Thursday, April 16, 2020

Brody 1941.

This is coolbert:

From the Internet web site "War is Boring" the article by ROBERT BECKHUSEN.

"The Biggest Tank Battle in History Wasn’t at Kursk"

"The Battle of Brody in 1941 was bigger, and is largely unknown"

"The battle which developed and then concluded on June 30 [began on 23 June] was a confusing morass that swallowed 2,648 Soviet tanks out of a total force of 5,000 versus some 1,000 German tanks. It’s unclear how many tanks of the 1st Panzer Group were destroyed in the battle, but the force did lose 100 of its tanks during the first two weeks of the war."

Thanks to this You Tube video figures as best determined regarding numbers and types of tanks involved in the battle.


* Brody the largest tank battle considering the absolute number of armored vehicles present.

* Both sides during the battle engaging half of their tank forces as available.

* Almost half [47 %] of the German tanks modern KW III and IV.

* Only about 13 % if the Soviet tanks modern T-34 and KV.

* Remainder of the Soviet force rather obsolete T-26 and BT tanks.

* That preponderance of tanks found on the battlefield in the aftermath of Brody not destroyed by enemy weapons fire. Mechanical breakdown the primary reason for tanks being abandoned and out of action!

* As reputedly said by Stalin: "quantity has a quality all of it's own" not proven true at Brody!

* One of the Soviet Corps commanders Rokossovsky rather than attacking as ordered chose to hold ground and executed a tank ambush. Rokossovsky as rated one of the Top Ten most underrated military commanders of all time!



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