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The Battle for Kursk, 1943 : the Soviet General Staff study
Glantz, David M.
Publication Information:
London ; Portland, OR : F. Cass, [1999]

Physical Description:
xviii, 349 pages : maps ; 23 cm.
General Note:
Originally published: Collection of materials for the study of war experience, no. 11. Moscow : Military Publishing House of the People's Commissariat of Defense, 1944.

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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.

Author Notes

David M. Glantz is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and the University of North Carolina, He is the founder and former Director of the US Foreign Military Studies Office, Combined Arms Command, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Harold S. Orenstein is a specialist in Central and East European political and military affairs. He was formerly Chief of the Central and East European Defense Studies Group at SHAPE, Belgium.

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Choice Review

Rather than an official history, this is the translated and edited version of the 1944 Red Army staff study of the seven climactic days in early July 1943, when the Soviet air and ground armies finally stunned the German blitzkrieg. From then on, the Russians dominated not only the winter fighting but also the summer, marching steadily on to victory on the Eastern Front. Glantz, the acknowledged expert on the Soviet army in the "Great Patriotic War," has recovered this study from the recently opened archives in Moscow and made it available. Although the study includes the original, not very readable Soviet maps, a glossary, list of principal officers on both sides, and a few footnotes, it lacks a bibliography, which must be sought in Glantz and Jonathan M. House's The Battle of Kursk (CH, Apr'00). Those interested in a staff appreciation of the Soviet side of the battle of Kursk will find both strategic and tactical grist here. Upper-division undergraduates and above. R. Higham; Kansas State University

Table of Contents

Major-General P. P. Vechnyi
List of Mapsp. viii
List of Tablesp. x
Editor's Forewordp. xiii
Forewordp. xvii
1. The Fundamentals of the Organization of the Kursk Bridgehead Defensep. 1
The Overall Situationp. 1
Planning the Defensive Operationp. 7
Correlation of Forces before the German Offensivep. 24
General Conclusionsp. 28
2. Preparation of the Kursk Bridgehead for Defensep. 31
Characteristics of the Defensive Worksp. 31
Organization of the System of Firesp. 42
Troop Combat Trainingp. 45
Conclusionsp. 49
3. Brief Characteristics of German Operations in the July Operationp. 51
Regroupings and the Creation of Reservesp. 51
The German Command's Planp. 54
Enemy Preparation for the Offensivep. 60
General Course of the German Offensivep. 64
General Conclusionsp. 68
4. The Defensive Battle for the Kursk Bridgeheadp. 73
The Defensive Battle on the Belgorod-Kursk Axisp. 73
The Defensive Battle on the Central Front's Right Flankp. 107
Results and Conclusionsp. 119
5. Troop Control during the Defensive Battle in the Kursk Bridgeheadp. 129
Operational Planningp. 130
Control of Execution and Practical Assistance for Forcesp. 133
Organization of Troop Command and Controlp. 138
Conclusionsp. 143
6. Protecting Junctions in the Defense: From the Experience of the Voronezh Frontp. 147
Organization of Junction Defense between the Voronezh and the Southwestern Frontsp. 151
Protecting the Junction between the 6th and the 7th Guards Armiesp. 154
Some Conclusionsp. 158
7. Artillery Support of the Kursk Bridgehead Defensep. 161
Grouping of Artilleryp. 163
Preparation and Planning of Artillery Supportp. 174
Artillery Operations during the Defensive Battlep. 184
Brief General Conclusionsp. 193
8. Tank Forces in the Defense of the Kursk Bridgeheadp. 196
Combat Operations of the 2d Tank Armyp. 196
Combat Operations of the 1st Tank Armyp. 208
Combat Operations of the 5th Guards Tank Armyp. 220
Conclusions Regarding the Operational Employment of Tank Armies in the Defensive Operationp. 228
Conclusionsp. 234
9. Air Operations in the Battle of Kurskp. 238
Preparation of Aviation for Combat Operationsp. 238
Air Operations during the Defensive Battle: the Belgorod-Kursk Axisp. 249
Air Operations during the Defensive Battle: the Orel-Kursk Axisp. 262
Some Questions Concerning the Combat Employment of Aviationp. 257
General Conclusionsp. 270
10. Engineer Support of the Defensive Operationp. 273
Missions of Engineer Forces and Engineer Supportp. 273
Fortification of the Terrainp. 275
Mine-demolition Obstacles [Minefields]p. 283
Road and Bridge Work: Based on Voronezh Front Informationp. 291
Maskirovka [Deception and Camouflage]: Based on Voronezh Front Informationp. 292
Engineer Reconnaissancep. 293
The Work of Engineer Forces Headquartersp. 295
General Conclusionsp. 296
11. The Maneuver of Mobile Antitank Reserves in a Defensive Operationp. 298
The Formation of the Antitank Defensep. 298
Mobile Antitank Reservesp. 302
The Fight of All Artillery Calibers with Enemy Tanksp. 307
General Conclusionsp. 315
Editor's Appendices
Appendix 1 List of Abbreviationsp. 319
Appendix 2 Key Soviet and German Command Personnelp. 320
Appendix 3 Editor's Mapsp. 322
Indexp. 331