Darkmil wrote:Initially, the Poles established control over most of central Warsaw, but the Soviets ignored Polish attempts to establish radio contact and did not advance beyond the city limits. Intense street fighting between the Germans and Poles continued. By 14 September, Polish forces under Soviet high command occupied the east bank of the Vistula river opposite the resistance positions; but only 1,200 men made it across to the west bank, and they were not reinforced by the bulk of the Red Army.
As far as I know, the timeline is somewhat like that:
1 aug - AK captures Praha.
by 3rd aug - Wehrmacht takes it back under control - act that basically seals the whole uprising on the other side of Vistula.
by 5th aug - soviet 47th Army takes position in front of Praha, facing - at very least - 73rd Inf Division and 5th SS Pz Division.
20th aug - 1st Armia Wojska Polskiego arrives to reinforce 47th Army's positions.
somewhen before 10th sep - army intelligence spots that elements of 5th SS PzD which was supposed to be around Praha are engaged in fights around Modlin to the north of Warsaw.
10-14 sep - 1st AWP and 47th Army liberate Praha after intense urban combat. Retreating german forces demolish the bridges across Vistula. Attempts to force the river are repulsed.
The "bulk of Red Army" was desperately fighting to the north and south of Warsaw, at that exact moment. Defending two sort-of-estabilished beacheads to the south across Vistula (which - both soviets and germans knew - would be critical for an eventual new offensive) and trying to make another beachhead to the north at Modlin. Which, if you think about it looks a hell lot like soviet command trying to encircle Warsaw instead of trying to bash directly into it. Except neither prong really did manage to advance much until a proper offensive was made in January.
P.S. Everyone knows that soviet "Army" formation was way smaller than Wehrmacht "Army" formation, right? Just so you understand that 47th Army vs 2 divisions in urban terrain wasn't having any sort of "overwhelming advantage" in force.