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Soviet Tank Tactics, Eastern Front
Red Army Tank Combat: 1943-45
324 pages; 26 chapters and 2 special reports
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Eastern Front describes Soviet tactical level tank combat on the Eastern
Front in World War 2. As the reader absorbs the many interesting tales of Soviet
tank combat at lower command levels, he will soon realize that Soviet Tank
Tactics, Eastern Front is the only book on this topic published in America. In the
future, Soviet Tank Tactics, Eastern Front will undoubtedly become a collectors'
item and a historical resource.
“The employment of massed tanks brought about a revolutionary change in Soviet tactics in 1944. After a drum fire of
artillery, a large number of tanks led off the attack, followed by the infantry in deep wedges. While the artillery gave good
support at first, communications with it frequently broke off during a further advance.
To the very end of the war it was difficult for the Soviets to coordinate fire and movement. The penetrations were deep,
and invariably in a straight line. Then a halt was called in order to bring up the greatest possible number of infantry during
the night. These masses of infantry dug in as soon as they reached the points of the attack. The assault wedges closed
up in echelons behind the tanks.
Since German counterattacks were usually launched when the enemy infantry was separated from its tanks, the Soviets
began in 1945 to make deep thrusts with infantry riding on tanks. These thrusts often went so deep that contact with the
main forces was lost. The Soviets were able to take the risk because the German front of 1945 no longer had adequate
reserves available to destroy the far advanced, strong enemy forces feasting on its entrails.”
Excerpt from Soviet Tank Tactics, Eastern Front
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