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Posted: June 06, 2007 01:54 am
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QUOTE (mabadesc @ June 05, 2007 05:48 pm)
RHaught,

On April 25, the Soviet 2nd Ukrainian front attacked along the (secondary) Iasi-Kishinev axis in order to attract German armored reserves away from the main defensive axis.

However, it seems that the Germans anticipated this plan and moved the SS Totenkopf division from the Piatra region, inserting it into the forward defensive positions at Tg. Frumos. Therefore, the Soviets were met with strong resistence on May 1st.

Furthermore, during the days of May 2-3, the SS Totenkopf division continued to reinforce Kirchner's LVII Panzer group in the Tg. Frumos vicinity and concentrated its Kampfgruppe E - made up of the 6th SS Pz. Grn. Regiment - in the Helesteni region, 6 miles west of Tg. Frumos.

The renewed Soviet operations on May 3 also failed, stalling in front of the GrossDeutschland, 24th Panzer, and SS Totenkopf divisions.

[data taken from Glantz's Red Storm Over the Balkans]

I know what the Soviet/Germans say. I too have the book but what about Romanian records? Know the 8th SS was in western Romania after the switch. People I talked to didn't know of any SS divisions around and I stayed in Roman as well.
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Posted: June 06, 2007 04:15 pm
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Sorry, RHaught, but your question made no mention of Romanian records. You asked:

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A question I have is with the 3rd SS Totenkopf. Read it was stationed on the western line in the defense of Tg. Frumos. They sent a KG to assist in defending the area west of the town. Any truth to this for sure?


I don't have any romanian records from that period handy, but it seems to me that the existence of military Soviet and German records indicating the presence of the SS "T" division constitute a more reliable source than what veterans around Roman recall.

Anyway, sorry I couldn't be of more assistance. Perhaps someone else from the forum (maybe Victor or Dragos) have copies of Romanian military records dating back to the time of the Tg. Frumos battles.

Take care.

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Posted: June 06, 2007 11:46 pm
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RHaught,

Here is a Romanian secondary source with respect to the SS T division.

Excerpt from Constantin Kiritescu's Romania in al Doilea Razboi Mondial:

"The Germans had control of two armored divisions - under the command of General von Manteuffel - behind the romanian fortified lines. The GrossDeutschland and the 3rd SS Totenkopf divisions were initially assembled west of the Siret River. Although weakened from previous engagements, the two divisions still held sufficient combative force. Their intervention was decisive against the Soviet attack conducted in the Pascani - Ruginoasa area.
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Posted: August 08, 2007 03:34 am
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Thanks! Now with the maps I have and the books along with other sources it looks like the next time I come to Romania will be able to track along in an SUV. The primary roads then on the maps are secondary roads at the most today. boonicootza, what are the rates for getting a rental 4WD vehicle in Iasi?
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I don't know any rent-a-car company with 4wd cars in Iasi.
For the other cars the price is from 20 to 60 Euro per day.
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Posted: August 10, 2007 03:24 am
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Hmmm, since I saw some of the primary roads on the maps we looked at there I am going to say they might be a little rough. One looked like an old dirt road starting to grow up. Think that this might make it more accessable to areas as well.
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hello,
congratulations for the forum! are a user daal'italia and information on the Battle of tg.frumuos.you have wrote a lot of things interesting.I propio my in-laws live near the front line (Icusesti)
you have news about the clashes that occurred in this place?
just go to see my father in law "the question you!
enclose another map of the area.
sorry for my bad enghlish!

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NEW ! The first battle for Targu Frumos, 9-12 Apr.1944, on a russian site

This battle is known to us as part of Tirgu Frumos offensive of The 2-nd Ukrainian Front (April 8 - May 6, 1944), but the material on it, unfortunately, is not so much.
Western sources attribute it to the first Iasi-Kishinev offensive operation (April 8 - June 6, 1944) and divide into 3 battles :
The first battle for Tirgu Frumos (9-12 April),
The battle from Podul-Iolaiei (12 April),
The Second Battle for Tirgu Frumos (2-8 May 1944.),
assuming that the result of the operation was a victory of the Axis.
The first battle for Tirgu Frumos was characterized by a brilliantly conducted counterattack of The Panzer-Grenadier-Division Grossdeutschland. What was such brilliant is hard to understand - our position and supplies have been stretched because of bad roads, but the Germans managed to bring troops in time by railway. Well managed, yes.


