On January 8, 1942, the battle of Rzhev began. We are talking about a series of offensive operations of the Red Army in the position of the Wehrmacht forces on the so-called Rzhev-Vyazemsky ledge. These are exhausting battles, the victory in which ultimately was achieved by the Red Army under the command of G.K. Zhukov, I.S. Konev, M.A. Purkayev and other prominent Soviet commanders.
At the time of the beginning of the Battle of Rzhev, the total forces of the parties were estimated at about 2,5 million people, of which 1,1 million were the German army and its allies.
In the letters of the German soldiers, which they wrote in 1942 from under Rzhev, battles were described as the most terrible thing they had to deal with. Moreover, it is precisely the “winter” battles for Rzhev that began, as already noted, in January 1942, are described as the most cruel.
On the Tactic Media channel under the “LitObzor” heading, Artyom Drabkin interviewed Alexei Volkov, a researcher at the Battle of Rzhev. This is one of the largest specialists in this field in our country. At the same time, the military historian begins consideration of the events near Rzhev in the period from August to September 1942. These are quite successful battles for the Red Army, as an expert in the field of military analyzes them stories.
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