driving into the Nagolnaya Valley with their headlights turned on; artillery moving and infantry arriving at the front in broad dayligh. Our combat patrols suddenly encountered no opposition: Russian front-line trenches were either empty or the men had been withdrawn as our patrols approached, in order to keep prisoners or deserters from betrayingany information. Finally, our listening posts reported tank noises on the last day of the concentration.
From division headquarters down, Russian radio discipline was poor. Radio direction-finding allowed us to pinpoint key Red Army headquarters, discovering, for example, that the Second Guards Army had been brought up immediately behind the Fifth Shock Army.
Radio intercepts also provided Sixth Army with an increasingly accurate order of battle for the Soviet forces arrayed against it. We first identified the XLI Rifle Corps and 221st Rifle Division as belonging to the Fifth Shock Army on 11 July. Two days later it became possible to assign the 347th and 271st Rifle Divisions to the Second Guards Army. On 14 July Russian traffic revealed that the II Guards Mechanized Corps, 34th Guards Rifle Division, and 13th Guards Mortar Brigade had appeared east of Dmitrievka. Our operators on 15 July intercepted the first orders requiring the II Guards Mechanized Corps to reconnoiter in the direction of Dmitrievka, Stepanovka, and Artemovka (the presumable direction of its subsequent attack).
Battle on Mius-front has come to the end with defeat of Germans. Fights have revealed the main problems German troops - lack of tanks and infantry. Break Mius-Front has provided Red army of an opportunity for victories over Ukraine in 1943.
Qvist wrote:Thanks Amvas, but which period does this refer to, for those of us who does not read Russian? If 17-27 July, they cover only the first phase of the first Mius offensive, if 17-27 August they refer only to the second Mius offensive.
Michate wrote:For those of us who cannot read Russian, how are the column headers labelled (the last column figures being obviously the sums of those in the three previous columns)?
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