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The Demyansk and Kholm Pockets - German Élan Defeats Red Hordes
The Demyansk and Kholm Pockets
German Élan Defeats Red Hordes
© 2012
151 pages; 9 chapters and 2 appendices
The Demyansk and Kholm Pockets is an important e-book
describing the participation of both German ground and air forces in
major rescue operations in 1941. Most
World War II historians
focus little ink on the unbelievably important role of the
German
Luftwaffe
participation in the Wehrmacht combined arms team on
the Eastern Front. When originally organized as a uniquely lethal
supporting arm, the
Luftwaffe was unbeatable at the tactical or
operational level. However, as the
Demyansk and Kholm Pockets
proved, the
Luftwaffe could also carry out limited resupply
missions.
The Demyansk and Kholm Pockets explains what
happened as the
Luftwaffe saved both the Demyansk and Kholm
Pockets
.
Review Table of Contents
“Long-term resupply of surrounded German forces was a new role for the German Air Force in 1941. The Luftwaffe was
intended to play a key part of the German Wehrmacht's combined arms offensive team. Rather than paving the way for
the army’s offensive conquests, Luftwaffe aircraft were now rescuing German ground forces fighting in a defensive role.
Every aircraft that landed in the operating area with troops, weapons, and supplies would of course, strengthen
surrounded German forces and enable them to survive. Of course a large number of such resupply aircraft might be lost
as the result of weather conditions, communist antiaircraft fire and enemy attack aircraft. Rescue operations, undertaken
to supply cut off troops admitted that no offensive maneuver to rescue the troops would suffice alone. By resupplying
defeat, the Germans were violating the first rule of maneuver: Reinforce Success.”
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