By Steven J. Zaloga
Osprey's evaluation of the main calamitous defeat of the German military in global battle II (1939-1945). On 22 June 1944, 3 years to the day after Germany's 1941 invasion of the Soviet Union, the crimson military introduced a major offensive in Byelorussia. Codenamed 'Operation Bagration', this crusade climaxed 5 weeks later with the purple military on the gates of Warsaw. The Wehrmacht's military workforce Centre used to be routed, a complete of 17 Wehrmacht divisions have been totally destroyed, and over 50 different German divisions have been shattered.
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The larrer were distributed across the following regiments and airfields - 16th lAP, with eight 1-16s at Luberrsy; 34th lAP, with 30 1-16s at Vnukovo; 27th lAP, with 31 1-16s at Klin; 176th I P, with 15 1-16s at Stepykhino; 233rd lAP, with 18 1-16s at Tushino; and 2nd OIAE, with four 1-16s at Ramenskoe. By 15 August German bombers had made 18 night raids on Moscow, but they had failed ro do any tangible damage ro the oviet capital thanks ro the efforts of the air defence forces. During these tense days and nights Soviet pilots continued ro make ram attacks, including 177th lAP pilot Snr Lt Vikror Talalikhin.
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