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A translationion of the text from wiki.sukhoi.ru :
It is a kind of analisys for http://www.yogysoft.de/Bessarabia_2.htm
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Prima batalie pentru Targu-Frumos
Comandanti : Konev I.S, Bogdanov S.I, Jmacenko F.F, Trofimenko S.G, Otto Wöhler, Hasso von Manteuffel, Mihai Racoviţǎ,
Inceputul
Trupele sovietice care se apropiau dinspre nord urmau doua directii principale : pe valea Prutului, la NW Iasi si pe drumul principal V3, care ducea de la Botosani spre sud, prin TF.
Fortele participante
URSS
A.2 Tc, Gl.Lt.Bogdanov
A.27, Gl.Lt.Trofimenko
C.35 tragatori, de garda, Gl.Lt.Goriacev
D.3 Des.Aerian, de garda
D.93 tragatori, de garda
D.202, 206 tragatori
A.40, Gl.Lt.Jmacenco
C.5 tragatori, Gl.Mr.Avdeenko
D.42 tragatori, de garda
Puterile Axei
Germania
8th Army, Gen.Wohler
Grossdeutschland Panzer Grenadier Division, Gen.Hasso von Manteuffel
Panzer Regiment
Panzer Grenadier Regiment
Panzer Fusilier Regiment
Romania
A. 4 Gen.Mihail Racoviţă
C. 1A.
D.6 Inf.
C.4 A.
D.1 Blindate Gen.Radu Korne
D.7 Inf.

Cronologie

8.04
D.7 si 8 Inf. rom se retrag treptat din Botosani (si Harlau), spre W, pe alin. Belcesti, Erbiceni, Targul Frumos (TF). Localitatea este ocupata de C.35 Trag, si inca 600 cavaleristi din compunere se apropie de la N. Cca 1000 inf. sov inainteaza din Harlau spre TF si in cursul noptii ocupa Facuti.

Harta germana cu situatia la 8.04 - link

Stirile Sov.InformBiro : Trupele Fr.2 Uk. au fortat Prutul la nord de Iasi pe un sector de 170 km, au rupt apararea inamicului si, in urmarirea trupelor acestuia, au iesit pe Siret, pe un front de 85 km, au ajuns la Dorohoi, Botosani, au cucerit prin lupta peste 150 localitati, din care mai importante Satu-Mare, Varfu-Campului, Bucecea, Vladenii, Cornu, Joldesti, Tudora, Uriceni, Sulita, Chischereni, Cornul-Caprei, Focurile si garile Soldana, Rediu, Reuseni, Todireni, Trusesti, Ungureni, Vorniceni, Broscauti, Vaculesti, Leorda, Bucecea.

9.04
Dimineata, avangarda C.35 ajunge la 6 km SE TF, unde se mai afla un regiment german de siguranta. 12 tancuri germane ale D.24 Tc, sustinute de unitati motorizate, ataca Letcani dinspre W, dar se lovesc de o puternica aparare, incusiv antitanc. Unitatile A.2 Tc sov sunt angrenate in lupte cu unitatile D.24 Tc si nu pot veni spre TF, spre a sustine inaintarea dinspre sud.
In cursul zilei, 60 masini si cateva sute de inf trec pe la SE TF. Satele Munteni si Belcesti sunt ocupate de sovietici, apoi Zahorna. D.7 Inf rom este in retragere pe intreg frontul. La W TF, cavaleria sov ataca D.1 Garda rom.
Spre seara, primele esaloane ale Pz.G.D."GD" sosesc in Iasi. Trupe rom si o masina blindata din D.24 Tc, apara Podul Iloaiei. Cca 1500 soldati sovietici cu cai si carute se apropie de TF dinspre nord. 50-60 tc sov sunt vazute langa Epureni.
In cursul noptii, o grupare mixta ge-ro executa fara rezultat un atac in raion Helestieni.

