Second Battle of Kharkov 12th–28th May 1942

By Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector’sson

18th May, 2022

As there are goings on in the Ukraine and can probably be expected to continue for a while to keep the dim from looking at other evils in the world, I thought would do a post on this battle on the eastern front in World War Two.

Kharkov or Kharkiv as some want to call it now, was the focus of attention. The Soviet Union hoped to take it in a two pronged attack.

However, the Germans had decided to destroy the salient the Russians had gained across the river Donets, so the Russians strategy was actually playing into the Germans hands.

What is interesting is that today we see similar goings on in the region. This is a link to what is understood to be the situation on the ground. Whether it is really the case I don’t know. There has been so much distortion of truth, it is difficult to see the wood for the trees.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Kharkiv_(2022)

Anyway, as per usual I shall take a sideways look at the proceedings in WW2. The names and places may bear some resemblance to the real names. We shall see what come of it.

I use this link as a basis and text in italics (if any) will come from it unless otherwise stated.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle_of_Kharkov



The Second Battle of Kharkov or Operation Fredericus

Or the second battle for the car keys or Opera-tea-on Fred & Eric (known as US). In other words, a song followed by tea and Fred & Eric are paying.

1          Background

1.1      General situation on the Eastern Front

Now the Germ-man and the Rush-Ian were at loggerheads over the living room they both wanted to use. The Germ-man called it lebens raum, the Rush-Ian called it место обитания or mesto obitaniya.

Or to clarify, the Germ-man was called Ben and said it was Ben’s room, whilst the Rush-Ian said it was ‘mine too, a bit and I yes’ (rough translation). The mesto bit is like ‘mes’ in French meaning ‘my’, so this was part of the MeTo# movement.

Please note that Ben’s country Germ-many, the land of many Germs, was considered the Farterland, where the Farters came from.

And Ian’s country was Rush-here, the Motherland, Родина or Rodina. In reality Rodina was ‘Row diner’ or the row that the two had over who was going to cook diner.

Winter has been tough that year as usual and both were exhausted over the arguments in the latest rounds of lockdown. You know, ‘It’s a hoax, no it isn’t’, that sort of thing.

There was the ruler of the Rushes called Joe Stallin’ as he was always stalling for time and trying to delay his counter-part, the ruler of the Germ-men, A-dolt Hitter (due to his propensity for hitting the stupid or anybody who disagreed with him over the head with a blunt instrument).

Now Joe decided to come off the fence and attack his neighbour A-dolt, who had taken some of his garden in the U-crane.

However, Joe’s advisors (wearing visors against the coronavirus) in the read army staff (they liked reading you see), didn’t like Joe’s idea.

These included Boris-Shap O’ Sneakoff, who would sneak off and have illegal parties despite coronavirus restrictions,I-likes-and-r Vaz-will-love-Sky who liked watching Sky sports for example, and Go-orgy Zoo-cough who got up to something in the local animal sanctuary (don’t ask) and caught Covid 19 in the Fruit bat enclosure.

Vaz-will-love-Sky was hoping the Germ-men’s reserves would run out onto the pitch (he loved football) and was arguing for a defensive strategy.

On the other handZoo-cough thought the Germ-men could carry out their thrusts on two axis, the axident and the v-axident (from their tank the Merck Pfizer), both of which would dent the Rush-Ians badly.

Joe however, was sure that opening a spring by coming off the fence would destabilise the Germ-men before they could get off the fence themselves and attack the cows grazing in the moss, or Mosscow as the locality was known.

1.2      Choosing the strategy

I have decided it may help here to include the Wikipedia text for ease of reference.

After the conclusion of the winter offensive, Stalin and the Soviet –Armed Forces General Staff (Stavka)

Joe wanted to get his So-ve-ate Staff Car out but the keys were in Car-key-v, held by the Germ-men.

believed that the eventual German offensives would aim for Moscow, and also with a big offensive to the south, mirroring Operation Barbarossa

Barbara Ross was a distant cousin of Diana, the famous singer from Mo’s Town in the U.S.A.

and Operation Typhoon

Opera-tea-on Thai-Food, when the Germ-men tried to go for a takeaway in Mosscow before sitting down with a nice cup of tea to watch an opera win free on the telly.

in 1941. Although the Stavka believed that the Germans had been defeated

– when the winter gave them frost bite and their feet had to be removed –

before Moscow, the seventy divisions which faced Moscow remained a threat. Stalin, most generals and front commanders believed that the principal effort would be a German offensive towards Moscow. Emboldened by the success of the winter offensive, Stalin was convinced that local offensives in the area would wear down German forces, weakening German efforts to mount another operation to take Moscow. Stalin had agreed to prepare the Red Army for an “active strategic defence” but later gave orders for the planning of seven local offensives, stretching from the Baltic Sea

I.e. the Balti C, a curry house in Linengrab (the Rush-Ians like being dressed in Linen, invented by Glad-I’m-here Linen)

to the Black Sea.

Black C, where the owners burnt the food. This was not considered racist back then to make things black (or white for that matter).

One area was Kharkov, where action was originally ordered for March.

