By COL David M. Glantz
In his vintage paintings, On conflict, Carl von Clausewitz wrote, "As we will exhibit, safeguard is an improved type of scuffling with than attack."1 A new release of 19th century officials, nurtured at the learn of the reports of Napoleon and conditioned via the wars of German unification, had little cause to just accept that view. The offensive spirit swept via ecu armies and manifested itself within the rules, plans, and mentality of these armies. It additionally blinded all yet a couple of perceptive observers to the carnage of the yankee Civil warfare, the Boer battle, and the Russo-Japanese warfare, all of which urged that Clausewitz' dictum was once probably right. The disaster of global warfare I vindicated Clausewitz and grotesquely mocked those that positioned such excessive hopes within the software of the offensive.
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L Nap 18. CSI/5139A/2046A Situation, 7 July 1943. -55-- exploding minefields, laid overnight by sappers, accounted for twenty-two For four hours, the assaults continued as the disabled German tanks. 1019th Rifle Regiment repelled four separate German attempts to smash through their positions. By mid-morning the German 86th Infantry Division and the 78th Assault Division joined the fray, and heavy combat churned from Ponyri Station to Pervaya Maya, slowly grinding down the strength of the 307th Rifle At 1130, German tanks and infantry finally Division's first echelon.
At 1800, a fresh German attack retook the water-supply point, but again Soviet counterattacks, covered by fire from the 567th and 1180th Tank Destroyer Regiments, halted the German advance. After nightfall, the seesaw battle continued as the 1019th Rifle Regiment's battalions again seized the water-supply point, On the night of 8-9 July, General Pukhov sent further reinforcements to assist the 307th Rifle Divisions (see map 20). The 18th Guards Rifle Corps' 3d Guards Rifle Division moved toward the sound of the guns to alleviate a situation that had deteriorated as dawn broke on 9 July.
Kartashev's 47th Rifle Regiment's positions defending Yasnaya Polyana. The heavy bombardment had knocked out two-thirds This "seriously weakened the of Kartashev's gun and antitank positions. q’36 At 0830, sixty German tanks and infantry struck the 47th Rifle Regiment's left flank battalion, whose communications had already been knocked out by the With its command and control paralyzed, the battalion artillery barrage. melted away, thus exposing the left flank of the 15th Rifle Division. The adjacent battalion held its positions until German armor swept into its rear and encircled it.