Red Christmas: The Tatsinskaya Airfield Raid 1942

By Robert Forczyk

In mid-December 1942, the Soviets had surrounded the German sixth military in Stalingrad however the Wehrmacht used to be engaged in a determined aid attempt with Operation wintry weather typhoon and an airlift. The Soviet Stavka moved to defeat either those German efforts to be able to make sure the fast destruction of the sixth military and to take care of strategic momentum. As a part of the hassle to defeat the airlift, the Soviet Stavka made up our minds to release a deep raid with the full twenty fourth Tank Corps to grab the airfield at Tatsinskaya, the first working base for the German airlift.

On 17 December 1942, the twenty fourth Tank Corps complex towards Tatsinskaya and seized the airfield on Christmas Eve. The Soviet tankers controlled to damage many Luftwaffe plane at the floor, yet afterwards came upon themselves remoted and out of gas at the back of German strains. Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein quickly equipped a counterattack with components of 2 panzer divisions, crushing many of the raiding strength among 26-28 December. ahead of the raiding strength used to be annihilated, they obtained permission to desert their heavy gear and get away again to Soviet traces taking walks. therefore, the raiders complete their undertaking of critically disrupting the airlift to Stalingrad, yet on the price of decimating a complete tank corps.

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Infanterie-Division, Kriegstagbuch, November–December 1942, T315 Secondary assets Badanov, Vasily M. , Glubokii tankovyi reid [Deep Tank Raid] in A. M. Samsonov (ed. ) Stalingradskaya epopeya, Moscow, Nauka Publishers (1968), pp. 625–40 Bekker, Cajus, The Luftwaffe struggle Diaries, big apple, Ballantine Books (1966) Bergström, Christer, Stalingrad: The Air conflict 1942 via January 1943, Hersham, Ian Allan Publishing (2007) Glantz, David M. , From the Don to the Dnepr, London, Frank Cass Publishers (1991) Glantz, David M. , Soviet Operational paintings for the reason that 1936 Kurowski, Franz, Luftbrücke Stalingrad. Die Tragödie der Luftwaffe und der 6. Armee Vasil’ev, H. I. , Tatsinskii reid [The Tatsinskaya Raid], Moscow, Voenizdat (1969) Zhukov, Georgy ok. , The Memoirs of Marshal Zhukov, London, Jonathan Cape (1971) seventy nine © Osprey Publishing • www. ospreypublishing. com INDEX A-20B/C gentle bombers 14, 15 airplane (German) see additionally Luftwaffe He-111 bomber plane 25, forty nine, fifty six Ju-52 shipping plane 6, 7, 14, sixteen, 35, 36, 38, forty two, forty three, 46–47, forty nine, sixty eight Ju-86 delivery plane 36, forty six Ju-87 Stuka dive-bombers 31, forty nine, fifty six Ju-88 bombers 36, forty seven airplane (Russian) see additionally Soviet Air strength (VVS) A-20B/C gentle bombers 14, 15 Li-2 delivery plane sixty four Po-2 liaison airplane sixty one, sixty two anti-aircraft weapons 26 anti-tank mines 31, 36 artillery 26, 50 Badanov, Major-General Vasily M. five, eight, seventy eight research of the raid seventy one, 72–73 the process march (16–23 December) 24, 25, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32 the assault (24 December) 36–37, forty eight exfiltration (28 December) 63–69 the German response (24 December) 51–52, fifty four final stand (25–27 December) 54–56, fifty five, 57–63, 60 the plan 18, 20, 21 Balck, common Hermann 52–53, fifty six, fifty nine, 60, 61–62, 70, seventy two BM-13 rocket launchers 26, 28, 37, fifty two BT-7M tanks 10, 10 Burdeinyi, Colonel Aleksei S. 18–19, 20 Burgsdorf, Oberstleutnant Kurt von 29, 31, forty six Chertkovo 25–26 communications 26, 29, forty eight, fifty five Daniltschenko, Lieutenant Aleksei I. fifty four Deep conflict idea 9–10, eleven Deep Operations (glubokaya operatsiya) eleven, 12, thirteen, 15, sixteen, 17, 20–21, seventy seven D’yakonov fifty four, sixty two ERU (echelon razvitiia uspekha) eleven, sixteen, 21 Fiebig, Generalleutnant Martin 6–7, 20, 35, 36, 39, 42–43, forty six, fifty one, 70 Förster, Oberst Hans 7, 38 gas offers 28, 32, forty eight, forty nine, fifty two, sixty three, sixty four, sixty four GAZ-AAA vans 27, 29 German military the final stand (25–27 December) 54–63 occupies Tatsinskaya airfield 6–8 Operation Bagration (1944) 70 Operation Wintergewitter (1942) four, 7, 7–8, 15–16, seventy eight response to the raid (24 December) 50–54 and the Russian technique march (16–23 December) 22–26, 28–29, 30, 30–32, 34 the Russian assault (24 December) 35–50, 37 and the Russian exfiltration (28 December) 65–70 Göring, Reichsmarschall Hermann 6, 35 Hammelburg raid (1945) seventy five He-111 bomber plane 25, forty nine, fifty six Heinemann, significant Lothar von 29, 31, 42–43, forty six Hitler, Adolf four, 35, fifty three, sixty four, seventy one, seventy four Hoth, Generaloberst Hermann 7, eight, 35 Isserson, Brigade Commander Georgy 11–12, 12, 21, sixty one, 70, seventy eight Italian military 22, 29, forty nine Ju-52 delivery plane 6, 7, 14, sixteen, 35, 36, 38, forty two, forty three, 46–47, forty nine, sixty eight Ju-86 shipping plane 36, forty six Ju-87 Stuka dive-bombers 31, forty nine, fifty six, sixty one Ju-88 bombers 36, forty seven Kfz.

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