Tank Leader: Eastern Front

Tank Leader: Eastern Front

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The Thin Red Line
In some areas the front was no more than a series of widely separated strongpoints patrolled by mobile forces. Often in these sectors, small forces would cross into enemy lines …

Summer of '42
The winter of 1941/42 had been a productive one for the Soviet Army. Stavka, the Soviet high command, was convinced that the tide of war had turned and that large scale attacks could be launched across the whole front. This …

A Midsummer Day's Dream
In the summer of 1943 Hitler launched what was to be his last gasp in the east. Citadel, as the Germans called it, was designed to collapse the Kursk salient at its base and pocket the Soviet Central Front. The …

Counterattack on the Chir
The winter of 1942-43 saw mobile battles erupt on the Chir River as the 11th Panzer Division struggled to contain the Soviet offensive following the defeat at Stalingrad. Time and time again the superior training and communications of the 11th …

Bridgehead on the Astrika
For five days the soldiers of 73rd Rifle Regiment had struggled to establish a bridgehead over the Astrika at Kratschew. Kampgrumppe Sturm had repulsed each attempt in short order. On the sixth day, however, an emergency compelled German high command…

Tolochino: The T-34
On June 22, 1941, German forces invaded Russia. Conñdent in the Superiority of their technology and training, the Germans believed they could defeat the Red Army in 6 months. However, when the 18th Panzer encountered Soviet T-34/76 tanks outside…

On January 17th, 1945 the Soviet Belorussian and Ukranian Fronts launched yet another winter offensive. Within three weeks 35 German divisions ceased to exist and Russian spearheads had driven deep into Germany. By February 1, T-34s had advanced from…

Liberating Rostov
As the German 6th Army, trapped in Stalingrad, approached capitulation, the Soviets attempted to exploit their success against the 3rd Rumanian Army by driving on Rostov in a bid to cut-off communications between 4th Panzer Army and Army Group A …

The Border
Because of surprise and lack of organization, Soviet forces on the frontier at the onset of Barbarossa were quickly brushed aside by German armored columns. Only a few formations gave more than token resistance. The Germans, increasingly…

On the Road to Moscow
Guderian's panzers defeated the Soviet armies near Kiev and were driving ever deeper into Soviet Russia. Threatened by advanced German elements, and desperate, the commander of the Soviet 6th Tank Brigade in Odrino recalled his battalions to defend…

The Belikowo Pocket
Units of the 6th Tank Brigade were caught off-guard by the speed of the German advance. They found themselves pocketed in the vicinity of Belikowo. An attempt to breakout to …

Battle for the Berlin-Seelow Highway
In the late spring of 1945 the Soviet armies reached the Oder River and readied for the assault on Berlin. An ideal location to stage the final offensive was at Kuestrin. The Berlin-Seelow highway provides an excellent corridor of advance …

The Elbe River Blues
As Germany neared collapse a few elite formations continued to deliver punitive blows against the Red Army while the bulk of German forces fell back in disarray. The Soviets, often …

Steppe Patrol
The 120th Panzezgrenadier Division was ordered to provide flank security for the 4th Panzer Army in the Kharkov Area. The 1st Recon Battalion made a reconnaissance in force east of …

In the early morning hours of July 7th, 1943, units of the 2nd SS Panzer Division Das Reich and the Soviet 5th Guards Tank Army became intermingled in darkness and dense fog. As the sun rose and the fog began …
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