Operation Taubenschlag

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This was a German unrealised plan for Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein’s 11th Army to launch an offensive toward Toropets on the Eastern Front (October/November 1942).

The object of the proposed operation was the reduction of the Soviet pressure on Generalfeldmarschall Georg von Küchler’s Heeresgruppe ‘Nord’, by the forces of General Kirill A. Meretskov’s Volkhov Front and General Leytenant Pavel A. Kurochkin’s North-West Front, through the application of a threat to the Soviets’ rear on their left flank, on the junction with General Leytenant Ivan S. Konev’s Kalinin Front. Though the bulk of the 11th Army had been diverted to the north after its ‘Störfang’ seizure of Sevastopol, the army headquarters had reached only Vitebsk when it was ordered to the south once more, being transformed into Heeresgruppe ‘Don’ at Novocherkassk on 27 November to help deal with the steadily worsening position west of Generaloberst Friedrich Paulus’s 6th Army beleaguered in Stalingrad.