Stirile SovInformBiro : In cursul 9.04, trupele noastre, in ofensiva intre Prut si Siret, au ocupat prin lupte pe teritoriul romanesc peste 200 localitati, prinre care, mai mari Rogozesti, Candesti,Calinesti, Sarafinesti, Rusi, Fagadau, Cotnarii, Ceplenita, Hodora, Belcesti, Munteni, Valea Oilor, Larga, Zahorna (12 km NW Iasi) si garile Vladeni, Larga, Movileni, Cucuteni, Podu-Iloaiei,, Belcesti, Cotnarii, astfel ca trupele noastre au blocat calea ferata Iasi-Pascani.

10.04
Subunitati de cercetare sovietice ajung la 10 km SW de TF.
La amiaza germanii incep incercuirea TF. Astfel : Stu.Gesch.Abtl.335 si 200 inf. rom, sprijiniti de 18 StuG, se apropie din sud de TF, dinspre Strunga, iar unitati ale Pz.G.D."GD" se deplaseaza la nord de Podu-Iloaiei. Asaltul este sustinut de A.4 Rom., care apara flancul spre sudul vaii, acolo unde este si limita din fata a apararii (HKL - HauptKampfLinie - "Aliniamentul (Linia) Strunga" – linie de aparare intre Iasi – Targu Neamt), la acel moment stabilizata. Misiunea principala mai prevede si nimicirea trupelor sovietice care avansau la S, pe drumul Iasi-TF.
Spre pranz, A.4 rom ?, venind de la S, incheie incercuirea TF in 3 km, iar Pz.G.D."GD" ocupa prin lupta un sat la N Podul-Iloaiei, ulterior captureaza Erbiceni.
Seara, primele tancuri D.”GD” ajung la 10 km W TF. Pe durata intregii zile, I.German Fliegerkorps si C.1 Aerian rom au realizat o puternica acoperire a cotraatacului german.
22.00-02.50, dupa lupte grele, fortele Axei recuceresc TF.

Stirile Sov.Informbiro : In Romania, la W si SW de Botosani, trupele noastre au fortat raurile Siret si Suceava si au cucerit Radauti, Solca, Suceava, nodurile feroviare Darmanesti, Veresti, Dolhasca si au ocupat prin lupta peste alte 150 localitati, intre care Horodnicul, Marginea, Burla, Arbore, Botusana, Pertestii de Sus, Ilisesti, Dragojesti, Horodniceni, Bosancea, Liteni si garile Rauseni, Burdujeni, Milesaut, Baia Suceava, Vicsani, Liteni.
Pe directia Iasi, trupele noastre au fost in ofensiva si au ajuns la orasul si gara TF, de asemenea au ocupat prin lupta alte peste 30 localitati, intre care Cristesti, Goesti, Vulturul (8 km NW Iasi).

11.04
La 03.30, Stu.Gesch.Abtl.335, cu 20 piese, ataca in directia N.
Dimineata, trupele sovietice de la sud drumul Iasi-TF, se retrag spre N. Unitatile in retragere au blocat drumul la vest de Podu-Iloaiei. Spre aici se indreapta si tancurile Tigru, care pana la amiaza restabilesc situatia, in timp ce infanteria romana urmareste pe drum unitatile sovietice in retragere intreaga zi.
Ziua, langa Iasi, trupele sovietice initiaza doua atacuri cu 6 si respectiv 10 tancuri, de la Stanca spre Ungheni, dar sunt respinsi de D.23 Tc.germ.
Pana seara, unitatile Pz.G.D."GD" ajung la calea ferata intre Erbiceni si Belcesti, si ocupa inaltimile la N de TF. Au fost capturate 22 tunuri AT si luati prizonieri 1032 (indoielnic)

Stirile Sov.Informbiro : Pe directia Iasi, trupele noastre, respingand contraatacurile infanteriei si tancurilor inamicului, a continuat actiunile ofensive, in cursul carora a ocupat cateva localitati.

