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Donbass Strategic Offensive (August 1943)

Donbass Strategic Offensive
Part of Eastern Front
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Map of the Donbass Offensive (in German)
Date13 August 1943 – 22 September 1943
(1 month, 1 week and 2 days)
Result Soviet victory
Soviet Union Soviet Union Nazi Germany Germany
Commanders and leaders
Fyodor Tolbukhin
Rodion Malinovsky
Erich von Manstein
Karl-Adolf Hollidt
Eberhard von Mackensen
Units involved
Southern Front
Southwestern Front

Army Group South

6th Army
1st Panzer Army
1,053,000 men[1]
1,257 tanks and assault guns[1]
21,000 guns and mortars[1]
1,400 combat aircraft[1]
Around 400,000 men
Casualties and losses

273,522 men[1]

66,166 killed, captured or missing
207,356 wounded or sick
886 tanks and assault guns destroyed[1]
814 guns and mortars[1]
327 aircraft[1]

28,940 men (German claim) (11 August – 20 September)[2]

4,721 killed
21,234 wounded
2,985 missing

The Donbass Strategic Offensive was a strategic operation of the Red Army on the Eastern Front of World War II with the goal of the liberation the Donbass. As a result of the Soviet victory, the contribution of the important economic region no longer benefited Nazi Germany, and by 1944 the Soviet Union had restarted its industrial operations in the region. As a byproduct of the Soviet offensive, the German forces was also forced to retreat from the Kuban.


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Frieser et al. 2007, p. 351.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 May 2013. Retrieved 10 December 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)