Kursk 1943: The Tide Turns in the East

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Osprey's examination of the Kursk campaign of World War II (1939-1945). In the summer of 1943 the German army stood poised for a major offensive. The attack was aimed at the Kursk salient, which the Germans intended to isolate, trapping large numbers of Russian troops and paving the way for the decisive campaign to knock the Soviet Union out of the war. By the time of the attack, the Russians had turned the salient into a mass of defensive positions. In the following decisive clash, the Soviets bled ...
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Overview

Osprey's examination of the Kursk campaign of World War II (1939-1945). In the summer of 1943 the German army stood poised for a major offensive. The attack was aimed at the Kursk salient, which the Germans intended to isolate, trapping large numbers of Russian troops and paving the way for the decisive campaign to knock the Soviet Union out of the war. By the time of the attack, the Russians had turned the salient into a mass of defensive positions. In the following decisive clash, the Soviets bled Germany's vital Panzer forces white and finally took the initiative. The counter-offensive which followed began an advance that would end in the ruins of Berlin.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781855322110
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 5/28/1992
  • Series: Campaign Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 810,544
  • Product dimensions: 7.24 (w) x 9.76 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Healy was born in 1953. He has a Master’s degree in Political Theology from Bristol University. He is by profession a schoolteacher and is head of the Humanities faculty at a large school in Somerset. He has written a number of Osprey titles including Elite 40 New Kingdom Egypt and Campaign 22 Qadesh 1300BC. He has a great interest in both the ancient and modern periods, is married with one son.
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Table of Contents

The Origins of the Battle 7
The Opposing Commanders 13
The Soviet Commanders 13
The German Commanders 14
The Opposing Armies 17
The German Army 17
The Luftwaffe 20
The Soviet Army 23
Opposing Plans and Preparations 27
The German Plans 27
The Soviet Plans 29
The Soviet Defences 31
The Battle of Kursk 33
5 July: Ninth Army/Central Front 33
Fourth Panzer Army/Army Detachment 'Kempf'/Voronezh Front 37
XLVIII Panzer Corps 41
II SS Panzer Corps 44
Army Detachment 'Kempf' 49
6-9 July Ninth Army/Central Front 49
6-9 July II SS Panzer Corps and XLVIII Panzer Corps 60
Army Detachment 'Kempf' 69
10 July: Ninth Army/Central Front 71
Army Group South/Voronezh Front 72
11 July: Ninth Army/Central Front 74
Army Detachment 'Kempf'/Voronezh Front 75
II SS Panzer Corps/Voronezh Front 76
12 July: The Tank Battle of Prokhorovka 77
13 July: The Wolfsschanze 88
The Aftermath 90
Chronology 91
A Guide to Further Reading 92
Wargaming Kursk 93
Index 95
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