12.04
Pana sa se lumineze, unitatile Pz.G.D."GD" iau cca. 100 prizonieri din randul a trei regimente sovietice care incercasera sa scape spre N. Divizia a pornit si ofensiva spre W de TF, sub acoperirea 1. Romanian Guards Division.
Aviatia rusa distruge podul de peste Prut, Iasi-Ungheni.
La 03.30, in urma unui raid aerian al Axei asupra Harlau, au explodat cu flacari inalte de 200 m rezervele de combustibili ale Armatei Rosii.
Ziua, C.16 Tc. sov cu 70 tancuri, ataca D.24 Tc ge (15 tc, 30 StuG) la nord de Erbiceni si Letcani si ajunge la drumul principal.

Harta germana. Situatia la 12.04 - link

Stirile Sov.Informbiro : In Romania, la SW Botosani, trupele noastre au inaintat prin lupte si au ajuns la Falticeni, ocupand si cateva localitati, intre care Brajesti, Radasani, Baia, Dumbravita.

13.04
Dupa un nou atac, C.16 Tc.Sov. ocupa dimineata Erbiceni si imprejurimile, dar in urma unei noi ofensive, pierde in lupta 9 tancuri, unul fiind capturat de germani in buna stare.
La Bals (intre Harlau si TF) un avion de legatura sovietic, cu posta secreta si un ofiter de stat major, este capturat de unitatile Pz.G.D."GD".
Pana spre seara, unitatile Pz.G.D."GD" isi largesc propriul raion la TF, pana la 6 km est Ruginoasa. In total, fortele axei au luat cca.1000 prizonieri.

Actiunile aeriene
Au participat unitatile C.1 Aerian rom si ale I. Fliegerkorps/Luftflotte 4, impotriva A. 5 Aeriena Sov.  Detalii pe actiuni si zile, site “1944, Batalii la est de Nistru”.
Av.Vanatoare : 
4.IAC, La-5, Balti
7.IAC, R-39, Yampol
Stab, I./JG52, Bf109G, Zilistea
2., 4. Grupul Vanatoare, IAR-81C, Tecuci
7., 9. Grupul Vanatoare, Bf-109G, Tecuci
Av.Atac la Sol 
1 (G)ShAC, IL-2, ? 
IV./SG9, Hs129, Roman
Stab, I., III.,10.(Pz.)/SG2, Ju87D/G, Husi
Stab, I., II./SG10, Fw190F, Leipzig/ Tiraspol/Iasi
8. Grupul Asalt, Hs129, Tecuci
3. Grupul Asalt Picaj, Ju87D
Bombardiere 
1 (G)BAC, Pe-2, А-20, 
I./KG4, He111H, Focsani
5. Grupul Bombardement, Ju88, ?


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The 3rd Dive Bomber Group could not have taken part in the fighting since it was abandoning its aircraft in Crimea at that time. It's the 6th Dive Bomber Group.
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Posted: March 05, 2011 02:27 pm
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On Wikipedia, the story is now much complete and continuously modified by users' contributions. Here they wrote : 1st Air Corps (5th Bomber Group, 8th Assault Group (Hs 129), 9th Fighter Group). Maybe somebody can help there with some posts...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_T%C3%A2rgu_Frumos

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Second_Battle...C3%A2rgu_Frumos
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I see that the losses are given as unknown.
In Krivosheev's reference work on Soviet combat losses, the figures must be given.

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QUOTE (Petre @ March 03, 2011 04:02 pm)
A translationion of the text from wiki.sukhoi.ru :
It is a kind of analisys for http://www.yogysoft.de/Bessarabia_2.htm
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Prima batalie pentru Targu-Frumos
Comandanti : Konev I.S, Bogdanov S.I, Jmacenko F.F, Trofimenko S.G, Otto Wöhler, Hasso von Manteuffel, Mihai Racoviţǎ,
Inceputul
Trupele sovietice care se apropiau dinspre nord urmau doua directii principale : pe valea Prutului, la NW Iasi si pe drumul principal V3, care ducea de la Botosani spre sud, prin TF.
Fortele participante
URSS
A.2 Tc, Gl.Lt.Bogdanov
A.27, Gl.Lt.Trofimenko
C.35 tragatori, de garda, Gl.Lt.Goriacev
D.3 Des.Aerian, de garda
D.93 tragatori, de garda
D.202, 206 tragatori
A.40, Gl.Lt.Jmacenco
C.5 tragatori, Gl.Mr.Avdeenko
D.42 tragatori, de garda
Puterile Axei
Germania
8th Army, Gen.Wohler
Grossdeutschland Panzer Grenadier Division, Gen.Hasso von Manteuffel
Panzer Regiment
Panzer Grenadier Regiment
Panzer Fusilier Regiment
Romania
A. 4 Gen.Mihail Racoviţă
C. 1A.
D.6 Inf.
C.4 A.
D.1 Blindate Gen.Radu Korne
D.7 Inf.

