Wednesday, July 1, 2015

German Armour Crosses the Don River Over a Pontoon Bridge

A Panzerkampfwagen IV Ausf.F2 with the "long" 75mm from Infanterie-Division Großdeutschland (motorisiert) crossing the Don River over a pontoon bridge, east of Rostov, summer 1942. Operation Fall Blau commenced on 28 June 1942 with Heeresgruppe B making its push towards Voronezh and the Don, but it was not until 9 July that Heeresgruppe A joined in. Ewald Von Kleist’s 1. Panzerarmee then attacked the right flank of General-polkovnik Rodion I. Heeresgruppe A was faced with crossing one water obstacle after another (as shown in this picture, taken by Kriegsberichter Hanns Hubmann), which strained its limited engineering capabilities

Source :
Book "The Caucasus 1942-43; Kleist's Race for Oil" by Robert Forczyk

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