Operation Falke (iii)

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This was a German unrealised plan for Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein’s Heeresgruppe ‘Süd’ to undertake a relatively small enveloping movement on the Soviet forces in the area to the east of Kharkov (June/July 1943).

Intended as one of several undertakings in an effort considered by the Germans as a means of regaining the initiative on the Eastern Front, the plan was abandoned in favour of the larger, more ambitious and ultimately fatal ‘Zitadelle’.