This is the first study on the combat history of any Russian/Soviet unit available in English language known to the author. The 2 nd GTA was not an ordinary formation but by 1945 became an elite tank guards army which played a decisive role in the Soviet offensive operations of 1945 and whose tanks first entered Berlin streets in April 1945. The Army commander, Colonel-General Semen Bogdanov shortly after the war became a Marshal of Armor troops and was promoted to the position of Chief Commander of all armor and tank units of the USSR and remained in this position till 1953. This book is based on the rarely available operational documents of the Army from the Central Archive of the Russian Defense Ministry and provides an analysis of every battle 2 nd Tank Army fought in WW2. This includes Citadel North, Sevsk, Cherkassy, Tyrgul-Frumos & Jasy, Warsaw, Vistula-Oder, Pomerania (including Sonnenwende) and Berlin. What differentiates this book is that it was created in cooperation with the senior army general (Anatoly Shvebig) who was an active participant of all army engagements. Another unique point is that combat operations are covered from both sides in such scope and scale that was never done so far. The day by day coverage of events, real view of Army Command, full statistical data which includes strength, movements, casualties for each operation from Russian and German sides, original maps and human element based on the exciting first-hand reminiscenes of the Soviet tank officers. All these points makes this title a valuable source of information of tank battles fought on the Eastern Front 1943-1945. According to Major-General Anatloly Svebig, deputy 12 th Guards Tank Corps commander of the 2 nd GTA this is the best study on any Soviet unit he has ever seen in his long life. For those interested in serious study of the tank battles on the Eastern front. 800 pages, 50 maps and about 500 original photographs including rare ones from private Russian collections.
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