Special: Operation Bagration

Commanders,

Between June and August 1944, a massive operation saw the Soviets push the Germans out of Eastern Europe.  From Saturday 21 June at 07:10 until Tuesday 24 June at 07:00 CEST (UTC +2) remember this event and benefit from the following in-game bonuses:

 

Triple Experience for the First Victory of the Day

Bring forth the spoils of victory!

 

30% Discount on the following standard vehicles:

VI Jagdpanzer IV
VII SU-152
VI T-34-85
VI KV-1S
VII Panther
VII Tiger I
VII IS

 

 

50% Discount on Crew Skill Reset

Need to fix your skills? Now’s your chance!

 

50% Discount on Crew (Re-)Training

Recruit new crews or assign them to new vehicles at half the price!

 

25% Discount on Equipment

Time to boost your tank’s performance!

 

50% Discount on all Consumables

Restock your supplies for the battles to come!

 

Up to 50% Discount on Camouflage Patterns, Inscriptions and Emblems

Personalise your tanks and apply some camouflage with a nice discount!

 

MISSIONS

Hold the Line!

Reward 25,000
Requirements
  • German vehicles of tier IV and above only
  • Random Battles only
  • 3 times per day
Conditions
  • Win a total of 3 battles
  • Be in the top 10 players on your team by base experience earned (bonuses for the first victory, premium account, etc., will not be counted to determine the rankings).
Charge!
Reward 25,000
Requirements
  • Soviet vehicles of tier IV and above only
  • Random Battles only
  • 3 times per day
Conditions
  • Win a total of 3 battles
  • Be in the top 10 players on your team by base experience earned (bonuses for the first victory, premium account, etc., will not be counted to determine the rankings).
Commemorate Operation Bagration!
Reward 1 Day of Premium Account
Requirements
  • Once per account
Conditions
  • Complete the "Hold the Line!" and "Charge!" missions 3 times each

 

History

At the start of World War II, the Soviet Union and Germany had been allies. However, that ended when the ambition of Germany’s leaders caused them to turn against the Soviets in 1941 and invade Eastern Europe. This was the largest military operation in history and one with terrible conditions and results for both sides.

Betrayed by their former allies, the Soviet Union joined up with the Allies and began planning their return strike. Operation Bagration was the codename for the ‘Belorussian Strategic Offensive Operation’ to clear the German forces from Eastern Europe by destroying German Army Group Centre. It began on 22nd June 1944 and lasted until 19th August. Like Operation Overlord taking place on the beaches of Normandy, it was preceded by a convoluted but highly successful deception operation called Maskirovka, a word that literally means ‘camouflage’.

Maskirovka involved pushing the huge Soviet armies (called Fronts) forward whilst leaving a significant number of units hidden behind them. In the meantime, through the use of dummy units and radio silence, the Germans were misdirected into believing that the attack would be taking place on the Ukraine. The result was that most of Army Group Centre’s tanks and artillery were sent to reinforce the Ukraine, leaving only a minimal defence force behind.

In the meantime, partisans (mainly Soviet soldiers who had become cut-off in 1941 and became guerrillas) began a coordinated assault on the German supply lines, destroying rail networks and bridges to prevent the movement of ammunition, food and reinforcements to the front line.

On June 22nd, exactly three years to the day after the start of the German invasion, the battle began in full with a massive artillery barrage that was typical of a Soviet attack. The shelling was devastating, but the Germans were ordered to hold the position to their deaths by their stubborn commanders.

With the initial destruction of the German defences complete, the big push came. Four massive Soviet Fronts started to move westwards, bearing millions of soldiers, tanks and aircraft.

Over the next few weeks, the remnants of the German Army Group Centre put up a brave defence, but they were ultimately overwhelmed by the sheer power of the Soviet force. Eventually on 19th August, a halt was called to the Soviet advance before the lines could become too stretched.

Operation Bagration was one of the most important conflicts of World War II and proved to be a huge success for the Soviets, but it came at a cost. Casualties, both military and civilian, were immense, with hundreds of thousands dead on both sides and over a million wounded in total.

The end result was that with the annihilation of Army Group Centre, Army Group North and Army Group North Ukraine were cut off from each other. Both Army Groups were forced to withdraw from Soviet territory. With this victory on the Eastern front coinciding with the success of the Normandy Landings on the west, the time for Allied victory drew much closer.

 

Roll out, Commanders!