The Battle of Pleskau was the Wehrmacht attack on the Russian city of Pleskau, also known as Pskov, during Operation Barbarossa, World War II. The battle began on July 7, 1941, with the city and its surrounding area falling in German hands on July 31, 1941. Pleskau is located in northwest Russia, south-southwest of Leningrad (Saint Petersburg), on the Velikaya River. It had been the former capital of Pskov Republic, until it was annexed by Russia in 1510, losing its democratic institutions.
The attack on Plescau was carried out by the German 4th Panzer Army and elements of the 16th Army, Army Group North, under the command of Field Marshal Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb. The city was captured and secured after fierce fight between the German forces and the Red Army on July 31. The Russian defense consisted mainly of reinforced concrete artillery emplacement.
Ferocious fighting during Battle of Pskov – Angriff auf Pleskau (footage)
Canadian Army Leopard 2A6M main battle tanks during military operations in Afghanistan. The Leopard 2A6 is an advanced German tank. In 2007, Canada bought 20 of them from Dutch Army and borrowed another 20 2A6M. This model, which was deployed in Afghanistan, has additional armour that reinforces the chassis under the tank, protecting the crew members against mines. These German-made main battle tanks are armed with one 120mm, smooth bore, L55 gun.
During World War II, Adolf Hitler and Franz Halder, Chief of General Staff of the Wehrmacht, deployed three German army groups for the invasion of the Soviet Union, whose codename was Operation Barbarossa, which would begin on June 22, 1941. Each of these large military units was supported by one Luftwaffe’s air fleet. They were very successful until December 1941, when the Germans were at the gates of Moscow, then the tide of war began to change.
Order of Battle
– Under the command of Wilhelm Ritter von Leeb, Army Group North was made up of the 16th and 18th Armies, the 4th Panzer Group, and Air Fleet 1. Its 29 divisions had been massed in East Prussia before the beginning of the operation and they would attack eastward, across Luthania and Latvia, with their final objective being Leningrad.
– Led by Fedor von Bock, Army Group Center consisted of the 4th and 9th Armies, the 2nd and 3rd Panzer Groups, and Air Fleet 2. They totalled 49 divisions, which had been stationed in eastern Poland. They would strike deep across the center of the Russian plain, towards Minsk and Moscow. They had the mission of capturing the capital of the Soviet Union.
– Commanded by Gerd von Rundstedt, Army Group South was composed of 6th, 11th and 17th Armies, and the 1st Panzer Group under Ewald von Kleist, with the air support of Air Fleet 4. They were reinforced by the Romanian 3rd and 4th Armies. This army group’s 41 divisions would invade the Ukraine and take Kieve.
The Soviet terroritory was defended by the following Russian forces: the Northern Front, the North-Western Front, the South-Western Front, and the Southern Front. Each of these Fronts were composed of three Soviet armies approximately.
During a CNN interview, the Republican candidate Donald Trump gives his opinion on Islamic terrorism right after the murderous bomb attack in Brussels, Belgium. He explains how he would deal with the ISIS and other Islamic terrorist organizations.
In the last two decades, Islamic terrorists have been committing genocide against Christians and other religious minorities from Yemen to Syria, and from Libya to Pakistan. First, it was Al-qaeda, now it is ISIS terrorists who are mass murdering human beings. Their main rationale for the genocide: “Infidels have to die, because the Koran says so”. But the great paradox of all this is that Angela Merkel, François Hollande, and Barrack Obama are receiving, welcoming, and helping Islamic migrants instead of Christians, Yazidis, Druses, and Kurds, who would successfully adapt to the Western culture. I think more than a paradox, France and Germany’s foreign policy is suicidal and a monument to human stupidity.
Genocide against Christians by Muslims in Irak (video)
Currently, as of March 2016, the German Army, which is the main branch of the Bundeswehr, has two armour divisions; the 1. Panzerdivision, which is made up of the 9th Panzer Demonstration Brigade, the 21st Panzer Brigade, the 41st Panzer Brigade, and the 325th Artillery Battalion; the 10. Panzerdivision, which is composed of the 12th Panzer Brigade, the 37th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, the 23rd Mountain Infantry Brigade, and the 131st Artillery Battalion. Each one of the Panzerbrigade consists of 4 battalions, each equipped with 44 Leopard 2A6 and 2A7+ main battle tanks, while the 37th mechanized infantry brigade of the 10. Panzerdivision is armed with Schützenpanzer Puma infantry fighting vehicles and GTK Boxer armoured personnel carriers.