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25 June 2024, 11:17

Operation Bagration: Archival footage of Belarus’ offensive. Battles near Vitebsk

Battle for Lepel, 1944
Battle for Lepel, 1944

On 25 June, the Soviet troops encircled and soon defeated the Vitebsk fortified area. The troops of the 1st Baltic Front, together with the troops of the 3rd Belorussian Front, surrounded 5 enemy divisions west of Vitebsk by 25 June and eliminated them by 27 June. On 28 June, the Soviet troops liberated the town of Lepel.

About 8,000 German soldiers were able to break out of the encirclement, but were again surrounded and capitulated. All in all, about 20,000 German soldiers and officers were killed near Vitebsk, about 10,000 were captured.

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