Chronicle of war:

1944, may

May 01st, 1944

In the course of May 1, all fronts were relatively quiet. On April 30, our troops put out of action or destroyed 24 German tanks on all fronts. A total of 43 enemy planes were brought down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 02nd, 1944

On May 1, our troops put out of action or destroyed 20 German tanks. A total of 36 enemy planes were brought down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 04th, 1944

On May 3, our troops on all fronts put out of action or destroyed 47 German tanks. A total of 24 enemy planes were brought down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire. Enemy troops and materiel were hit by our Air Force in the Sevastopol area.

May 03rd, 1944

In the course of May 3, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 2, our troops on all fronts put out of action or destroyed 58 German tanks. A total of 38 enemy planes were brought down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 06th, 1944

During the day and night of May 4, our Air Force continued to deal strikes against enemy vessels in the Black Sea. As a result of the attacks, a transport of 3,000 tons displacement and two patrol boats were sunk. Two other enemy transports were seriously damaged.

May 07th, 1944

During the afternoon and night of May 6, large Air Force formations bombed and strafed enemy troops and materiel in the Sevastopol area. Bombs were dropped on concentrations of German and Romanian troops, armaments, defense installations, stores, an airfield, and enemy vessels in the port of Sevastopol...

During the course of May 5, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 4, our troops on all fronts put out of action or destroyed 35 German tanks. A total of 74 enemy planes were shot down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 08th, 1944

On May 7, our troops put out of action or destroyed 52 German tanks. A total of 41 enemy planes were shot down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire. Additionally, 15 planes were destroyed on the airfields.

May 09th, 1944

In the early hours of May 9, our Air Force dealt strikes against enemy vessels in the area of Sevastopol. Air formations bombarded transports and other enemy vessels in Kazachya, Streletskaya and Kamyshevaya bays. As a result of the bombing, over 30 fires were started. Transports, berths and military storehouses caught fire. Several of the vessels were in flames and exploded. Explosions of great force were also seen on the piers and in the warehouse area.

May 10th, 1944

On the morning of May 9, Black Sea Fleet air reconnaissance detected enemy transports and other vessels out at sea. As a result of strikes delivered by the fleet's Air Force, direct bomb hits sank two transports with a total displacement of 4,000 tons, a patrol boat, and several fast landing barges. A number of other enemy vessels were damaged.

May 11st, 1944

During the course of May 11, on the bridgehead set up on the right bank of the DNIESTER River, north-west of the city of TIRASPOL, our troops repulsed attacks by large enemy infantry and tank forces and inflicted heavy losses on enemy manpower and materiel.

May 12nd, 1944

In the course of May 12, on the bridgehead established on the right bank of the DNIESTER River, our troops repulsed repeated attacks by large enemy infantry and tank forces, inflicting heavy losses on enemy manpower and materiel. As a result of two days of stubborn fighting, our troops put out of action or destroyed up to 100 German tanks. The enemy lost more than 4,000 officers and men killed.

May 13rd, 1944

In the course of May 13, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 12, our troops put out of action or destroyed 49 German tanks. A total of 20 enemy planes were brought down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 14th, 1944

As a result of bombing at the railway junction at Brest, up to 30 fires were started. Particularly large blazes were observed in the central, north-western and south-eastern parts of Brest-Tsentralnaya railway station. The fires were accompanied by strong explosions. While bombarding the junction, our aircraft opened machine gun and canon fire on railway trains at intermediate stations on the approaches to Brest, and on enemy truck convoys on highways...

May 15th, 1944

In the course of May 15, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 14, our troops put out of action or destroyed 19 German tanks. A total of 33 enemy planes were shot down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 16th, 1944

In the early hours of May 16, our Air Force raided the railway junction at Polotsk. It bombarded military storehouses and enemy trains on the tracks of the junction. The bombing caused numerous fires. Seven explosions took place among the blazes, including one of great force.

May 17th, 1944

In the early hours of May 17, long-range Air Force units bombarded concentrations of enemy troop trains and military warehouses at the railway junctions at Minsk, Baranovichi and Kholm (west of Kovel).

May 18th, 1944

During the course of May 18, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 17, 10 German tanks were knocked out or destroyed. A total of 25 enemy planes were shot down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 19th, 1944

In the course of May 19, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 18, our troops put out of action or destroyed 14 German tanks. A total of 43 enemy planes were brought down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 20th, 1944

In the course of May 20, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 19, a total of 31 enemy planes were brought down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 21st, 1944

In the course of May 21, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 20, a total of 52 enemy planes were shot down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 22nd, 1944

During the course of May 22, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 21, a total of 17 enemy planes were brought down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 23rd, 1944

In the course of May 23, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 22, a total of 14 enemy planes were shot down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 24th, 1944

In the course of May 24, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 23, our troops knocked out or destroyed 27 German tanks and self-propelled guns. A total of 9 enemy planes were brought down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 25th, 1944

In the course of May 25, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 24, a total of 17 enemy planes were shot down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire.

May 26th, 1944

Our air reconnaissance detected an enemy convoy consisting of five transports, five torpedo boats, and other escort ships in the Barents Sea. On the night of May 25, the fleet's Air Force carried out a series of mass bombing, strafing and torpedo raids against the enemy vessels. As a result of these strikes, two German transports with a total displacement of up to 15,000 tons were sunk, along with one torpedo boat and one escort ship.

May 27th, 1944

In the course of May 27, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 26, a total of 30 enemy planes were brought down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire. Our torpedo bombers attacked enemy transports.

May 28th, 1944

In the course of May 28, all fronts were relatively quiet. A total of 14 enemy planes were shot down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire. Our ships sunk a German submarine in the Gulf of Finland.

May 29th, 1944

In the course of May 29, all fronts were relatively quiet. On May 28, a total of 33 enemy planes were shot down in air battles or by anti-aircraft fire. Our Air Force launched a massive bombing raid against enemy airfields.

May 30th, 1944

In the course of May 30, in the area north of JASSY, our troops repulsed attacks by massive enemy infantry and tank forces. The enemy managed to dent our defenses slightly, but suffered great losses in manpower and materiel. According to preliminary figures, our troops in one day of fighting destroyed or put out of action 50 German tanks and brought down 36 aircraft.

May 31st, 1944

In the course of May 31, in the area north of JASSY, our troops successfully repulsed attacks by large enemy infantry and tank forces and inflicted heavy manpower and materiel losses on them. In one day of fighting, our troops destroyed 27 German tanks and brought down 58 enemy aircraft.

 



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