Kursk: Hitler's Gamble, 1943

Kursk: Hitler's Gamble, 1943

by Walter S. Dunn Jr.
     
 

ISBN-10: 0275957330

ISBN-13: 9780275957339

Pub. Date: 08/28/1997

Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated

The battle of Kursk was the last major German offensive on the Eastern Front. The battle began well for the Germans, but the Russians delayed them long enough for reserves to come forward. Soon the defenders outnumbered the attackers, and Hitler called off the attack. The Russian victory at Kursk resulted from a massive rebuilding of the Red Army in 1943, which

Overview

The battle of Kursk was the last major German offensive on the Eastern Front. The battle began well for the Germans, but the Russians delayed them long enough for reserves to come forward. Soon the defenders outnumbered the attackers, and Hitler called off the attack. The Russian victory at Kursk resulted from a massive rebuilding of the Red Army in 1943, which included new unit organizations and weapons designed to counter the German Tiger and Panther tanks. The German defeat signalled the transfer of the initiative to the Russians and demonstrated to the Western Allies that the Soviet Union could defeat the Germans without a second front. Based on recently declassified Russian information and an analysis of captured German records, this book gives a detailed description of both the German and Soviet forces involved and evaluates the quality of the units on both sides.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780275957339
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
08/28/1997
Pages:
216
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.56(d)
Lexile:
1570L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

The Strategic Position, April 1943

Rebuilding the Red Army

The Germans Rebuild

The German Order of Battle

The Soviet Order of Battle

Soviet and German Armor

The Soviet Defense System

Breaking Through in the South

Cracking the Second Defense Line

Fighting for the Third Defense Line

Stalemate in the South

The North Shoulder

Conclusion

Bibliography

Index

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