As previously indicated the car keys were here in Car-key-v. Also sometimes shortened to Car-key. The Rush-Ians dressed like the locals to look as inconspicuous as possible by donning Khaki uniforms.

As they had no transport they would have to walk or march there, thus setting off in March was a good idea. As far as I am aware you cannot go for an April or May anywhere.

Early that month, the Stavka issued orders to Southwestern Strategic Direction headquarters for an offensive in the region, after the victories following the Rostov

Rust-off, an old rusty car in the rural area (or rust-ic area).

Strategic Offensive Operation (27 November – 2 December 1941) and the Barvenkovo–Lozovaya

Bar-then-covo Lots-of-a-yah, i.e. they went to a bar, caught Covid (allegedly) followed by lots of ‘I’a told you so’ from their self-righteous neighbours.

Offensive Operation (18–31 January 1942) in the Donbas region.

Dumb Ass region, distantly related to the Democratic regions in the USA.

The forces of Marshal Semyon Timoshenko

Ma-Shall Semi-on Timmy-Shen- &-Co., a car rental firm.

and Lieutenant General Kirill Moskalenko

Left-tenant (he was a true socialist of the left) Krill Moss-Car-Len-&-Co (he ran a competing car rental service of course).

penetrated German positions along the northern Donets River,

Doughnuts River where they could get doughnuts to keep them going on the journey to Car-key-v.

east of Kharkov. Fighting continued into April, with Moskalenko crossing the river and establishing a tenuous bridgehead at Izium.

Is-he-um, which is why the bridgehead was tenuous as they couldn’t be, well, um, sure they would hold it.

In the south, the Soviet 6th Army had limited success defending against German forces, which managed to keep a bridgehead of their own on the east bank of the river. Catching the attention of Stalin, it set the pace for the prelude to the eventual offensive intended to reach Pavlohrad

where they had been promised pavlova to eat.

and Sinelnikovo

Sin Ellie Kovo, the local brothel keeper. She was a soup angel, as broth is soup in Scotland, so you can have soup to start with before the pavlova.

and eventually Kharkov and Poltava.

By 15 March, Soviet commanders introduced preliminary plans for an offensive towards Kharkov, assisted by a large number of reserves.

In fact these were p-reserves to help the Rush-Ians if they got caught in a traffic jam.

On 20 March, Timoshenko held a conference in Kupiansk

Cup-Ian’s, something to drink out of.

to discuss the offensive and a report to Moscow, prepared by Timoshenko’s chief of staff, Lieutenant General Ivan Baghramian

I-van Bag-ram-Ian, who had a van they could use and a bag made out of a ram’s fleece for carrying food etc.

summed up the conference, although arguably leaving several key intelligence features out.

such as where were the car keys in car-key-v anyway. And reminding one of governments and many medical ‘experts’ today who forget to stress to people the importance of vitamin D despite the fact this has been known about for decades.

The build-up of Soviet forces in the region of Barvenkovo and Vovchansk

Vol-chance, where they was a chance of voluntary assistance, although others say it was a cryptic allusion to ‘pigs might fly’ such as the NHS might get its act together anytime soon.

continued well into the beginning of May. Final details were settled following discussions between Stalin, Stavka and the leadership of the Southwestern Strategic Direction led by Timoshenko throughout March and April, with one of the final Stavka directives issued on 17 April.

2          Prelude

2.1      Soviet order of battle

By 11 May 1942, the Red Army was able to allocate six armies under two fronts, amongst other formations. The Southwestern Front had the 21st Army, 28th Army, 38th Army and the 6th Army. By 11 May, the 21st Tank Corps had been moved into the region with the 23rd Tank Corps, with another 269 tanks. There were also three independent rifle divisions and a rifle regiment from the 270th Rifle Division, concentrated in the area, supported by the 2nd Cavalry Corps in Bogdanovka.

The Calvary corpse in Bogged-down-of-car. Note the rifle divisions to rifle taxpayers pockets to get money for arms in U-crane.

The Soviet Southern Front had the 57th and 9th armies, along with thirty rifle divisions, a rifle brigade and the 24th Tank Corps, the 5th Cavalry Corps and three Guards rifle divisions. At its height, the Southern Front could operate eleven guns or mortars per kilometre of front.

Nobody mentions small arms, so this was not many guns between all the soldiers. Mortars great for building bricks walls but….

Forces regrouping in the sector ran into the rasputitsa,

Rasputitsa means the muddy season, hence the car was bogged down as previously mentioned. This like “Ra’s put it sa” or “Ra’s put it there”. Or most likely as God gets blamed for the messes in the world  “God’s pooh is there”.

I don’t think Rasputin came from here, but as his name is mud he should have done.

which turned much of the soil into mud. This caused severe delays in the preparations and made reinforcing the Southern and Southwestern Front take longer than expected. Senior Soviet representatives criticised the front commanders for poor management of forces, an inability to stage offensives and for their armchair generalship

Like many at home trying to make sense of what is going on in the Ukraine today and led astray by MSM.

