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Title
Paradrop at Kanev
Description
The Soviet offensive operations that began at Orel-Kursk in the summer of 1943 continued relentlessly through the end of that pivotal year. A bold use of Red Army paratroopers was planned as part of the attempt to form a bridgehead …
Subject
Publisher
Date
1943-09-25
Scenario#
36
Scenario Description
The Soviet offensive operations that began at Orel-Kursk in the summer of 1943 continued relentlessly through the end of that pivotal year. A bold use of Red Army paratroopers was planned as part of the attempt to form a bridgehead over the Dnieper River. On the night of 25 September 1943, elements of three brigades were dropped around Kanev in the largest Soviet airborne operation of the war to that date. It would also be the last such operation against the Germans. Lack of fuel stranded AT guns and about 30% of the troops on the airfields. Poor weather, poor planning, and errors scattered the Soviet paratroopers over a wide area. Despite a lack of command and communications, small groups bravely fought their way east to link with the advancing Soviet tanks.
Location
Kanev, Russia
Battle Name
Battle Narrative
The Battle of the Dnieper was a military campaign that took place in 1943 on the Eastern Front of World War II. It was one of the largest operations in World War II, involving almost 4,000,000 troops at a time stretched on a 1,400 kilometres (870 mi) long front. During its four-month duration, the eastern bank of the Dnieper was recovered from German forces by five of the Red Army's fronts, which conducted several assault river crossings to establish several lodgements on the western bank. Subsequently, Kiev was liberated in the Battle of Kiev.
Narrative Source
Combatants
German
Russian

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