Soviet Video about the battle for Ternopil


Things people have told me about this battle:

1) Hitler declared the city some sort of official secure place — No retreat allowed.

2) The city was almost completely destroyed during the fighting.

3) The Soviets attacked the city nine separate times before finally succeeding.

4) Soviet generals had, at one point, announced all the way up their chain of command (all the way to Stalin), that the city was captured. When they realized they were mistaken, they were in an absolute panic and rather than report their failure, resorted to massive bombardment of the city and another attack.

5) After Ternopil, the retreating Nazi army didn’t have to organize a defense around Lviv. (I also heard the Soviets wanted to preserve the value of Lviv and purposely hurried.) I know there was a little fighting at the railway station in Horodok, 30km past L’viv.


  1. elmer

    Well, Roman, there was fighting everywhere.

    My father’s house, where he grew up, was bombed.

    When one’s house gets blown up, that’s not a major battle, but it’s a lot more than a little fighting.

    The people described this way:

    “The Germans came during the day, the soviets came at night.”

    As many people were fleeing towards the west near the end of the war, to escape the sovoks, many, many railroads and railway stations were blown up.

    I’ve been to Ternopil, but it certainly didn’t look that way when I was there. :-)

  2. Ed K

    Well it seems like your interest in military history
    has rekindled. This post along with recent comments
    about dreaming of beautiful women instead ofyour military
    sevice are almost akin to Mad Jack:

    ————- // —————


    The great difference between those who succeed
    and those who fail does not consist in the amount
    of work done by each but in the amount of
    intelligent work. Many of those who fail most
    ignominiously do enough to achieve grand success
    but they labor haphazardly at whatever they are
    assigned, building up with one hand to tear down
    with the other. They do not grasp circumstances
    and change them into opportunities. They have no
    faculty for turning honest defeats into telling victories.
    With ability enough and ample time, the major
    ingredients of success, they are forever throwing
    back and forth an empty shuttle and the real web
    of their life is never woven. —Og Mandino


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