Operation Bagration - Second Phase: Strategic Offensive Against Army Group Centre

Second Phase: Strategic Offensive Against Army Group Centre

The second phase of Operation Bagration involved the entire operation's most significant single objective: the retaking of Minsk, capital of the Belorussian SSR. It would also complete the large-scale encirclement and destruction, set up by the first phase, of much of Army Group Centre.

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