Lossberg study

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 Jodl in OKW on 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 Union was 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 Baltic states
*relatively better road conditions at operational direction
*cooperation possibility with XXI Group, acting from Finland
*attainability of Leningrad and MoscowThe advantages of aiming the main stroke southward are:
*threatened area of Romania
*possibility of supplying the German motorized units upon Romanian and Galician oil fields (however much worse communications after crossing the Russian border)
*significance of 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 Staff project. [cite book | last =| first = | authorlink = | coauthors = | title =Особая папка "Барбаросса"| publisher = | date = | location = | pages = p. 207 | url = | doi = | id = | isbn = ]


External links

* [http://militera.lib.ru/h/fugate/02.html Fugate B., "Operation Barbarossa", chapter 2]

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