OPERATION FRIDERICUS: The Soviet Offensive and German Counteroffensive at the Iyzum Bulge, May 1942. Another unknown book, written by William Russ.

The Second Battle of Kharkov or Operation Fredericus was an Axis counter-offensive in the region around Kharkov (now Kharkiv) against the Red Army Izium bridgehead offensive conducted 12–28 May 1942, on the Eastern Front during World War II. Its objective was to eliminate the Izium bridgehead over Seversky Donets or the “Barvenkovo bulge” (Russian: Барвенковский выступ) which was one of the Soviet offensive’s staging areas. After a winter counter-offensive that drove German troops away from Moscow but depleted the Red Army’s reserves, the Kharkov offensive was a new Soviet attempt to expand upon their strategic initiative, although it failed to secure a significant element of surprise.

Cover image is an original Wehrmacht propaganda image, taken in the summer of 1942.

Original cover can be found here.


What if scenario.


Winter of 1943

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