By Neil Short
During the Russian Civil battle, the purple military created a chain of fortified components, or ukreplinnyje rajony (UR), which have been for use not just for defence yet have been additionally to behave as staging issues for offensive operations. Following the top of the conflict those defences have been prolonged, making a entrance that stretched over 2,000km from the Baltic to the Black Sea, that consisted of greater than 3,000 positions from forts to computing device gun and antitank positions, emplaced tank turrets, and commentary and command positions. through the outbreak of worldwide conflict II, those defenses - often called the Stalin Line - have been principally whole.
However, after the Soviet profession of japanese Poland in October 1939 the Stalin Line used to be too a ways at the back of the recent border to be of use as a springboard for an offensive. So, a brand new set of defenses used to be began, named after the Soviet international Minister, Molotov. apparatus was once stripped from the Stalin Line, yet in simple terms 25 percentage of the positions have been accomplished by the point of the German invasion in June 1941 and it proved no fit for the Wehrmacht - positions have been commonly empty or just bypassed through the enhance. Illustrated with cutaway art and infrequent pictures this e-book offers an in depth exam of the advance of those protecting strains, and the combating that came about round them in 1941, and is full of aspect and data that isn't on hand within the English.