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The Battle of Kursk
Glantz, David M.
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Publication Information:
Lawrence, Kan. : University Press of Kansas, [1999]

Physical Description:
xiii, 472 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
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D764.3.K8 G53 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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A study of the Battle of Kursk (at Prokhorovka), one of the largest tank engagements in world history, which led to staggering losses - imncluding nearly 200,000 Soviet and 50,000 German casualties within the first ten days of fighting. Drawing on both German and Soviet sources, David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House seek to separate myth from fact to show what really happened at Kursk and how it affected the outcome of World War II. Their access to Soviet archive material adds detail to what is known about this conflict, enabling them to reconstruct events from both perspectives and describe combat down to the tactical level.

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Using German sources and newly available Soviet records, Glantz (Foreign Military Studies Office) and House (Gordon College) have written a comprehensive, revisionist account of the battle of Kursk, July-August 1943, perhaps one of the truly decisive battles of WW II. Beginning with an analysis of battle plans, the authors describe the massive struggle as German armies failed to wipe out the Kursk bulge on the Eastern front. The Soviet High Command, which had learned bitter lessons from earlier defeats, had time, thanks to military intelligence, to not only establish defenses in depth but also prepare the first genuine Soviet offensive operation of the war. In this battle, which included one of the largest tank engagements in military history, Soviet armies, while sustaining terrible losses, were able for the first time to halt a German blitzkrieg without deep penetration. Kursk meant that German armies would no longer drive deep into the Soviet Union, as they had in 1941 and 1942. Well researched, with numerous maps, illustrations, and appendixes containing important German and Soviet documents, this book ought to be in every WW Il collection. Highly recommended. All levels. K. Eubank; CUNY Queens College