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German Army Eastern Defenses, WW2
German Army Eastern Defenses
Defending Against the Soviet Blitz
© 2007
164 pages; 8 chapters
Long before the Reds arrived at the gates of Berlin, German Army
soldiers, along with millions of foreign volunteers, fought the
communist hordes from
German Army Eastern Defenses. For
years, those who fought for the
Third Reich slaughtered millions of
attacking Red Army troops as they fought one defensive battle after
another.
German Army Eastern Defenses is an introduction to that
magnificent blood letting. It describes the intrigues, glorious bravery
and treason so prevalent in the
German Army and its traitorous high
command.
German Army Eastern Defenses is also an e-book that
teaches the reader how to fight against advancing communist hordes
and make them pay with mounds of corpses. Follow the armed forces
of the
Third Reich as they fight meter for meter across Russia,
Poland and finally the
Third Reich itself.
Review Table of Contents
“The German Army was on the retreat during most of World War Two, from 1942 through 1945. After 1943, the German
Army’s top generals begin to favor the “trading space for time” gambit and became rapidly obsessed with retrograde
movements. They used all sorts of plausible excuses for that obsession, ranging from “its better to save troops than
localities, “ to “we can win if we have freedom of maneuver.” They never seemed to realize that by the time they
retrograded to Germany, they would be out of space.
The German General Staff and the German officer corps suffered from several dogmatic biases, including an aversion to
any type of passive defense, especially the city-fortress modality. As a result, the German generals favored only
retrograde operations leavened with some limited active defense. In the meantime, the German Army developed a number
of defenses against Red Army breakthroughs of their defensive fronts. However, by 1944, the German Army ran out of
imagination at a faster rate than its resources dissipated. German generals lost their heart and the Red army became
unstoppable.
By 1943, German generals seemed to have forgotten all that they had learned about the strategic and operation effects of
terrain (especially river lines), Centers of Gravity, enemy vulnerabilities including lines of communications and the concept
of decisive points. Their minds were focused only at the tactical levels and every operation, whatever its size, was broken
down into a series of tactical events. German generals relied increasingly upon small scale tactical battling. "...The failure
to appreciate the impact of thinking and planning on ...(a)... larger scale was one of the main reasons for the German
defeat at the hands of the Red Army in the Second World War..."
As years of continuous defeat engulfed every fiber of their being, German generals lost touch with key aspects of military
reality. "...More than one Wehrmacht unit commander has been heard to declare his conviction in the superiority of his
troops over his Soviet opponents, pointing to the fact that he had defeated a Soviet force three to four times larger...whilst
he was winning his tactical victory (however), the entire field army of which he was part, was being engulfed in a
catastrophic operational encirclement on a scale which the German commanders could not grasp..."
When the German generals were given the opportunity to create two strategic reserve groupings on the wings of the
southern theater of war in 1943, their leaders opted instead for the ruinous Operation Citadel and bled the army white at
Kursk. If they had promoted the concept of large strategic and operational reserves, they would have been able to cut to
pieces the Red Army’s broad front strategy by looping off the important advance detachment/mobile group spearheads
and then enveloping the enemy’s operational rear. Sufficient armored mass and shock action would have been available
for large murderous traps of the cunning yet overly aggressive Soviet commanders.”
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