- Lossberg study
Lossberg study is a German military plan prepared by
Lieutenant Colonel Bernhard von Lossberg[cite web|url=http://warandgame.wordpress.com/2007/08/20/russo-german-war-plans-1941/|title =RUSSO-GERMAN WAR PLANS 1941 « War and Game |author= |accessdate=2007-01-25] and developed under Alfred Jodlin OKWon September 15, 1940.(Russian)cite book | last =Безыменский| first =Л | authorlink = | coauthors = | title =Особая папка "Барбаросса"| publisher = Издательство Агентства печати Новости| date =1972 | location =Москва | pages = p. 206 | url = | doi = | id = | isbn = ] Its northward direction of attack on the Soviet Unionwas favorized in the Barbarossa Plan, signed by Hitler. Key paragraphs: [cite book | last =| first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title =Особая папка "Барбаросса"| publisher = | date = | location = | pages = p. 205 | url = | doi = | id = | isbn = ] "To conduct the operations first it's necessary to decide whether the main stroke direction would be norther or souther to the Pripet Marshes... The advantages of aiming the main stroke northward are as follows:
*much better concentration possibilities (railroads)
*interest in inflicting a prompt defeat on Russians in
*relatively better road conditions at operational direction
*cooperation possibility with XXI Group, acting from
Leningradand MoscowThe advantages of aiming the main stroke southward are:
*threatened area of
*possibility of supplying the German motorized units upon Romanian and Galician oil fields (however much worse communications after crossing the Russian border)
Ukraine.Suggestion is to choose the main stroke direction northwardly."
"How the cooperation of both main groups eastward from the Pripet Marshes will be organized henceforth and how the ultimate military goal will look like depends at great extent on whether the collapse of Russia after initial German successes takes place or not, and when". Similar arguments for northern direction were made on November 26 in
German General Staffproject. [cite book | last =| first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title =Особая папка "Барбаросса"| publisher = | date = | location = | pages = p. 207 | url = | doi = | id = | isbn = ]
* [http://militera.lib.ru/h/fugate/02.html Fugate B., "Operation Barbarossa", chapter 2]
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