Stalin revenge -- Operation Bagration, the 1944 Soviet summer offensive pressing westward into Europe
The personnel and equipment of the Mühlenkamp Combat Team (Kampfgruppe Mühlenkamp) of the 5th Panzer Division of the SS Viking (WSS) during the fighting in the Vilanovo village, eastern Poland, during attempts to deter the Red Army’s advance in Operation Bagration. The personnel are moved in Sd.Kfz armored personnel carriers. 251. In the frame of the tank “Panther” Pz.Kpfw. V. Ausf. A with tactical number 533. Category: Panther, German ground troops, Poland 1944
Operation Bagration – the Soviet destruction of German Army Group Centre – was, arguably, the single most successful military action of the entire war. This vital Soviet offensive was launched just after Allied troops had landed in Normandy, and it is symptomatic of the lack of public knowledge about the war in the East that whilst almost everyone has heard of D-Day, few people other than historians know much about Operation Bagration. Yet the sheer size of Bagration dwarfs that of D-day.