The Minsk Offensive (Russian: Минская наступательная операция) was part of the second phase of the Belorussian Strategic Offensive of the Red Army in summer 1944, commonly known as Operation Bagration.
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... into Belorussia to cover the approaches to Minsk, while the units of Fourth Army began to withdraw over the Berezina crossings, where they were pounded by heavy air bombardment ... After forcing crossings of the Berezina, Soviet forces closed in on Minsk ... and 65th Army closed the encirclement to the west of Minsk, trapping the entire German Fourth Army, and much of the remnants of Ninth Army ...
... Within the broader strategic framework of Operation Bagration, the Minsk Offensive was a complete success The capital of the Belorussian SSR, Minsk, was liberated after three years of German occupation ... plus many of the elements of Ninth Army that had escaped from the Bobruysk Offensive, was destroyed ... Fronts were subsequently committed to the third 'pursuit' phase of the strategic offensive in the Vilnius and Belostock Offensives respectively ...
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