One more book on the Soviet armor was pre-announced. This time combat history of the 6th Guards Tank Army.
The 6th TA had its combat baptism at Cherkassy (Korsun) in January-February 1944 where it first played an important role in encircling units of German XI and XLII Army Corps’. Then army was on the path of the German III. Panzer Corps relief attacks of Cherkassy Pocket. In March 1944 in adverse weather conditions (rasputitsa) Army crossed South Bug, Dnestr and Prut rivers and in April 1944 was one of the first Soviet units entered Bessarabia (Romania). During April – June 1944 6th Tank Army conducted heavy offensive and defensive battles in the area of Jassi in Northern Romania against armor units of Group Army South Ukraine which included 23. Panzer Division, 24. Panzer Division, 14. Panzer Division, Gross Deutschland Division. Although Army failed to capture Jassi and penetrate Romania it managed to withstand German attempt to destroy it in a strong counteroffensive.
In August 1944 6th TA played a decisive role in the Jassi - Kishinev operation which resulted in the destruction of the 6th German Army, knocking out Romania from the WW2 as an ally of Nazi Germany, capturing Ploesti oil fields, and Bucharest. In September-October 1944 6th Tank Army was engaged in the heavy combats in Transylvania and Hungary including tank battle at Debrecen.
The day by day coverage of events, honest views of the Soviet & German commanders, statistical data from both Russian and German viewpoints, and the 'human element' based on the exciting firsthand recollections of Soviet tank officers all make this study an incredibly valuable source of information. The text is fully supported by specially-commissioned color maps and an extensive selection of photographs, many from private collections.
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