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Located on the approaches to Moscow, the city of Smolensk saw fierce fighting in the summer of 1941.
German armoured divisions of Army Group Centre began an offensive on July 10, 1941, to encircle Soviet forces in the Smolensk area. Soviet resistance was strong, and several counter-attacks were conducted.
The Soviets even managed to temporarily break the German encirclement and to evacuate troops out of the pocket. The battle ended in early September.
The bitter fighting had considerably delayed the overall German advance toward Moscow, so that defence lines further east could be strengthened.
Smolensk was awarded the Hero Town honorary title and the Gold Star medal in 1985.