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  • proper noun Soviet armed forces headquarters during World War 2, directly under the control of Stalin.


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  • Our object was to reach Mohileff, where Russian General Headquarters, known as the "Stavka," were stationed.

    Experiences of a Dug-out, 1914-1918 1893

  • Unknown to OKH, Stavka had succeeded over the last few weeks in amassing a formidable number of reserve formations.

    Sealing Their Fate David Downing 2009

  • At one Stavka session in November 1941, Marshal Timoshenko told his colleagues that oil was the crucial factor, and that all that the Soviets needed to do was force the Germans to increase their consumption while denying them access to fresh supplies.

    Sealing Their Fate David Downing 2009

  • The surprise was complete: Stavka, alarmed by reports that German units approached the border in battle deployment, had at 00:30 AM ordered to warn the border troops that war was imminent, but not a single unit was alerted in time.

    Today In History And Alternate History 2006

  • General Vasilevsky was the Stavka representative and supervisor of the front, as I too make clear.

    The Stalingrad Front Beevor, Antony 2000

  • More important, he does not identify Vasilevsky as commander of Uranus but refers to him in the Soviet Order of Battle for that operation only as a representative of the Stavka along with Zhukov and another staff officer.

    The Stalingrad Front Beevor, Antony 2000

  • Noel Annan replies: I cordially agree with Mr. Dworan that the Lucy ring gave priceless information to the Stavka, and I certainly did not want to suggest that Cairncross alone fed the Red Army details of the German order of battle.

    Serving the KGB Dworan, Shale 1995

  • Stavka, the headquarters of the Red Army, issued the commanders in chief of the Bryansk and Voronezh Fronts the following instructions for the defense of the salient: "During the defensive battle inflict maximum losses on the enemy assault groups from the north and south, wipe out their forces and then begin the counteroffen-sive" (W.G. Posnyak, The Battle near Kursk).

    Panzer Aces Kurowski, Franz 1992

  • This, the Stavka was determined, was to be the last battle.

    Barbarossa Clark, Alan 1965

  • The Stavka calculation was simple, with every factor subject to rational prediction, as befitted Köstring's

    Barbarossa Clark, Alan 1965


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