Because the regrouping was done so haphazardly, the Germans received some warning of Soviet preparations. Moskalenko,

Possibly a relation of earlier one, Moss-car-Len-car. These were a couple of cars belong to Moss (related to the Moss Brothers who made suits, and Len who wasn’t and didn’t).

the commander of the 38th Army, placed the blame on the fact that the fronts did not plan in advance to regroup and showed a poor display of front management.

Which explains the poor performance of Moss Brothers by not displaying the suits well enough.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moss_Bros_Group#2000%E2%80%93present

It says

2021 February – Moss Bros posts a loss of £7.4m for the year ending January 2020, prior to the COVID-19 virus outbreak.

See. I told you.

 (He commented afterwards that it was no surprise that the “German-Fascist command divined our plans”.)

That’s it, blame the Germ-men for your own faults.

2.2      Soviet leadership and manpower

The primary Soviet leader was Marshal Semyon Timoshenko, a veteran of World War I and the Russian Civil War. Timoshenko had achieved some success at the Battle of Smolensk

Where Smole hills helped frustrate the germ-men somewhat. Smole hili short for ‘It’s a mole hill’.

Smolensk is situated on seven hills (mountains).

From

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smolensk#Geography

See, told you. Although as the maximum height is about 850’ (260m) mountains is pushing it a bit. Hills please.

in 1941 but was eventually defeated. Timoshenko orchestrated the victory

He castrated the Victory. Nelson wouldn’t have liked that one bit.

at Rostov during the winter counter-attacks and more success in the spring offensive at Kharkov before the battle itself. Overseeing the actions of the army was Military Commissar Nikita Khrushchev.

No-quitter Crush-off, who would crush all resistance.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikita_Khrushchev#Anti-religious_campaign

See what I mean.

The average Soviet soldier suffered from inexperience

Inn experience, i.e. spending too much time in the inn drinking vodka rather than training.

With the Soviet debacle of the previous year ameliorated only by the barest victory

Because it was the Russian bear of course –

at Moscow, most of the original manpower of the Red Army had been killed, wounded or captured by the Germans, with casualties of almost 1,000,000 just from the Battle of Moscow. The typical soldier in the Red Army was a conscript

He had been conned into fighting –

and had little to no combat experience, and tactical training was practically nonexistent. Coupled with the lack of trained soldiers, the Red Army also began to suffer from the loss of Soviet industrial areas, and a temporary strategic defence was considered necessary.

The General Chief of Staff, Marshal Vasilevsky, recognised that the Soviet Army of 1942 was not ready to conduct major offensive operations against the well-trained German army, because it did not have quantitative and qualitative superiority and because leadership was being rebuilt after the defeats of 1941. (This analysis is retrospective and is an analysis of Soviet conduct during their strategic offensives in 1942, and even beyond, such as Operation Mars

When Mars bars were opened to provide drinks all round –

in October 1942 and the Battle of Târgul Frumos

Tar-goo Threw-moss where the Rush-Anns were to get rather stuck in the gooey tar –

in May 1944.)

2.3      German preparations

N.B. Known as Operation Friedreichcuss when George Friedreich-cuss Black swore he would destroy the Rush-Ians economy. Like today of course.

Unknown to the Soviet forces, the German 6th Army

Part of the 666 Army Group of course.

under the newly appointed General Paulus, was issued orders for Operation Fredericus on 30 April 1942. This operation was to crush the Soviet armies within the Izium salient south of Kharkov, created during the Soviet spring offensives in March and April. The final directive for this offensive, issued on 30 April, gave a start date of 18 May.

The Germans had made a major effort to reinforce Army Group South, and transferred Field Marshal Fedor von Bock

Via the bock door, not the front, otherwise he would have been in the frontline –

former commander of Army Group Center during Operation Barbarossa and Operation Typhoon. On 5 April 1942, Hitler issued Directive 41, which made the south the main area of operations under Case Blue

The case which the democrats use in the States nowadays –

the summer campaign, at the expense of the other fronts. The divisions of Army Group South were brought up to full strength in late April and early May. The strategic objective was illustrated after the victories of Erich von Manstein

He-rich van Man-stay-in – he had made lots of money from ‘Man and a van’ hire –

and the 11th Army in the Crimea

Crime-here where crimes go on here today of course.

The main objective remained the Caucasus

Where the cork trees grow well (please note) and where the USA holds its party meetings –

its oil fields

Oil wells, see earlier –

and as a secondary objective, the city of Stalingrad

Stallin’grad where the Germ-men would be grad-ually stallin’ later.

The plan to begin Operation Fredericus in April led to more forces being allocated to the area of the German 6th Army. Unknown to the Soviet forces, the German army was regrouping in the center of operations for the offensive around Kharkov. On 10 May, Paulus submitted his final draft of Operation Fredericus and feared a Soviet attack. By then, the German army opposite Timoshenko was ready for the operation towards the Caucasus.

