Kamenets-Podolsky Pocket

Kamenets-Podolsky Pocket

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The Battle of the Kamenets-Podolsky Pocket, also known as Hube's Pocket, was a Wehrmacht attempt on the Eastern Front of World War II to evade encirclement by the Red Army.

During the Proskurov-Chernovtsy Offensive Operation (4 March-17 April 1944) and the Uman-Botosani Offensive Operation (5 March-17 April 1944) the 1st and 2nd Ukrainian Fronts encircled Generaloberst Hans-Valentin Hube's 1. Panzerarmee north of the Dniester river. The Panzerarmees personnel were largely able to escape the encirclement in April.

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In mid-February 1944, the 1. Panzerarmee found itself defending the line in the north-western Ukraine. The Army had just completed operations to rescue the two Corps trapped in the Korsun–Shevchenkovsky Offensive, which had exhausted the army's III Panzerkorps.

In February 1944, the 1. Panzerarmee—commanded by Generaloberst Hans-Valentin Hube—consisted of four Korps, three of which were Panzerkorps (comprising some 20 panzer or Panzergrenadier divisions). Together with the attached Army units, the 1. Panzerarmee included over 200,000 troops, and was the most powerful formation of Generalfeldmarshall Erich von Manstein's Army Group South.

Soviet Marshal Georgi Zhukov realized the role of the 1. Panzerarmee, and began planning to bring about the Wehrmachts Army's destruction that could, and did, result in the collapse of the entire South-Eastern Front. Zhukov planned a...
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