Photographs from our reconstruction of a command post of the 1118th Rifle Regiment, involved in the Soviet offensive at the 2nd Battle of Kharkov, Ukraine in May 1942.
The counter-offensive around Kharkov in the previous winter had created a 50-mile wide Soviet bulge into the front line around Izyum, giving the opportunity to launch flanking attacks into German held territory.
In an attempt to capitalise on this situation, the Soviets began planning a pincer attack towards Kharkov to encircle elements of the German 6th Army commencing on 12th May 1942.
Unknown to the Soviet command was that, since April, as part of Case Blue the Germans had been amassing forces for their own attack to encircle and destroy the Soviet forces in the Izyum bulge, scheduled to begin just 6 days later on 18th May.
This oversight, weather, poor planning and command doomed the Soviet operation, resulting in a castastrophic defeat after 16 days, leading the surviving 100,000 Red Army men into captivity while paving the way to the Caucasus and Stalingrad.
Thank you to @camerasatwar for your great photos.
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