3          Soviet offensive

3.1      Initial success

The Red Army offensive began at 6:30 a.m. on 12 May 1942, led by a concentrated hour-long artillery bombardment and a final twenty-minute air attack upon German positions. The ground offensive began with a dual pincer movement from the Volchansk and Barvenkovo salients at 7:30 am. The German defences were knocked out by air raids, artillery-fire and coordinated ground attacks. The fighting was so fierce that the Soviets inched forward their second echelon formations, preparing to throw them into combat as well. Fighting was particularly ferocious near the Soviet village of Nepokrytaia

No-poo-cry-ta-higher, where constipation was a problem which is why the Rush-Ians only inched forward

where the Germans launched three local counter-attacks. The Luftwaffe’s fighter aircraft

Loftwaffle fighter haircraft, took advantage of the constipated Rush-Ians to give them a crew cut by removing their hair. This may remind you Samson whose hair was cut off and lost his strength, until it regrew.

despite their numerical inferiority, quickly defeated the Soviet air units in the airspace above the battle area, but without bombers, dive-bombers and ground-attack aircraft they could only strafe with their machine guns and drop small bombs on the Soviet supply columns and pin down the Soviet infantry. By dark the deepest Soviet advance was 10 kilometres (6.2 mi). Moskalenko, commander of the 38th Army, discovered the movement of several German reserve units and realised that the attack had been opposed by two German divisions, not the one expected, indicating poor Soviet reconnaissance and intelligence-gathering before the battle. A captured diary of a dead German general alluded to the Germans knowing about Soviet plans in the region.

The Germ-men understood about their lunch plans. Or as they said at the time “Ve knew about zer lunch plans, so ve ate dem”. Some food for thought there.

Next day Paulus obtained three infantry divisions and a panzer division for the defence of Kharkov and the Soviet advance was slow, achieving little success except on the left flank. Bock had warned Paulus not to counter-attack without air support, although this was later reconsidered, when several Soviet tank brigades broke through VIII Corps (General Walter Heitz)

Wall-Tar Heights, a tall man. Despite his height and the wall with tar on it Rush-Ian still managed to get over.

in the Volchansk sector, only 19 kilometres (12 mi) from Kharkov. In the first 72 hours the 6th Army lost 16 battalions

batty lions – well, everyone is batty nowadays. Probably the idea that Covid 19 came from a bat does that –

conducting holding actions and local counter-attacks in the heavy rain and mud. By 14 May the Red Army had made impressive gains, but several Soviet divisions were so depleted that they were withdrawn and Soviet tank reserves were needed to defeat the German counter-attacks; German losses were estimated to be minimal, with only 35–70 tanks believed to have been knocked out in the 3rd and 23rd Panzer divisions.

3.2      Luftwaffe

Hitler immediately turned to the Luftwaffe to help blunt the offensive. At this point, its close support corps was deployed in the Crimea, taking part in the siege of Sevastopol

The-vast-apple, like the Big Apple, New York.

Under the command of Wolfram von Richthofen

Wolf-Ram von Rich-Often, who had the head of a wolf and the body of a ram. And was often rich.

the 8th Air Corps

hair corpse, a dead body with hair on it –

was initially ordered to deploy to Kharkov from the Crimea, but this order was rescinded

by Recinda Ardern, the  recidivist .

In an unusual move, Hitler kept it in the Crimea, but did not put the corps under the command of Luftflotte 4

Loft Lottie, who could be found in the roof.

(Air Fleet 4), which already contained 4th Air Corps, under the command of General Kurt Pflugbeil

Curt plug-bile, a rather abrupt vile chap.

and Fliegerführer Süd

Flea-ger-furrer Sud, what you might call a flea circus as opposed to a Flying Circus. You get fleas in furs of course, hence the name here. The sud refers to the soap suds needed to remove fleas from furs when they become a nuisance –

(Flying Command South), a small anti-shipping command based in the Crimea. Instead, he allowed Richthofen to take charge of all operations over Sevastopol. The siege in the Crimea was not over, and the Battle of the Kerch

Bottle of the Kirsch, where they were fighting over the last bottle of cherry brandy. Cherries grow in the Crimea. It is not a crime here of course –

https://en.techexpertolux.com/plodovye-derevya/kogda-sozrevaet-krymskaya-chereshnya.html

Peninsula had not yet been won. Hitler was pleased with the progress there and content to keep Richthofen where he was, but he withdrew close support assets from Fliegerkorps VIII

Flea-ger-corpse, the fleas you will find in a Germ-man corpse, or indeed any other corpse. Fleas allegedly caused Black Death, but they didn’t know about vitamin D back then. People rather ignorant today too, but that’s another story.

in order to prevent a Soviet breakthrough at Kharkov. The use of the Luftwaffe to compensate for the German Army’s lack of firepower suggested to von Richthofen that the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht

 O’Bak-O’Man-do  the Were-macked. A distant relation of O’Barak O’Barmy who lives in the USA I believe. Were macked because he had a Big Mac. The rain coat not the edible kind. Mind you, given the way they source the meat, I wouldn’t touch Big Mac’s with a barge pole.

And they might put sodium nitrite in the burgers! May be they don’t.

https://www.foodmatters.com/article/whats-really-in-a-big-mac

But no wonder many in the USA are unwell and obese.

(OKW, “High Command of the Armed Forces”) saw the Luftwaffe mainly as a ground support arm. This angered Richthofen who complained that the Luftwaffe was treated as “the army’s whore”

The armies war. This should be obvious. You can’t win war’s without boots on the ground.

