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German Army vs. Soviet Partisans
11th German Corps’ Desperate Defense
160 pages; 7 chapters and 1 special report
German Corps Defends Donets River is a war e-book describing the variety of tactics
and techniques used by a Soviet army trying to force a crossing of the Donets River
against the German 11th Corps in 1944. Not only is German Corps Defends Donets
River replete with cordite and blood, it is also a record with precise descriptions of a very
interesting battle. German Corps Defends Donets River is also a how-to book for the
military enthusiast. Precise descriptions of a bewildering array of innovative German and
Soviet close combat and artillery tactics will keep the reader’s attention. Of course you
cannot literally try the tactics described in German Corps Defends Donets River at
home, but you can relive it with the maps and data provided as you ask yourself: “What
would I do next?”
"The fighting along the Donets River continued. Thwarted in their latest crossing attempts, the Soviet enemy changed
both the scene of action and his method of attack. It was plain that he had fared very badly in his latest attempt otherwise
he would not have abandoned his intention after the second attempt. To change or abandon a plan once it had been
adopted was not characteristic of the Red Army way of thinking and if such a thing was done it always indicated that the
Soviets had suffered a serious defeat.
The sector of the battalion adjacent on the north now became the objective of the enemy’s attacks. The sector was
situated in a group of wooded hills in an area where their elevation varied very greatly and afforded only a very limited
field of view because of dense underbrush.
The eastern edge of the hills situated on the western bank of the river which was from thirty to fifty meter high, provided
the German defenders with good visibility and a chance for effective use of their weapons. However, once the enemy
managed to gain a foothold in the woods, which might be difficult to defend, (woods are usually easy to defend) and it
could be difficult to dislodge the reds. (Only if they had time to consolidate a defense in depth.)"
Excerpt from German Corps Defends Donets River
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