I became Stalin chapter 8
It has already been a month since the German offensive began with Operation Barbarossa. Summer was still at its peak, and it seemed that eons of time remained until Rasputicha and winter.
The good news, however, is that the brunt of Army Group 3 is gradually being shattered by defenses in Pskov, Smolensk, Zytomir and Kishinev. Also, according to a report from the 1st Guards Cavalry Army commanded by the subordinate, it succeeded in stirring up the supply line of the Central Group Army once.
“Comrade General! Our cavalry is now ready to go out to save our allies defending Minsk!”
“Um… good. I have received the report of the enemy’s victory. Please come back with another victory.”
“Yes! Comrade Secretary General!”
The voice of wealth coming from the other side of the phone box sounded like a boiled pot. So that I can’t even remember him who had been blurry all this time. When I suddenly saw Borosilov smiling and smirking next to me, he scratched the back of the head.
“Shouldn’t we somehow congratulate the enemy for his heroic struggle?”
Yes, winning is good. Fewer Soviets bleed and were one step closer to ending the war. But Stalin inside me looked at the situation from a slightly different point of view.
He was a person who actually organized a cavalry force from the time of the Red and White Civil War. To the extent that ‘Marshal’s Hymn’ was used like an unofficial military song of the cavalry. And the Politburo extremely hated the enlistment and factionization of the military. Stalin inside me was also whispering with concern. What if he wants to become Napoleon?
That voice, as if hearing an auditory hallucination, whispered to me endlessly in the meeting where I heard the report and the discussion.
You are trying to save the wealthy Minsk in order to make yourself heroic. Liberator who rescued allied forces isolated in Minsk and liberated the city, Hero of the Cavalry and Marshal of the Soviet Union Semyun Bu??
“Isn’t it possible to air transport at night in order to keep the troops isolated in Minsk?”
“It is. If we set up a simple airfield near the railway station in the wetlands and focus on supplying in the dark… we will be able to maintain it until the airfield is attacked.”
Look at it. You’re coveting your wealth and your own glory! The true judgment is… Panzer Group. You want to break the tip of the spear of Army Group South, but you’re going to throw cavalry into the city?
Is the whispering ‘Stalin in me’ doing it? Or was it my doubts? I never thought of myself as a suspicious person. However, as I found myself suspicious of someone for a while, I started to doubt even him.
Of course, strategically, the decision to aim at the rear of the 1st Panzer Group seemed correct. German commander Kleist’s 1st Panzer Group was pressing the front of Zitomir and Kiev, and if they left, they could go south instead of east and press the Allied Southern Front from three sides, encircling and destroying them.
If there is no way to check this, it is a secondary guard cavalry force that can stab the elongated left flank of the 1st Panzer Group and cut off the supply rail network of the German army from Lovno. This Guards Guard is captured or consumed in Minsk. What if it no longer functions as a strategic variable? If you say that it was also because of personal resonance, that is a sense of purge. It could be said that it was a felony for the commander to uselessly exhaust his troops for personal gain, not for a cause.
He was obviously an outstanding cavalry commander. However, the era is not the age of cavalry, and although he may be excellent at conducting mobile warfare on a plain with very few people for its area, he breaks through the defenses built by German officers who have been trained in hellish trench warfare..?
I couldn’t expect him to have that kind of ability. No, it wasn’t a wealth problem, it was a problem with the cavalry class. He lacked vehicles, heavy artillery, and air support, and had all three non-German supply units.
Of course, I knew to some extent that it was okay with my head.
Even when I consulted with Zhukov, Zhukov didn’t appreciate the wealth judgment – going to the rescue of Minsk – so harshly.
“Since the Southern District is supported by most of the Strategic Reserve, it will not collapse as easily as Comrade General General feared, even in the face of a German offensive. What worries me now is Smolensk. As the General Staff has already discussed, the Fascists The 2nd and 3rd Panzer Groups are preparing for a general offensive to cross the Dnieper and have detected signs of concentrating Doha engineers and equipment there.”
Ummm… that’s right. After all, the German military’s strategic goal for 41 years was still Zezena Moscow. And, unless Smolensk, the gateway to Moscow, has not yet been opened, it seems likely that more efforts will be made to attack Smolensk.
“If you cross the Dnieper in the central direction, you will not have enough room to launch an offensive in the south. Not as much as the Dnieper, but the Hana Dne’Stre’ is also a wide river, and although there are few features in the south, many rivers flow through this land The Southern Front Command has already investigated and has information on bridges capable of maneuvering armored troops and troops, and through the local Party organization and civil support units, they have prepared to blow up the bridge to prevent the advance of the enemy forces.”
After all, seeing Zhukov making this affirmation made me credible. It’s not like you can print a lot of Doha equipment so easily, and if it goes to the central part, the southern defense line is still bearable.
The 9th Army, the largest single field force, ironically occupied and fortified the border with Romania. Along the mountainous hills, the 9th Army, which was assigned a few mountain divisions to the Soviet Army, was fighting along the Dnestre River, a large river near the border. Zhukov assured in a confident tone.