As to whores, well, if their boobs are on the ground I don’t know what that might mean. Probably that the war has gone tits down as opposed to tits up.

Now that he was not being redeployed to Kharkov, Richthofen also complained about the withdrawal of his units from the ongoing Kerch and Sevastopol battles. He felt that the transfer of aerial assets

Hairy-elle ass-ates, a type of hairy el or angel riding an ass –

to Kharkov made victory in the Crimea uncertain. In reality, the Soviet units at Kerch were already routed and the Axis position at Sevastopol was comfortable.

The ass was big and comfortable. If you have a big ass you will know what I mean.

Despite von Richthofen’s opposition, powerful air support was on its way to bolster the 6th Army and this news boosted German morale.

Rather like today when people hear there is a booster on the way from big pharma to try out and see if it works this time.

Spoiler alert: it won’t.

Army commanders, such as Paulus and Bock, placed so much confidence in the Luftwaffe that they ordered their forces not to risk an attack without air support. In the meantime, Fliegerkorps IV, was forced to use every available aircraft. Although meeting more numerous Soviet air forces, the Luftwaffe achieved air superiority and limited the German ground forces’ losses to Soviet aviation, but with some crews flying more than 10 missions per day. By 15 May, Pflugbeil was reinforced and received Kampfgeschwader

Camp-gays-Wader, a type of Wellington boot for the camp followers who carried the sandwiches for the picnic. You know the ones with the lettuce, bacon, guacamole, tomato, quinoa plus whatever takes your fancy darling.

Or LGBTQ+ for short.

27 (Bomber Wing 27, or KG 27)

27 KG or kilograms, relatively lightweight.

Kampfgeschwader 51 (KG 51)

51 KG or kilograms, mediumweight.

Kampfgeschwader 55 (KG 55)

A similar weight.

and Kampfgeschwader 76 (KG 76)

76 KG or kilograms, heavyweight.

equipped with Junkers Ju 88

Junk-curs or Jew 88, despite its name not junk but very effective. Bit like the 88mm anti-aircraft gun of WW2 used by the Germans against allied and Russian tanks.

and Heinkel He 111 bombers

He-ink-el or HE 111, the telephone number to ring first if you have a medical problem.

Sturzkampfgeschwader

Starts-camp-gays-wader 77, the first thing to try on.

(Dive Bomber Wing 77, or StG 77)

The dive bummer, the chap who could get you into a dive or night club.

https://thesaurus.plus/related/dive/night_club

also arrived to add direct ground support.[37] Pflugbeil now had 10 bomber, six fighter and four Junkers Ju 87 Stuka

 A stew car carrying the evening meal

Gruppen (Groups). Logistical difficulties meant that only 54.5 per cent were operational at any given time.

3.3      German defence

German close air support made its presence felt immediately on 15 May, forcing units such as the Soviet 38th Army onto the defensive. It ranged over the front, operating dangerously close to the changing frontline. Air interdiction and direct ground support damaged Soviet supply lines and rear areas,

I.e. kicked them up the bottom.

also inflicting large losses on their armoured formations.

As opposed to their leg-oured three-mations.

General Franz Halder –

France Holder. This makes sense as he came from Würzburg a city in the traditional region of Franconia in the north of the German state of Bavaria. –

praised the air strikes as being primarily responsible for breaking the Soviet offensive. The Soviet air force could do very little to stop Pflugbeil’s 4th Air Corps. It not only attacked the enemy but also carried out vital supply missions. Bombers dropped supplies to encircled German units, which could continue to hold out until a counter-offensive relieved them. The 4th Air Corps anti-aircraft units also used their high-velocity

I.e. a high bicycle for the city (velo = bicycle in French).

8.8 cm guns on the Soviet ground forces. Over the course of the 16-day battle the 4th Air Corps played a major role in the German victory, conducting 15,648 sorties

Sore-ties, a type of tie to tie up the Rush-Ians and made by a certain Ge-orgy Sore-arse who spent too long sitting down.

(978 per day), dropping 7,700 tonnes of bombs on the Soviet forces and lifting 1,545 tonnes of material to the front.

On 14 May, the Germans continued to attack Soviet positions in the north in localised offensives and by then, the Luftwaffe had gained air superiority over the Kharkov sector, forcing Timoshenko to move his own aircraft forward to counter the bolstered Luftflotte 4. The Luftwaffe won air superiority over their numerically superior, but technically inferior opponents. The air battles depleted the Soviet fighter strength, allowing the German strike aircraft the chance to influence the land battle even more. Nonetheless, the Soviet forces pushed on, disengaging from several minor battles

Against the minors or children. Protect your children at all costs from those who would rush to vaccinate them –

and changing the direction of their thrusts. However, in the face of continued resistance and local counterattacks, the Soviet attack ebbed, especially when combined with the invariably heavy air raids. By the end of the day, the 28th Army could no longer conduct offensive operations against German positions.

