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German Army vs. Soviet Partisans
German Infantry Invade Russia
German 52nd Infantry Division USSR, 1941
101 pages; 7 chapters and 4 appendixes
Imagine being a German general marching a 15,000-man infantry division into
the gloomy landscape of Soviet Russia. As you go over your barely useful
topographic maps, your elite first wave infantry division crosses a river near the
Soviet fortress of Brest Litovsk, as it follows German panzer track prints and the
carnage of battle ever deeper into Soviet Russia. Suddenly, the crackle of small
arms and the boom of artillery are heard. You receive your orders. Your division is
ordered to execute two separate attacks within two hours. Finally, you are in the
war on the Eastern Front. German Infantry Invade Russia is an e-book that
describes the experiences of a German infantry division and the infantry corps it
was subordinate to. It is also an interesting run down of the first four months of the
invasion of Soviet Russia from the standpoint of German foot mobile infantry.
German Infantry Invade Russia also has a surprising revelation that provides
further evidence that the Red Army had two secret plans on the eve of Operation
Barbarossa. The movement and combat maneuver of foot mobile masses of
ground infantry is an interesting military problem. The reader of German
Infantry Invade Russia will get a glimpse of what that is like.
“With a total of 20 divisions, Soviet General Timoshenko carried through this part of the operation that had been
conceived in 1940 and planned in February 1941, six months before the German invasion. Timoshenko’s counter attack
forces thus came in contact with the German 53rd Infantry Corps which had in the meantime arrived in the Dnepr-
Berezina triangle by way of Bobruysk. There developed a bitter 3-week defense action between the corps-comprising
three divisions-and those Soviet forces which had advanced across the Dnepr River near Zhlobin and Rogachev.
During the course of this battle the Soviet cavalry corps indicated on Timoshenko’s map also appeared, and for a while
actually reached its objectives. The German 53rd Infantry Corps was cut off from the rear for about a week.”
Excerpt from German Infantry Invade Russia
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