Ostrogozhsk–Rossosh offensive

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The Ostrogozhsk–Rossosh offensive (Russian: Острогожско-Россошанская операция) was an offensive of the Voronezh Front on the Eastern Front of World War II against the Hungarian 2nd Army and parts of the Italian 8th Army as part of the Voronezh–Kharkov offensive.

Ostrogozhsk–Rossosh offensive
Part of the Eastern Front of World War II
Date13 January 1943[1] – 27 January 1943
Result Soviet victory
 Soviet Union
Commanders and leaders
Hungary Gusztáv Jány
Kingdom of Italy Italo Gariboldi
Soviet Union Filipp Golikov
Soviet Union Pavel Rybalko
Units involved
Hungary 2nd Army
Kingdom of Italy 8th Army
Soviet Union 6th Army
Soviet Union 3rd Tank Army
260,000 unknown
Casualties and losses
52,000 killed
71,000 captured
33,000 killed or wounded

The offensive is better known as part of Operation Little Saturn, made in support of the Stalingrad encirclement. The offensive was supported from the south by the right flank of the Soviet 6th Army and the 3rd Tank Army of Pavel Rybalko.


  1. ^ Some sources give January 12 as the start of the operation. On this day the combat reconnaissance ("probing") was carried out by Soviet advance guard troops. The major Soviet forces were put into action on the next day.


  • (in Russian) Голиков Ф. И. Острогожско-Россошанская операция, Военно-исторический журнал, 1973, № 1. [1]
  • (in German) Thomas Schlemmer (Hrsg.) : Die Italiener an der Ostfront 1942/43: Dokumente zu Mussolinis Krieg gegen die Sowjetunion (übersetzt von Georg Kuck). München, Oldenbourg, 2005, 291 pages, Literaturverz. S. [275] – 283. Schriftenreihe der Vierteljahrshefte für Zeitgeschichte 91, ISBN 3-486-57847-2.
  • (in German) V. P. Morozov: Westlich von Woronesh: Kurzer militärhistorischer Abriss der ..., veröffentlicht 1959, Verlag des Ministeriums für Nationale Verteidigung, 202 pages.
  • (in Italian) Alessandro Massignani: Alpini e Tedeschi sul Don. Edizioni Gino Rossato, Novale-Valdagno (Vicenza) 1991.
  • (in Italian) Mario Rigoni Stern: Ritorno sul Don. Einaudi 1973, Edizione collana Nuovi Coralli, ISBN 88-06-38026-5.