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World War 2 – 1943 , Lower Dnieper Offensive

World War 2 – 1943 , Lower Dnieper Offensive


Location: Dnieper river, USSR
Result: Decisive Soviet Victory

The Lower Dnieper Offensive was one of the largest WW2 operations, involving almost 4,000,000 troops on both sides and stretching on a 1400 kms long front.

It was another defeat for the Wehrmacht that required it to restabilize the front further West. The Red Army, which Hitler hoped to contain at the Dnieper, forced the Wehrmacht’s defenses. Kiev was recaptured and German troops lacked forces to annihilate Soviet troops on Lower Dnieper bridgeheads.

One of the costliest operations of the war, the casualties are estimated at being from 1,700,000 to 2,700,000 on both sides. The operation consisted of several smaller operational phases: Melitopol Offensive, Zaporozhye Offensive, Pyatikhatki Offensive, Znamenka Offensive and Dnepropetrovsk Offensive. Additionally, the Battle of Dnieper demonstrated the strength of the Soviet partisan movement.


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