After Action Report: War in the East - Case Blue Finale
And now for the conclusion to Gary Grigsby's War in the East by Stuart Hunt. Will he be able to stave off the German attack?
week, along the upper Don and before
South the situation was far more ominous. FM von Sabre had exploited his excellent air reconnaissance, and had
detected, then probed, then breached the weakest point of our defence along the
entire Don. Audaciously, he switched
his entire axis of attack South, sweeping the thin screen of defenders along
The Don is breached.
sketch of the strategic position shows just how serious the situation has
become at this point. The drive over
the Don immediately threatened the whole
The strategic position.
It will be useful to compare casualties, as far as they can be estimated, at this stage in the campaign. The final column shows the totals. The number of prisoners is clearly unsustainable even for the Red Army.
A final reckoning by STAVKA Staff Officers of overall numbers remaining in the field is also informative:
Order of battle.