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How the Nazis turned Velikiye Luki into a real fortress: the onslaught of the Red Army


There are battles of the Great Patriotic War, which almost everyone knows about: Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, crossing the Dnieper. And there is in stories WWII battles, which are well known, perhaps, to specialists.

Many textbooks describe how the enemy fortified the right bank of the Dnieper during the onslaught of the Red Army. And there is not much information about how the Nazis turned Velikiye Luki into a real fortress, which our soldiers were to liberate in 1943.

The Velikiye Luki offensive operation began virtually at the same time as Operation Uranus. The counteroffensive at Stalingrad - November 19, 1942, the offensive in the Velikie Luki direction - November 25, 1942. In fact, it was about the offensive of the Red Army on a huge front - from the Stalingrad steppes to the North-West.

At the start of the battle, Soviet troops outnumbered the enemy. However, the Nazis were able to create real fortified areas, the capture of which was given in truth at a huge price.

Historian Aleksey Isaev tells about the operation to liberate Velikiye Luki, describing in detail how the Nazis created a real fortress on the path of the Red Army. Alexey Isaev's narration is presented on the TacticMedia channel.

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  1. Alien From
    Alien From 23 July 2020 20: 26
    Eh, it's a pity that the video, not the article ...
  2. Old Horseradish
    Old Horseradish 23 July 2020 20: 38
    This Isaev scribbles books like a machine gun. This rate of fire, to put it mildly, is alarming. Smells of conjuncture.
    1. Cartalon
      Cartalon 23 July 2020 20: 56
      And on the case you can say something or not read, but I condemn?
      1. Old Horseradish
        Old Horseradish 23 July 2020 22: 19
        And on the case has already said holding his nose to the wind. Newzampolite interpretations and half-truths where profitable.
        1. Lexus
          Lexus 24 July 2020 01: 05
          The Potins are now doing this, not only with Velikie Luki, that it becomes creepy.
        2. Cartalon
          Cartalon 24 July 2020 06: 15
          Means not what
    2. Deniska999
      Deniska999 23 July 2020 21: 29
      If I am not mistaken, there are mostly reprints with additions coming out, nothing fundamentally new.
    3. Igoresha
      Igoresha 23 July 2020 22: 43
      so I suspected Starikov -and books and programs and articles in internet newspapers and media comments, as if 100 people plow