“Comrade General! No need to worry!”
Hey, General Zhukov! I only trust you, General! Loyalty Loyalty
Even Zhukov in ‘Stalin in Me’ didn’t say much whether he thought it was credible. Maybe even that is what I came up with… but who would you trust if you didn’t believe in the best ace in the Soviet Union who effectively led the war against toxins? Borosilov laughing hehehe next to me and making fun of him?
Anyway, the choice of beating Minsk didn’t seem too bad. Ah, this fluttering heart of a man…
Minsk was a supply base for Smolensk. And Smolensk was the base for going to Moscow. Even during the Fatherland War, that is, Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, Napoleon burned Smolensk to such an old and important city. After breaking through Smolensk, Rzhev is the last base on the way to Moscow. It was Recep who was famous for the model’s maneuver defense and ‘meat grinder’.
If the defenses of Smolensk are not cleared, the armored forces that must advance into Moscow become huge overhangs that depend on a single rail network. Of course, if you have this city, it will serve as a supply window for the next city. I had to defend the city to keep it from happening!
The advancing German forces needed supplies to capture Moscow. The most efficient means of supply was the railroad, so cutting off the railroad network could reduce the supply of front-line units. Bu??祗缺?The original strategy was also like that.
What if Minsk is kept in check, or if the Minsk railway network is not available for a long time? You can snatch German supply ships.
At least two field armies attacking Smolensk would have to rely on a single rail line that loops back over the mountains and across the river. If you drag each other’s time like that, the season of rasputicha and mud will come, and supply will become more difficult and the Soviet army will become stronger.
“Charge the riflemen!”
There was a rotation in which large-scale troops were constantly fighting on all fronts, but it could be said that the hottest place in the battle was the central front. Soldiers and strategists on both sides of the Toxin did not hesitate to choose the central region as the most important battlefield.
“First, it is easier for Army Group Center to cross the Dnieper River.”
Yes. Group Central Group had two armored groups that could be called spear-tip units. Quantitatively, roughly half of the German armored forces. And as it got closer to the upstream side of the Dnieper, the width of the river was also narrow, making Doha easy.
Also, the gains from breaking through the middle were greater. As history proves.
“If the Dnieper is crossed and Smolensk is captured, the German army has several options.”
“Now, for now…”
Vasilebsky was briefing the situation with a map open in front of the Politburo. As issues such as production and resource distribution were decided by the Politburo and the Staff, the strategic decision had to come all the way up to this point.
“Vitebsk, the right wing of Smolensk, has already been captured, and adding Smolensk to this will open a path for the fascist army to advance into Moscow. The fascists will advance towards Moscow like this…”
A few black scabs were attached to the blackboard. Smolensk, then Villazma. and rzef.
“In this way, Army Group Center can threaten the target Moscow. Or, they can recruit some armored forces and go north…”
Velikie Ryuki was also a city that could be called a railway base. The characteristic of this city is that it was in charge of the supply chain leading to Pskov, the gateway to northern Leningrad.
“If Velikie Ryuki is occupied, there may be no meaning in blocking Pskov. Of course, Army Group North is just a tribute to Army Group Center, and the North should open up an advance route in the middle…”
“That sounds right.”
Yes. In fact, in actual history, Pskov should have already broken through and a siege was going on in Leningrad, but Army Group North had to be far away from its strategic goal, Leningrad. It seemed unlikely that Army Group Central would waste every minute of precious time and go to Leningrad.
“The rest of the options are in the south. Using the bridgehead on the Dnieper River, we can press the Western Front and the Bryansk Front in the front, and finally go south to surround the allies holding on to Zhitomir-Kiev.”
Vasilebsky’s baton drew a long arc. Yes, that’s exactly what happened in real history.
Smolensk was broken through without a hitch, and Hitler suppressed the Wehrmacht and ordered Guderian’s 2nd Panzer Group southward by the Führer’s order. Regarding this, the claim that it was a defeat that delayed the occupation of Moscow and the claim that it caused a great blow to the Soviet army were mixed, but at least the latter was correct.
The troops led by Guderian, the master of the armored warfare, quickly moved south and surrounded and annihilated the Soviet forces holding out in Kiev. Since then, the siege of Kiev was the largest in history – 600,000 men! – The Soviet army suffered so much damage that it remained a besieged battle. Stalin’s order to shoot and Hitler’s order to advance were exquisitely intertwined.
I did not want to repeat Stalin’s mistakes. So, he gave the generals the autonomy of strategic retreat, and tried not to interfere in the operation as much as possible.
“Is it possible?”
“Yes! Comrade Secretary General!”
When I asked a question, Pavlov bowed his head. He was well aware that the Politburo and ‘I’ had already looked at it. He would have been executed in actual history due to the devastating defeat at the beginning of the war, but he was still serving as the commander of the front forces.
Of course, having seen Kulik’s execution, he would know that his own life would be in danger if he lost again. The Western Front was also fighting desperately at his orders. For once, you can only believe it.
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I became Stalin chapter 8