Saturday, 8 December 2018

General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck’s East Africa Campaign

Maneuver Warfare on the Serengeti, is an interesting thesis  by F. Jon Nesselhuf. "General Paul von Lettow-Vorbeck’s East African Campaign was a conventional war of movement. Lettow based his operations on the military principles deduced from his thorough German military education and oversea deployments to China and German South West Africa."

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Marshal Tukhachevsky and the "Deep Battle"

Deep Battle: The Brainchild of Marshal Tukhachevskii
An Analysis of Operational Level Soviet Tank and Mechanized Doctrine, 1935-1945, by Peter J. Vlakancic. "Gluboky boi (Глубокий бой). Those two words vividly describe the doctrinal concept of Marshal of the Soviet Union Mikhail N. Tukhachevsky. In English we would call it 'deep battle.' Although promulgated by the marshal and his students throughout the Red Army in the early 1930s, it was not to survive Stalin's purges. Nor was the marshal. The death of Tukhachevsky, along with hundreds of junior commanders who might have put the doctrine into practice, heralded a period of intellectual stagnation and the disastrous performance of the Red Army in the opening battles of the Great Patriotic War."   

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

Drive to the Dnieper | The Soviet 1943 summer campaign

This study, by Steve Robert Waddell, examines Soviet military operations in the latter half of 1943. The Battle of Kursk and the drive to the Dnieper are good examples of Soviet operational planning and practice. After halting the German assault forces at Kursk with a deliberately defensive posture the Soviet forces launched a series of counterattacks. The initial Soviet operations culminated in the liberation of Orel and Kharkov. The drive to the Dnieper commenced and the German forces were driven behind the river.

Sunday, 2 December 2018

The Defence and Evacuation of the Kuban Bridgehead | Jan-Oct 1943

OKH Situation Map Kuban Bridgehead 04/1043"The operations in the Kuban bridgehead, the subject of this thesis, can certainly be included in the ranks of the forgotten battles. Indeed the entire campaign in the Caucasus during 1942-3 is often viewed as merely a footnote to the Battle of Stalingrad, even though the oilfields were the primary objective of Operation Blue, the Wehrmacht’s 1942 summer offensive, and the forces sent to the Volga were initially intended to act as a screen for the advance to the south. The Kuban bridgehead, which was held by the German Seventeenth Army from January to October 1943, receives
even less attention." By David R. Galbraith