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06 Soviet Storm - The Rzhev Meat Grinder (October 1941)
Episode 6 of a documentary series about the German invasion of the Soviet Union made for Russian television.
The poor condition of railroads in Soviet Russia in 1941 made possession of the railroad junction at Rzhev (130 miles westward of Moscow) of vital strategic importance to both the Wehrmacht and the Red Army. Without the junction the Germans could not supply Army Group Center by train. The fighting in and around Rzhev was extremely bloody on both sides and dragged on for years. This episode covers the fighting that took place in this part of the Soviet Union.