The Battle of Kursk

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Immense in scope, ferocious in nature, and epic in consequence, the Battle of Kursk witnessed (at Prokhorovka) one of the largest tank engagements in world history and led to staggering losses—including nearly 200,000 Soviet and 50,000 German casualties—within the first ten days of fighting. Going well beyond all previous accounts, David Glantz and Jonathan House now offer the definitive work on arguably the greatest battle of World War II.

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Overview

Immense in scope, ferocious in nature, and epic in consequence, the Battle of Kursk witnessed (at Prokhorovka) one of the largest tank engagements in world history and led to staggering losses—including nearly 200,000 Soviet and 50,000 German casualties—within the first ten days of fighting. Going well beyond all previous accounts, David Glantz and Jonathan House now offer the definitive work on arguably the greatest battle of World War II.

Drawing on both German and Soviet sources, Glantz and House separate myth from fact to show what really happened at Kursk and how it affected the outcome of the war. Their access to newly released Soviet archival material adds unprecedented detail to what is known about this legendary conflict, enabling them to reconstruct events from both perspectives and describe combat down to the tactical level.

The Battle of Kursk takes readers behind Soviet lines for the first time to discover what the Red Army knew about the plans for Hitler's offensive (Operation Citadel), relive tank warfare and hand-to-hand combat, and learn how the tide of battle turned. Its vivid portrayals of fighting in all critical sectors place the famous tank battle in its proper context. Prokhorovka here is not a well-organized set piece but a confused series of engagements and hasty attacks, with each side committing its forces piecemeal.

Glantz and House's fresh interpretations demolish many of the myths that suggest Hitler might have triumphed if Operation Citadel had been conducted differently. Their account is the first to provide accurate figures of combat strengths and losses, and it includes 32 maps that clarify troop and tank movements.

Shrouded in obscurity and speculation for more than half a century, the Battle of Kursk finally gets its due in this dramatic retelling of the confrontation that marked the turning point of the war on the Eastern Front and brought Hitler's blitzkrieg to a crashing halt.

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Shrouded in obscurity and speculation for more than half a century, the Battle of Kursk finally gets its due in this dramatic retelling of the confrontation that marked the turning point of the war on the Eastern Front and brought Hitler's blitzkrieg to a halt. Glantz is founder and former director of the US Army's Foreign Military Studies Office. House is professor of history at Gordon College. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780700613359
  • Publisher: University Press of Kansas
  • Publication date: 5/19/2004
  • Series: Modern War Studies Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 472
  • Sales rank: 181,099
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.43 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps, Tables, and Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgments

Prologue: Munich, 3 May 1943

Part I. Background

1. Barbarossa to Donbas: The German Army in the East, 1941-1943

2. The Red Army in 1943

Part II. The German Assault

3. Preparations

4. Frontal Assault, 5-9, July

Part III. Stopping the Blitzkrieg

5. Prokhorovka, 10-15 July

6. The Germans Halt

Part IV. Counteroffensive and Conclusions

7. Soviet Counteroffensives

8. Conclusions

Appendixes:

-German Order of Battle, 1 July 1943

-Red Army Order of Battle, 1 July 1943

-Comparative Strengths and Losses in the Battle of Kursk

-Comparative Armor Strengths at Kursk

-Key German Orders

-Key Soviet Documents

Notes

Selective Bibliography

Index

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  • Posted July 4, 2009

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    Too scholarly

    Porbably the most detailed account of any battle I have ever read. Gets too detailed sometimes for me. I would like more human interest in the book in the form of stories an personal snapshots. Still it is an excellent book, and I enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2003

    Battle of Kursk

    This book has been out around FOUR YEARS, why isn't there a SOFT COVER--is it to force me to buy a different book from a less greedy publisher?

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 15, 2003

    Battle of Kursk

    The conflict at Kursk is a powerful one, as the great tank battle seals Germany's fate. I can't help wondering why a book out this long hasn't a soft cover verson. The price pushes many readers to a different source, which is unfortunate when a story is told this well.

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