Battle of Belgorod
Contributor: C. Peter Chen
ww2dbaseOn 23 Jul 1943, following the victory at Kursk, Russia, the Soviet forces launched Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev, the first phase of which, named the Belgorod-Bogodukhov Offensive Operation, aimed at capturing the city of Belgorod. On 3 Aug, troops of Soviet Voronezh Front and Steppe Front crossed the Vorskla River and penetrated German lines manned by the 332nd Infantry Division, the 167th Infantry Division, and the 19th panzer Division near Belgorod, Russia. Two days later, the 60,000 German troops and 250 tanks in the city evacuated to prevent envelopment. In the week of fierce fighting that followed, the Soviets enjoyed a tremendous numerical advantage with over 400,000 men and 1,800 tanks. When the Germans broke out of the area, they had lost about 20,000 killed; the Soviets suffered 50,000 killed and 800 tanks destroyed in this costly victory.
Last Major Update: Apr 2012
Battle of Belgorod Timeline
|23 Jul 1943Â||Soviet forces launched the Belgorod-Bogodukhov Offensive Operation toward Belgorod, Russia.|
|3 Aug 1943Â||Troops of Soviet Voronezh Front and Steppe Front crossed the Vorskla River and penetrated German lines near Belgorod, Russia.|
|5 Aug 1943Â||Soviet troops nearly the German garrison at Belgorod, Russia; German troops began evacuating the city after sundown.|
|6 Aug 1943Â||Soviet troops engaged the German 4th Panzerarmee headquarters unit at Bogodukhov, Russia.|
|7 Aug 1943Â||Soviet troops reached the area northeast of Poltava and Akhtyrka, Russia.|
|14 Aug 1943Â||The German troops at Belgorod, Russia broke out of the region after suffering 20,000 killed.|
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