Battle of Belgorod

3 Aug 1943 - 14 Aug 1943

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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.

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Battle of Belgorod Timeline

23 Jul 1943 Soviet forces launched the Belgorod-Bogodukhov Offensive Operation toward Belgorod, Russia.
3 Aug 1943 Troops of Soviet Voronezh Front and Steppe Front crossed the Vorskla River and penetrated German lines near Belgorod, Russia.
5 Aug 1943 Soviet troops nearly the German garrison at Belgorod, Russia; German troops began evacuating the city after sundown.
6 Aug 1943 Soviet troops engaged the German 4th Panzerarmee headquarters unit at Bogodukhov, Russia.
7 Aug 1943 Soviet troops reached the area northeast of Poltava and Akhtyrka, Russia.
14 Aug 1943 The German troops at Belgorod, Russia broke out of the region after suffering 20,000 killed.

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Soviet Army engineers building a bridge across the Seversky Donets River, Belgorod, Russia, Aug 1943




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Participants:
» Konev, Ivan
» Manstein, Erich
» Rotmistrov, Pavel
» Vatutin, Nikolai

Location:
» Russia

Related Book:
» Atlas of the Eastern Front 1941-45

Battle of Belgorod Photo Gallery
Soviet Army engineers building a bridge across the Seversky Donets River, Belgorod, Russia, Aug 1943




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