I've been doing some reading recently, and have gotten into the russian front. A lot of focus is put on the two so called turning point battles, like Stalingrad and Kursk, but not as much emphasis is placed upon Bagration, and how ridiculously catastrophic this action was to the Third Reich. It was a massive operationional success, taking back huge swaths of territory, encircling & shaterring huge bumbers of German formations (most estimate german losses at half a million men killed or captured!), and killing or capturing a large number of German Divisional and Corps commanders involved. Ths significance of this curbstomping cannot be understated. Stalingrad and Kursk were obviouisly massive setbacks, but Bagration was such a huge catastrophy the Russian advance was only stopped by their own supply issues, rather than German resistance. In just 2 months starting in late June, '44, the Soviets pushed back almost the entire front about 200 miles. What magnified the German losses what the large proportion of entire formations encircled and simply swallowed up by the onslaught. Guaranteeing that the most experienced and capable soldiers and officers were lost. The very best squad, platoon, & company commanders were just gone, with no ability to refit a weakened, but experienced unit with replacements. The scale of Bagration put the Normandy landings just 15 days prior to it's launch to shame. I can't imagine what the despair of the OKH must have been like: The Normady landing on June 6th, the July 20 attempt on Hitler's life, and then Bagration debacle staring on June 22, (notably the anniversay or the German invasion in 1941.) My line of inquiry has two areas. 1) Am I overasting Bargration? I'm sure the Germans didn't feel positive about the outcome of the war prior to Bagration, but Germany's loss would have been undeniable to anyone afterward. 2) What are the best books you've read on the topic? The sheer scale of Bagration seems to be a very difficult topic to tackle for any author. Who has done it best? Abandoned vehicles of the german 9th army at a road near Titowka/Bobruisk (Belarus) German POWs in Moscow, - Mid July, 1944. The russians symbolically washed down the streets after the 50,000+ prisoners marched by.