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The Battle of Kursk


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ISBN13: 9780700613359
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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.

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.


This Main Selection of the History Book Club is "an outstanding work on one of the most significant battles of World War II" ("Journal of Military History"). 45 photos. 32 maps.

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List of Maps, Tables, and Illustrations



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


-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


Selective Bibliography


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Linda Kobold, November 18, 2009 (view all comments by Linda Kobold)
Kursk involved the clash of massive German and Russian forces in western Russia following the German military calamity at Stalingrad; and so the Battle of Kursk both augmented and accelerated the Russian military advance into Berlin and Germany's consequent collapse in World War II. How that happened is told in such tediously minute detail in this book that trying to learn what happened is like trying to understand the exterior of a cathedral by studying it only brick by brick. Worse, the military maps in the book are the worst even imaginable: small white-on-gray script requires a magnifying glass and much more than reasonable people have time to try and decipher; battle lines are thicker and thinner gray, white, solid, and like pale intermixed side-by-sides that make visual identification naught but exasperation, the flow of battle impossible to decipher. Even identifying something as simple as one city's location from map to map is ... wasted time. The book is endless facts from a blender poured onto the page; even its fine outline blurs the battle's evolution in the sense of grouping those facts into Stuff A, Stuff B, and so on and on from start to finish. -- Consequently, I recommend this book for parents with a child who needs to sit higher in a high chair. Major detail; major fog of war. Major disappointment. -- I can hardly wait for a 50-page comic-book version to come out so readers can learn in clearer description what the Battle of Kursk was all about, how it evolved, and how its military and historical significance--along with its horrendous cost in human life--is to be gauged.
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Product Details

Glantz, David M
University Press of Kansas
Glantz, David M.
House, Jonathan M.
Military - World War II
Europe - Germany
Europe - Russia & the Former Soviet Union
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Modern War Studies
Publication Date:
9.04x6.04x1.43 in. 1.73 lbs.

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