Soviet troops in the northern pincer suffered even more than those in the south. They achieved spectacular success the first three days of combat, with a deep penetration of German positions. The Red Army routed several key German battalions, including many with Hungarian

Hungry-Ians as opposed to Roman-Ians for example. If you are hungary this doesn’t help your morale. After all, an army marches on its stomach as Frederick the Great said, or at least something like that.

and other foreign soldiers. The success of the Southern Shock group, however, has been attributed to the fact that the early penetrations in the north had directed German reserves there, thus limiting the reinforcements to the south. But, by 14 May, Hitler had briefed General Ewald von Kleist and ordered his 1st Panzer Army to grab the initiative in a bold counteroffensive, setting the pace for the final launching of Operation Friderikus.

Regarding Ewald von Kleist, wald means forest or wood, Kleist means glue it seems, so you could say he was ordered to stick to his guns. Rifles had wooden butts, and he had wood glue.Makes sense.

3.4      Second phase of the offensive

On 15 and 16 May, another attempted Soviet offensive in the north met the same resistance encountered on the three first days of the battle. German bastions continued to hold out against Soviet assaults. The major contribution to Soviet frustration in the battle was the lack of heavy artillery, which ultimately prevented the taking of heavily defended positions. One of the best examples of this was the defence of Ternovaya,

Turn-over-here

where defending German units absolutely refused to surrender.

In other words they wouldn’t turn over the settlement.

The fighting was so harsh that, after advancing an average of five kilometres, the offensive stopped for the day in the north. The next day saw a renewal of the Soviet attack, which was largely blocked by counterattacks by German tanks; the tired Soviet divisions could simply not hold their own against the concerted attacks from the opposition. The south, however, achieved success, much like the earlier days of the battle, although Soviet forces began to face heavier air strikes from German aircraft. The Germans, on the other hand, had spent the day fighting holding actions in both sectors, launching small counterattacks to whittle away at Soviet offensive potential,

A good example of how to deal with enemy attacks today when dealing with the terminally dim who think vaccines are a Good Thing –

while continuously moving up reinforcements from the south, including several aircraft squadrons transferred from the Crimea. Poor decisions by the 150th Rifle Division, which had successfully crossed the Barvenkovo River, played a major part in the poor exploitation of the tactical successes of the southern shock group. Timoshenko was unable to choose a point of main effort for his advancing troops, preferring a broad-front approach instead. The Germans traded space for time, which suited their intentions well.

Useful lessons to be learnt here, how to lead the enemy on into a trap of their own making, whilst wearing down their capabilities.

3.5      1st Panzer Army counterattacks

On 17 May, supported by Fliegerkorps IV, the German army took the initiative, as Kleist’s 3rd Panzer Corps[48] and 44th Army Corps began a counterattack on the Barvenkovo bridgehead from the area of Aleksandrovka

Alec’s ‘androver’s car, a 4 x4 Range Rover in other words –

the south. Aided greatly by air support, Kleist was able to crush Soviet positions and advanced up to ten kilometres in the first day of the attack. Soviet troop and supply convoys were easy targets for ferocious Luftwaffe attacks, possessing few anti-aircraft guns and having left their rail-heads100 kilometres to the rear.  

I.e. they had left their real heads a long way away, not a good idea by a long chalk. Explains much of the stupidly today re mask wearing etc.

German reconnaissance aircraft monitored enemy movements, directed attack aircraft to Soviet positions and corrected German artillery fire. The response time of the 4th Air Corps to calls for air strikes was excellent, only 20 minutes.

Compared to 20 days to get a doctor’s appointment with a GP nowadays as they are very scared of the ‘flu, a.k.a. Covid 19.

https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/take-long-doctors-appointment-15957585

Mmm…20 days may be optimistic.

Many of the Soviet units were sent to the rear that night to be refitted, while others were moved forward to reinforce tenuous positions across the front. That same day, Timoshenko reported the move to Moscow and asked for reinforcements and described the day’s failures. Vasilevsky’s attempts to gain approval for a general withdrawal were rejected by Stalin.

Who presumably didn’t want his generals to withdraw. But then it is difficult to understand if you don’t trust them or are able to see what is really going on yourself.

On 18 May, the situation worsened and Stavka suggested once more stopping the offensive and ordered the 9th Army to break out of the salient. Timoshenko and Khrushchev claimed that the danger coming from the Wehrmacht’s Kramatorsk

Crammer tusk, like an elephant tusk dangerous in the wrong hands (or when attached to a charging bull elephant) –

group was exaggerated, and Stalin refused the withdrawal again. The consequences of losing the air battle were also apparent. On 18 May the Fliegerkorps IV destroyed 130 tanks and 500 motor vehicles, while adding another 29 tanks destroyed on 19 May.

On 19 May, Paulus, on orders from Bock, began a general offensive from the area of Merefa

Me-re-fa – next door to doh-re-me –

in the north of the bulge

The beer belly –

in an attempt to encircle the remaining Soviet forces in the Izium salient. Only then did Stalin authorise Zhukov to stop the offensive and fend off German flanking forces. However, it was already too late. Quickly, the Germans achieved considerable success against Soviet defensive positions. The 20 May saw more of the same, with the German forces closing in from the rear. More German divisions were committed to the battle that day, shattering several Soviet counterparts,

Which prevented the parts to the kitchen counters arriving –

allowing the Germans to press forward. The Luftwaffe also intensified operations over the Donets River to prevent Soviet forces escaping. Ju 87s from StG 77 destroyed five of the main bridges and damaged four more while Ju 88 bombers from Kampfgeschwader 3 (KG 3) inflicted heavy losses on retreating motorised and armoured columns.

