Kursk 1943: A Statistical Analysisby Anders Frankson, Niklas Zetterling
Pub. Date: 06/28/2000
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Zetterling (operations, Swedish National Defense College) and Frankson, who has published articles on Soviet military history provide a statistical dimension to the World War II battle at Kursk, often referred to as the greatest tank battle in history. They augment previous accounts based on Soviet records and German memoirs by drawing on German archival documents and recent Russian studies to identify with some precision such aspects as what forces were engaged, how they were equipped, what their casualties were, and what the cost of the battle was. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Table of ContentsBackground; the assembly of forces; structure of involved forces; tanks employed at Zitadelle; the air war; chronology of the offensive; Prokhorovka; the cost of the battle; an analysis of the battle; the consequences of the battle.
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Niklas Zetterling has written a very lucid and persuasive study on facts about the battle of kursk based on russian data for soviet and on german data on wehrmacht troop strenght and casualities. He presents a wealth of data on the wehrmacht that is not easily accessible elsewhere and he shows the battle as one episode of a gruel war of attrition between the wehrmacht and soviet troops which, according to his (wehrmacht based - and here lurks a problem of its own) data, the wehrmacht was not sure to loose up to 1944. The text lost the fifth star for the rather barren and very short narrative of the battle itself which is a very far cry from thucydides or shelby foote. therefore I recomend the use of a companion text like david glantz's book on kursk.
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