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The Viaz'ma catastrophe, 1941 : the Red Army's disastrous stand against Operation Typhoon

Author: Lev Lopukhovskiĭ; Stuart Britton
Publisher: Solihull : Helion, 2013.
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This book describes one of the most terrible tragedies of the Second World War and the events preceding it. The horrible miscalculations made by the Stavka of the Soviet Supreme High Command and the  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Military history
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lev Lopukhovskiĭ; Stuart Britton
ISBN: 9781908916501 1908916508 9781911096139 1911096133
OCLC Number: 806200932
Notes: Translation of: 1941: Viazemskaia katastrofa. Moscow : Eksmo, 2008.
Description: 542 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents: Machine generated contents note: General Situation on the Soviet-German front by September 1941 --
Soviet operations on the Western strategic direction --
German march on Moscow pauses --
Soviet forces launch a counteroffensive --
Dukhovshchina and El'nia offensives --
Results of the Smolensk battles --
plans of the Nazi command --
relative strength of the opposing sides --
Stavka orders a rigid defense --
defensive fronts organize their defenses --
defensive lines on the approaches to the capital --
creation and composition of the Moscow militia --
General Eremenko neglects his defenses and instead attacks --
Guderian initiates Operation Typhoon --
Von Bock sets his troops in motion --
Luftwaffe disrupts command and control --
Germans seize Dnepr River bridges --
commanders of Briansk Front and Western Front request permission to withdraw --
causes for the collapse of three Soviet Front defenses --
Western Front and Group Boldin are involved in heavy fighting --
German breakthrough to Iukhnov --
Questions surrounding the decision to withdraw --
Western Front retreats to the Rzhev-Viaz'ma line --
ring of encirclement snaps shut --
Germans hunt for 'Timoshenko's headquarters' --
Reserve Front commander goes missing --
Von Bock's further plans --
prepared defensive line along the Dnepr must be abandoned --
General Lukin assumes command of the encircled forces west of Viaz'ma --
retreat from the Dnepr River line --
Attempts to break out of encirclement on 9 and 10 October --
situation of the Red Army forces encircled southwest of Viaz'ma --
Changes in the higher command of the Red Army --
Stavka's dilemma --
situation in the Briansk Front sector --
Briansk Front creates a breach in the encircling German lines --
Western Front's Military Council deliberates: Defend or break out? --
Initial steps to rebuild a strategic front --
Could the Stavka have rescued the forces encircled west of Viaz'ma? --
19th Army prepares to break out of encirclement --
19th Army's breakout attempt on 11 October fails --
decision to break out to the south is reached --
fighting southwest of Viaz'ma --
fighting in the Viaz'ma area winds down --
Von Bock is compelled to suspend the offensive --
Hitler's plan to crush the Soviet forces and seize Moscow is a failure --
Operation Typhoon triggers a panic in Moscow; a state of siege is declared --
Official data on the Soviet losses are sharply understated --
unsuccessful method of calculating losses, or a political order? --
I. Comparative Strength of a Soviet Rifle Division and a German Infantry Division, 1941 --
II. German Unit Organizations --
III. Comparative Strength of a Soviet Tank and German Panzer Division, 1941 --
IV. Operational Strength of the Wehrmacht's Panzer Divisions and Separate Panzer Battalions at the Start of Operation Barbarossa --
V. Irreplaceable Losses of the Wehrmacht in Armor and Anti-Tank Guns on the Eastern Front in 1941 --
VI. Available Tanks in the Third Panzer Group's Panzer Divisions in September 1941 --
VII. Available Tanks in the Panzer Groups of Army Group Center for Operation Typhoon --
VIII. Comparative Technical and Performance Characteristics of Soviet and German Tanks and their Armament --
IX. State Defense Committee Decree "On the Voluntary Mobilization of the Workers of Moscow and Moscow Oblast for the People's Militia Divisions" --
X. Roster and Organization of the People's Militia Divisions of Moscow that had joined the Acting Army by the start of Operation Typhoon --
XI. Hitler's Order of the Day to the German troops on the Eastern Front issued 2 October 1941 --
XII. title page from L.N. Lopukhovsky's book on the history of the 120th Howitzer Artillery Regiment of the Supreme Command Reserve, showing the Frunze Military Academy military censor's approval for publication --
XIII. 32nd Army commander's order for the withdrawal of the 2nd Rifle Division (original) --
XIV. 19th Army commander's operational instruction that countermanded the order from the 32nd Army commander --
XV. 19th Army commander's Combat Order No. 73 from 8 October 1941 to the commander of the 2nd Rifle Division about escaping the encirclement (original) --
XVI. 19th Army commander's Combat Instruction No. 74 from 9 October 1941 about withdrawing the units of the 2nd Rifle Division (original) --
XVII. Combat Order No. 71 --
XVIII. Explanation of the commander of the 166th Rifle Division Major-General M. Ia. Dodonov --
XIX. State Defense Committee Decree on the Evacuation of the Capital City of the USSR Moscow, 15 October 1941 --
XX. State Defense Committee Decree No. 813 from 19 October 1941 about Implementing a State of Siege in Moscow and the Adjacent Areas from 20 October.
Other Titles: 1941.
Responsibility: Lev Lopukhovsky ; translated and edited by Stuart Britton.

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