Although Timoshenko’s forces successfully regrouped on 21 May, he ordered a withdrawal of Army Group Kotenko by the end of 22 May, while he prepared an attack for 23 May, to be orchestrated by the 9th and 57th Armies. Although the Red Army desperately attempted to fend off advancing Wehrmacht and launched local counterattacks to relieve several surrounded units, they generally failed. By the end of May 24, Soviet forces opposite Kharkov had been surrounded by German formations, which had been able to transfer several more divisions to the front, increasing the pressure on the Soviet flanks and finally forcing them to collapse.

3.6      Soviet break-out attempts

The 25 May saw the first major Soviet attempt to break the encirclement. German Major General Hubert Lanz described the attacks as gruesome, made en masse. Driven by blind courage, the Soviet soldiers charged at German machine guns with their arms linked, shouting “Urray!”

Somewhat reminiscent of those charging into having the vaccines thinking that this is a good way to defeat Covid 19, a.k.a. the ‘flu, and glad to die for the cause. It should be noted they were not maintaining a suitable anti-social distance which is shocking.

The German machine gunners had no need for accuracy, killing hundreds in quick bursts of fire.

Like the vaccines perhaps, such as made by Pfizer.

In broad daylight, the Luftwaffe, now enjoying complete air supremacy and the absence of Soviet anti-aircraft guns, rained down SD2 anti-personnel cluster bombs on the exposed Soviet infantry masses, killing them in droves.

By 26 May, the surviving Red Army soldiers were forced into crowded positions

Breaking coronavirus regulations on mass gatherings –

in an area of roughly fifteen square kilometres. Soviet attempts to break through the German encirclement in the east were continuously blocked by tenacious defensive manoeuvres and German air power. Groups of Soviet tanks and infantry that attempted to escape and succeeded in breaking through German lines were caught and destroyed by Ju 87s from StG 77. The flat terrain secured easy observation for the Germans, whose forward observers directed long-range 10.5 cm and 15 cm artillery fire onto the Soviets from a safe distance to conserve the German infantrymen.

Like Pfizer, essentially a German company, despite being set up in the states and under the ultimate control our favourite bogie man, Ge-orgy Schwartz/Soros.

https://bwcentral.org/2021/08/who-are-george-sores-black-rock-vanguard-glaxosmithkline-pfizer-wuhan-lab-and-other-connections-with-covid-19/

More than 200,000 Soviet troops, hundreds of tanks and thousands of trucks and horse-drawn wagons

These were WAG’s who had become hoarse shouting encouragement to their husbands’ and boyfriends’ teams.

filled the narrow dirt road between Krutoiarka

Crew-two-yucka, it was a dirt road so yucky of course –

and Fedorovka

Furred the Rocker, a hairy biker enjoying the mayhem. It was May of course, otherwise it would be April- or June-hem, for example –

and were under constant German artillery fire and relentless air strikes from Ju 87s, Ju 88s and He 111s. SD-2 cluster munitions killed the unprotected infantry and SC250 bombs smashed up the Soviet vehicles and T-34 tanks. Destroyed vehicles and thousands of dead and dying Red Army soldiers choked up the road and the nearby ravines. General Bobkin

Bob King. Possibly related to Robert King

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_King_(writer)

He wrote this. Well worth a read.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BrainDead

I quote for the above.

she discovers that Washington, D.C. has been invaded by extraterrestrial insects which are eating the brains and taking control of people, including members of Congress and their staffers. Much of the internal comedy of the series was that, in the altered reality of Washington, D.C. politics, only a few people noticed.

This explains things today obviously. And

The show had a planned four-season arc, which would have seen the bugs then invade Wall Street, Silicon Valley and Hollywood, but on October 17, 2016, CBS cancelled the series after one season.

Too close to reality I imagine. Still, those of us in the know can see it must have taken place anyway, bugs in Wall street etc. Don’t forget the viruses in Microsoft Windows, a.k.a. updates –

was killed by German machine gun fire and two more Soviet generals were killed in action on the 26th and 27th.

The show was ‘killed ‘ by CBS.

Bock personally viewed the carnage from a hill near Lozovenka

Low-so-wanker. Believe it or not there is a mountain in Bavaria, south-west Germany called Wank. It looks a beautiful spot. I wrote about the mountain elsewhere on my site. Low-so-wanker is not as high as the Wank mountain. It’s in the name.

https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/ukrainian-troops-holding-destroyed-village-believe-russians-withdrawing-across-2022-05-15/

Now if you don’t believe we follow the WW2 timeline only 80 years ago, will you ever?? Mind you, is this all fake news anyway? I sometimes wonder I really do. Reuters are no longer as reliable as I believe they once were.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-press-idUSTRE51843C20090209

And that is from 2009!!