Cronologie

8.04
D.7 si 8 Inf. rom se retrag treptat din Botosani (si Harlau), spre W, pe alin. Belcesti, Erbiceni, Targul Frumos (TF). Localitatea este ocupata de C.35 Trag, si inca 600 cavaleristi din compunere se apropie de la N. Cca 1000 inf. sov inainteaza din Harlau spre TF si in cursul noptii ocupa Facuti.

Harta germana cu situatia la 8.04 - link

Stirile Sov.InformBiro : Trupele Fr.2 Uk. au fortat Prutul la nord de Iasi pe un sector de 170 km, au rupt apararea inamicului si, in urmarirea trupelor acestuia, au iesit pe Siret, pe un front de 85 km, au ajuns la Dorohoi, Botosani, au cucerit prin lupta peste 150 localitati, din care mai importante Satu-Mare, Varfu-Campului, Bucecea, Vladenii, Cornu, Joldesti, Tudora, Uriceni, Sulita, Chischereni, Cornul-Caprei, Focurile si garile Soldana, Rediu, Reuseni, Todireni, Trusesti, Ungureni, Vorniceni, Broscauti, Vaculesti, Leorda, Bucecea.

9.04
Dimineata, avangarda C.35 ajunge la 6 km SE TF, unde se mai afla un regiment german de siguranta. 12 tancuri germane ale D.24 Tc, sustinute de unitati motorizate, ataca Letcani dinspre W, dar se lovesc de o puternica aparare, incusiv antitanc. Unitatile A.2 Tc sov sunt angrenate in lupte cu unitatile D.24 Tc si nu pot veni spre TF, spre a sustine inaintarea dinspre sud.
In cursul zilei, 60 masini si cateva sute de inf trec pe la SE TF. Satele Munteni si Belcesti sunt ocupate de sovietici, apoi Zahorna. D.7 Inf rom este in retragere pe intreg frontul. La W TF, cavaleria sov ataca D.1 Garda rom.
Spre seara, primele esaloane ale Pz.G.D."GD" sosesc in Iasi. Trupe rom si o masina blindata din D.24 Tc, apara Podul Iloaiei. Cca 1500 soldati sovietici cu cai si carute se apropie de TF dinspre nord. 50-60 tc sov sunt vazute langa Epureni.
In cursul noptii, o grupare mixta ge-ro executa fara rezultat un atac in raion Helestieni.

Stirile SovInformBiro : In cursul 9.04, trupele noastre, in ofensiva intre Prut si Siret, au ocupat prin lupte pe teritoriul romanesc peste 200 localitati, prinre care, mai mari Rogozesti, Candesti,Calinesti, Sarafinesti, Rusi, Fagadau, Cotnarii, Ceplenita, Hodora, Belcesti, Munteni, Valea Oilor, Larga, Zahorna (12 km NW Iasi) si garile Vladeni, Larga, Movileni, Cucuteni, Podu-Iloaiei,, Belcesti, Cotnarii, astfel ca trupele noastre au blocat calea ferata Iasi-Pascani.

