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Title:
Images of Kursk : history's greatest tank battle, July 1943
Author:
Cornish, Nik, 1954-
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Dulles, Va. : Brassey's, Inc., [2002]

©2002
Physical Description:
224 pages : illustrations, maps ; 27 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781574885767
Format :
Book

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Images of Kursk is an illustrated account of a pivotal battle on the eastern front during World War II. At Kursk, the Germans threw 900,000 men and 2,500 tanks against more than 1 million soldiers and 3,000 tanks of the Red Army in a savage battle of attrition. Unlike many pictorial accounts of the war on the eastern front, Images of Kursk draws upon both German and Russian archive material. All the photographs of the Red Army at Kursk, moreover, are previously unpublished images. The book begins with the buildup of forces before the battle and then illustrates the offensive by two German army groups against the Kursk salient. The images convey the true scale, intensity, and horror of the fighting as the Germans tried in vain to batter their way through the Soviet defensive systems. A chapter is devoted to the climactic battle at the village of Prokhorovka, in which 1,000 tanks engaged each other furiously at point-blank range. With authoritative text and extended captions,Images of Kursk is an enthralling pictorial record of the battle that shifted the strategic initiative on the eastern front to the Red Army for good. Written in an informative yet exciting style, it will appeal to military specialists and laymen alike.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 6
Chapter 1 Rearming the Wehrmachtp. 30
Chapter 2 Soviet Preparationsp. 50
Chapter 3 The First Dayp. 70
Chapter 4 Northern Deadlockp. 92
Chapter 5 Target Oboyanp. 106
Chapter 6 The Air Battlep. 118
Chapter 7 Slaughter at Ponyrip. 132
Chapter 8 Crisis in the Salientp. 146
Chapter 9 SS Spearheadp. 160
Chapter 10 Tanks Burning Like Torchesp. 176
Chapter 11 Withdrawalp. 190
Chapter 12 Aftermathp. 204
Appendices
German Army formations committed to Citadelp. 217
Major Red Army formations committed to Citadelp. 218
Losses at Kurskp. 219
German tank aces at Kurskp. 220
Bibliographyp. 221
Indexp. 222