Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Jul

16

1943

Hitler calls off the ‘Operation Citadel’ offensive

German Grenadiers on Sturmgeschütz assault gun.

As a matter of fact not even this could be accomplished, for only a few days later the Army Group was ordered to hand over several armoured divisions to Central Army Group. The assault groups of both formations had to be withdrawn to their original start-lines. And so the last German offensive in the east ended in a fiasco, even though the enemy opposite the two attacking armies of Southern Army Group had suffered four times their losses in prisoners, dead and wounded.