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Eastern Front- the Center and South

German armor strength in AG Center (June 15 1944):

489 operational, with 90 in repair

German armor strength in AG North Ukraine and South Ukraine (June 15 1944):

1,690 operational with 352 in repair.

Of interest is the dominance of the Stug: 1,319 Stugs were operational.

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Unnamed German tank officer's report to the German General Staff on his opinion of why Operation Bagration was so strong:

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1.) Considerable improvement in the deployment of artillery: The enemy
weapons were effectively concentrated to knock-out our artillery and to
strengthen the defence… The leadership was skillful and adept. All
weapons were quickly moved forward.
Counter measures: Rapid repositioning of our artillery, increased usage
of mobile guns and batteries… If an attack is foreseen, all batteries
should be moved to new positions.

2.) The usage of Schlachtflieger [ground-attack aircraft] was effectively
concentrated following combat profiles developed by Allied air forces
combat… During the day our artillery was effectively neutralized, and
any attempt to move reserves was impeded.
Counter measures: All movements by motorized transport should take place
during darkness. Fight with ALL weapons… increase the use of camouflage.

3.) Commitment of enemy tanks: Reduced numbers were used during the
opening phase of the attack. After successfully breaking through our
positions massed tank units were deployed across a broad front.
Counter measures: Deeply stagger our anti-tank gun positions. Establish
alternative anti-tank defences (obstacles, mines, ditches).

4.) Contingency planning: The enemy no longer stops after reaching his
objective, but continues to advance disregarding any threats to his flanks.
Counter measures: Forward-thinking before committing own reserves.
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