In the face of determined German operations, Timoshenko ordered the official halt of all Soviet offensive manoeuvres on 28 May, while attacks to break out of the encirclement continued until 30 May. Nonetheless, less than one man in ten managed to break out of the “Barvenkovo mousetrap”. Hayward gives 75,000 Soviets killed and 239,000 taken prisoner. Beevor

Beaver, the eager beaver –

puts Soviet prisoners at 240,000  (with the bulk of their armour), while Glant

Glance, he could tell at a glance –

citing Krivosheev

Cri-vo-shove, makes you weep, doesn’t it.

gives a total of 277,190 overall Soviet casualties. Both tend to agree on a low German casualty count

Not counting Dracula who loves all the bloodletting –

with the most formative estimate being at 20,000 dead, wounded and missing. Regardless of the casualties, Kharkov was a major Soviet setback; it put an end to the successes of the Red Army during the winter counteroffensive.

4          Analysis and conclusions

There you have it. A battle over some car keys. The Germ-men retained the car keys which the Rush -Ians were unable to take.

Hanging onto the car keys enabled the Germ-men to drive the car latter on in the summer on their journey to the Caucasus with the blue case.

As to what happened, well, you can look that up if you don’t already know.

As regards 2022, perhaps you can see the similarities. You have the caucuses I understand prior to mid-term elections in the Fall in the U.S.A.

The blue case could be the democrats, the blue states. The Blue Case failed in 1942 for the Nazis. The case will therefore fail for the democrats.

Baldmichael has spoken.

As regards Pfizer and vaccines I found this.

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/africa/pfizer-to-pay-163-50m-after-deaths-of-nigerian-children-in-drug-trial-experiment-1663402.html

The utter bastards. This is from 2009 people. To those who haven’t done so, for God’s sake and your own, wake up!

*ACTION ALERT: W.H.O. WANTS TO ‘DOCTOR’ THE WORLD’S HEALTH*

There is to be a meeting of the W.H.O. in Geneva, Switzerland from May 20, 2022 to May 28, 2022.This was drawn to my attention by this site.

I have only looked at a few posts, but well worth a look in general.

It had referred to this.

https://jamesroguski.substack.com/p/sound-the-alarm?s=r

It says this.

At the moment, to my knowledge, no one in Geneva has stepped up to organize protests against the proposed amendments to the International Health Regulations at the 75th World Health Assembly.

We need to ensure the WHO does not implement these measures although they have no authority in my books anyway. No wonder Donald Trump wanted to defund the W.H.O.

Anyway, these dates of the meeting match the end of the 1942 Soviet attempts to take Kharkov which ended in disaster. Let’s make it the W.H.O. which does not pass these silly amendments.

This is probably easier to read for a summary of the issues.

Extracted from here.

Summary of Selected Proposed Amendments to the IHR

The WHO intends to amend 13 IHR articles: 5, 6, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18, 48, 49, 53, 59

  1. Increased surveillance: Under Article 5, the WHO will develop early warning criteria that will allow it to establish a risk assessment for a member state, which means that it can use the type of modeling, simulation, and predictions that exaggerated the risk from Covid-19 over two years ago. Once the WHO creates its assessment, it will communicate it to inter-governmental organizations and other member states.
  2. 48-hour deadline: Under Articles 6, 10, 11, and 13, a member state is given 48 hours to respond to a WHO risk assessment and accept or reject on-site assistance. However, in practice, this timeline can be reduced to hours, forcing it to comply or face international disapproval lead by the WHO and potentially unfriendly member states. 
  3. Secret sources: Under Article 9, the WHO can rely on undisclosed sources for information leading it to declare a public health emergency. Those sources could include Big Pharma, WHO funders such as the Gates Foundation and the Gates-founded-and-funded GAVI Alliance, as well as others seeking to monopolize power.
  4. Weakened Sovereignty: Under Article 12, when the WHO receives undisclosed information concerning a purported public health threat in a member state,  the Director-General may (not must) consult with the  WHO Emergency Committee and the member state. However, s/he can unilaterally declare a potential or actual public health emergency of international concern. The Director General’s authority replaces national sovereign authority. This can later be used to enforce sanctions on nations.
  5. Rejecting the amendments: Under Article 59, after the amendments are adopted by the World Health Assembly, a member state has six months to reject them. This means November, this year. If the member state fails to act, it will be deemed to have accepted the amendments in full.  Any rejection or reservation received by the Director-General after the expiry of that period shall have no force and effect.

P.S. For more reading you could try this. Some nice maps and a few photos.

https://military-review.com/12504363-kharkov-battle-may-1942-barvenkovo-cauldron

If you haven’t read this, a humorous approach with serious points and summary.

Put In Boots – the UKraine Panto

Author: alphaandomega21

Baldmichael Theresoluteprotector'sson. When not posting pages or paging posties, trying to be a good husband, and getting over a long term health issue, I am putting the world to rights. I have nothing better to do, so why not? But of course that includes dancing, being funny (in more than one sense), poking fun at life, poking fun at myself, deflating the pompous, reflating the sad. Seeking to heal the whole of the soul (and body where possible). In short making life as good as it possibly can be for others as well as myself. You can't say fairer than that. But if you can, please say. People need to know.

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