10.04
Subunitati de cercetare sovietice ajung la 10 km SW de TF.
La amiaza germanii incep incercuirea TF. Astfel : Stu.Gesch.Abtl.335 si 200 inf. rom, sprijiniti de 18 StuG, se apropie din sud de TF, dinspre Strunga, iar unitati ale Pz.G.D."GD" se deplaseaza la nord de Podu-Iloaiei. Asaltul este sustinut de A.4 Rom., care apara flancul spre sudul vaii, acolo unde este si limita din fata a apararii (HKL - HauptKampfLinie - "Aliniamentul (Linia) Strunga" – linie de aparare intre Iasi – Targu Neamt), la acel moment stabilizata. Misiunea principala mai prevede si nimicirea trupelor sovietice care avansau la S, pe drumul Iasi-TF.
Spre pranz, A.4 rom ?, venind de la S, incheie incercuirea TF in 3 km, iar Pz.G.D."GD" ocupa prin lupta un sat la N Podul-Iloaiei, ulterior captureaza Erbiceni.
Seara, primele tancuri D.”GD” ajung la 10 km W TF. Pe durata intregii zile, I.German Fliegerkorps si C.1 Aerian rom au realizat o puternica acoperire a cotraatacului german.
22.00-02.50, dupa lupte grele, fortele Axei recuceresc TF.

Stirile Sov.Informbiro : In Romania, la W si SW de Botosani, trupele noastre au fortat raurile Siret si Suceava si au cucerit Radauti, Solca, Suceava, nodurile feroviare Darmanesti, Veresti, Dolhasca si au ocupat prin lupta peste alte 150 localitati, intre care Horodnicul, Marginea, Burla, Arbore, Botusana, Pertestii de Sus, Ilisesti, Dragojesti, Horodniceni, Bosancea, Liteni si garile Rauseni, Burdujeni, Milesaut, Baia Suceava, Vicsani, Liteni.
Pe directia Iasi, trupele noastre au fost in ofensiva si au ajuns la orasul si gara TF, de asemenea au ocupat prin lupta alte peste 30 localitati, intre care Cristesti, Goesti, Vulturul (8 km NW Iasi).

11.04
La 03.30, Stu.Gesch.Abtl.335, cu 20 piese, ataca in directia N.
Dimineata, trupele sovietice de la sud drumul Iasi-TF, se retrag spre N. Unitatile in retragere au blocat drumul la vest de Podu-Iloaiei. Spre aici se indreapta si tancurile Tigru, care pana la amiaza restabilesc situatia, in timp ce infanteria romana urmareste pe drum unitatile sovietice in retragere intreaga zi.
Ziua, langa Iasi, trupele sovietice initiaza doua atacuri cu 6 si respectiv 10 tancuri, de la Stanca spre Ungheni, dar sunt respinsi de D.23 Tc.germ.
Pana seara, unitatile Pz.G.D."GD" ajung la calea ferata intre Erbiceni si Belcesti, si ocupa inaltimile la N de TF. Au fost capturate 22 tunuri AT si luati prizonieri 1032 (indoielnic)

Stirile Sov.Informbiro : Pe directia Iasi, trupele noastre, respingand contraatacurile infanteriei si tancurilor inamicului, a continuat actiunile ofensive, in cursul carora a ocupat cateva localitati.

12.04
Pana sa se lumineze, unitatile Pz.G.D."GD" iau cca. 100 prizonieri din randul a trei regimente sovietice care incercasera sa scape spre N. Divizia a pornit si ofensiva spre W de TF, sub acoperirea 1. Romanian Guards Division.
Aviatia rusa distruge podul de peste Prut, Iasi-Ungheni.
La 03.30, in urma unui raid aerian al Axei asupra Harlau, au explodat cu flacari inalte de 200 m rezervele de combustibili ale Armatei Rosii.
Ziua, C.16 Tc. sov cu 70 tancuri, ataca D.24 Tc ge (15 tc, 30 StuG) la nord de Erbiceni si Letcani si ajunge la drumul principal.

Harta germana. Situatia la 12.04 - link

Stirile Sov.Informbiro : In Romania, la SW Botosani, trupele noastre au inaintat prin lupte si au ajuns la Falticeni, ocupand si cateva localitati, intre care Brajesti, Radasani, Baia, Dumbravita.

