The Battle for Kursk, 1943: The Soviet General Staff Study / Edition 1

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This volume offers detailed information about the Red Army's preparation for and conduct of the Battle of Kursk, the nature of the war on the German Eastern Front, and on the range of horrors that have characterized warfare in the 20th century.

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Prepared by the Red Army General Staff in 1944 from combat reports and other top-secret archive material, a practical and candid internal document by which the Army sought to understand the preparation for and operation of the July 1943 battle that decidedly stopped the German advance eastward. It provides information on areas ranging from overall Soviet strategic intents and military planning and the employment of large-scale armored and air forces to mundane matters such as planning artillery fire, engineer preparation of the battlefield, and logistical support. Glantz and Orenstein, both specialists in Soviet military and political events during the Great Patriotic War add corrections, clarification for the original maps included, information from other sources, and some sober notes to rebalance the sometimes exuberant self-congratulation. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780714644936
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/29/1999
  • Series: Soviet (Russian) Study of War Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,041,916
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.76 (d)

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Stone & Stone: Second World War Book Book Review- " provides a deeply detailed analysis of the Battle of Kursk...the book is clearly devoted to investigating a variety of technical topics which would be of most interest to the generals responsible for planning and fighting similar battles."

The Journal of Military History, Vol 64, No 2, April 2000

"This contemporary wartime Soviet General Staff study supplies a wealth of detail which gives it immediate, present-day relevance ... In the vast and varies historiography of the battle of Kursk this Soviet General Staff survey occupies a unique place, much of its material either surprisingly fresh or directly pertinent to clarifying aspects and incidents long obscured."


"Those interested in a staff appreciation of the Soviet side of the battle of Kursk will find both strategic and tactical grist here."


" a reader can profit from examining this study as a good example of a thorough report and a staff producing optimal work even while operating under the stress of war".

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