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Red Christmas: The Tatsinskaya Airfield Raid 1942

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In mid-December 1942, the Soviets had surrounded the German 6th Army in Stalingrad but the Wehrmacht was engaged in a desperate relief effort with Operation Winter Storm and an airlift. The Soviet Stavka moved to defeat both these German efforts in order to ensure the rapid destruction of the 6th Army and to maintain strategic momentum. As part of the effort to defeat the ...more
Paperback, 80 pages
Published April 17th 2012 by Osprey Publishing
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Cliff Hare
Jul 03, 2012 Cliff Hare rated it it was amazing
The attack on the Tatsinskaya airfield in late 1942 was one of the first times the Soviet military had a chance to put their pre-war deep operation theories successfully into practice. Other attempts at deep operations before the later battles of Stalingrad had been tried but failed (2nd Battle of Kharkov) or never really got off the ground to begin with (operations along the Don River Summer/Fall 1942).
In his study, Robert Forczyk shows that despite the operation's nominal success, the 1942 Sov
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Robert Forczyk has a PhD in International Relations and National Security from the University of Maryland and a strong background in European and Asian military history.
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