13.04
Dupa un nou atac, C.16 Tc.Sov. ocupa dimineata Erbiceni si imprejurimile, dar in urma unei noi ofensive, pierde in lupta 9 tancuri, unul fiind capturat de germani in buna stare.
La Bals (intre Harlau si TF) un avion de legatura sovietic, cu posta secreta si un ofiter de stat major, este capturat de unitatile Pz.G.D."GD".
Pana spre seara, unitatile Pz.G.D."GD" isi largesc propriul raion la TF, pana la 6 km est Ruginoasa. In total, fortele axei au luat cca.1000 prizonieri.

Actiunile aeriene
Au participat unitatile C.1 Aerian rom si ale I. Fliegerkorps/Luftflotte 4, impotriva A. 5 Aeriena Sov.  Detalii pe actiuni si zile, site “1944, Batalii la est de Nistru”.
Av.Vanatoare : 
4.IAC, La-5, Balti
7.IAC, R-39, Yampol
Stab, I./JG52, Bf109G, Zilistea
2., 4. Grupul Vanatoare, IAR-81C, Tecuci
7., 9. Grupul Vanatoare, Bf-109G, Tecuci
Av.Atac la Sol 
1 (G)ShAC, IL-2, ? 
IV./SG9, Hs129, Roman
Stab, I., III.,10.(Pz.)/SG2, Ju87D/G, Husi
Stab, I., II./SG10, Fw190F, Leipzig/ Tiraspol/Iasi
8. Grupul Asalt, Hs129, Tecuci
3. Grupul Asalt Picaj, Ju87D
Bombardiere 
1 (G)BAC, Pe-2, А-20, 
I./KG4, He111H, Focsani
5. Grupul Bombardement, Ju88, ?


Very interesting, Petre, thank you for your effort.

I cannot help noticing that, in spite of the actual action reports done by the military, the news agency reported continuous advancing and teritorial gains for the Soviets. :unsure:
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From a book of memory :
Ivan Konev : "The Front Commander Notes"
Cpt.5 The Uman-Botoshani Operation.
There are some aspects about the circumstances and the conditions of the battle of Targu-Frumos :

Of all the operations, described in this book, the most difficult was the Uman-Botoshani. The history of warfare don’t know a wider and operationally complexe operation, which would be performed in a land with no roads and spring floods of the rivers …
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Particularly alarming situation was in our neighbor left - 3rd Uk.F. who left far behind.
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Stavka of The High Command demanded from me an offensive along the Dniester river, to the south, to Kishinev... As for the west, Stavka indicated me an offensive with minor forces.
I presented to Stavka the action plan…
The main strike supposed to apply in the direction of Bolotino, Targu Frumos, Roman, Bacau to take the line Radauti(?), Falticeni, Targu Neamt, Piatra, Bacau…
Stavka approved and on April 7 in its Directive recommended me to regroup west of Prut the 2nd or 6th (Sov) Tank Army. Unfortunately, this recommendation could not be performed because the 2nd and the 6th Army at that time had no tanks...
Stavka ordered me April 8 to perform the offensive operation of the 40.A and 27.A with the immediate task to go to the river Siret….
Perform tasks in accordance with the last Stavka Directive was clearly unaffordable for the 2.Uk.F. If at the right wing still were the possibility for an attack, in the center due to the lack of tanks, ammunition, due to the stretching of the rear, the artillery support, the troops fatigue, the operation must be stopped. We needed a break.
About this, being at the Gen.Rotmistrov Army HQ, somewhere in the Targu Frumos area, I reported by HF radio an opinion to Stalin.
I reported that our troops have exceeded all their objectives, have advanced with fights 320-400 km on field with no roads and in incredibly difficult circumstances. Being tired and having a stretched rear, they can't continue to actively carry out tasks; in addition, the left neighbor is very far behind, so all the enemy that is in front of us, throws only against the 2 Uk.F. troops. A respite is needed.
I suggested to shift to defence.
Stalin endorsed the proposal.
- That is right - he said. Shift to defense and bring the troops in order. As for further tasks, with special orders.
The Directive of Stavka on May 6, 1944 confirmed the shift to defense.
So, in late March - early April, the 2nd Uk.F. troops which entered the territory of Romania till the line Radauti, Ogreev, Dubasary, went on defensive.


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