The Lwów–Sandomierz Offensive was launched in July 1944 using troops of the 1st Ukrainian Front under the command of General Ivan Konev. The offensive coincided with other Red Army operations further north, including the Lublin–Brest Offensive and Operation Bagration, which aimed to liberate Belorussia, in an attempt to draw German reserve troops south. The offensive was launched with a concentrated attack between Rawa-Ruska and Lwów beginning on 13–14 August to maximize the Soviet numerical advantage over the Germans. The 1st Ukrainian front managed to break through the German defences in the Lwów area, after taking the city on 26 July, and continued west towards the next objective, Sandomierz. German reinforcements began to arrive in August and were used to launch a counterattack to push the Red Army back to the east of the River Vistula. Despite German counterattacks the Red army held its position and captured Sandomierz shortly afterwards.
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