April 18, 2015

Death & Destruction in the Babruysk pocket

On June 22, 1944 the Red Army launched Operation “Bagration”, which led to the destruction of the German Army Group Centre. The Babruysk Offensive took place at the early stages of Operation “Bagration” and resulted to the encirclement of XXXV Armeekorps and XXXXI Panzerkorps in a pocket east of Bobruysk. When the battle ended 50,000 German soldiers were dead and 20,000 were taken prisoners.


1. A Soviet soldier inspecting two destroyed Panzer IVs, of the 20th Panzer-Division,
in the Babruysk pocket on June 28, 1944.


First stage of the Babruysk offensive
2. First stage of the Babruysk Offensive, June 24-27.

Final stage of the Babruysk offensive
3. Final stage of the Babruysk Offensive, June 27 – July 1.

The Babruysk offensive seen in the context of Operation “Bagration”
4. The Babruysk Offensive seen in the context of Operation “Bagration”.

A T-34/85 in Babruysk downtown
5. A T-34/85 in Babruysk downtown. Babruysk has a population of 200,000+ 
and is located on the Berezina river.


Photos attribution
1. Wikimedia Commons
2., 3., 4. Kl833x9, GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons
5. Paju, CC BY-SA 3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons