The Battle of Kursk

The Battle of Kursk 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

  • Title: The Battle of Kursk
  • Author: David M. Glantz Jonathan M. House
  • ISBN: 9780700609789
  • Page: 256
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 offerImmense 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 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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    1. The Battle of Kursk was a decisive Nazi-Soviet tank battle at Prokhorovka, which went on for days, wreaked massive destruction on both sides, and turned the tides of the war — from then on the Nazi army was in retreat, with the Soviets hot on their heels. This was one of those books that fascinate you and make you want to tear out all your hair at the same time. This is because the maneuvers are described in excruciating detail. Like this: Although the 170th Tank Brigade lost its commander and [...]

    2. This is a typical Glantz book - very heavy on details, to the point where it becomes difficult to follow, which is why he loses a star. I think Glantz is one, along with Jonathan House, of the leading historians of the Soviet Army during World War II. The Battle of Kursk is not his best effort, however, it is still very good. The book goes into the massive deception effort the Soviets conducted in order to lure the Germans into a massive and extremely well defended salient. The Soviets had used [...]

    3. There is no denying that this account of Kursk by David Glantz and Jonathan House is extremely well researched. The amount of detail is awe inspiring with 165 pages in the appendixes dedicated to OB's, strengths & losses, comparative armour strengths and key German & Soviet documents. The maps, some 32 in all, are very detailed however I must admit that at time they were still hard to read due to the amount of detail. The book itself was well presented and the photos were excellent. The [...]

    4. The battle at Kursk was a horrific and bloody battle on the eastern front in the Second World War. Huge armies engaged here--almost 1 and a half million Soviet troops against many hundreds of thousands of German soldiers. The German leadership hoped to snuff out the Soviet salient at Kursk and buy time against the Soviet hordes. It was also a colossal armored battle. Much bloodletting. The end result was that the Germans were badly bloodied and the Soviet forces began to take greater initiative. [...]

    5. It's what you think -- a detailed operational history of Kursk. There's not much of a thesis here other than the fairly obvious: Kursk was a major turning point in the war in that the Nazis were never on the offensive after this, although they didn't have much chance of winning here anyway, and it's hard to imagine what they would have done afterward even if they did. The book's major value is less in its overall argumentation than as a corrective to some of the legends that have spring up, part [...]

    6. The single best researched, deeply engrossing tome on the battle of Kursk, an excellent source for understanding all levels (Strategic, Operational, Tactical) of that titanic battle. A bit dry.

    7. It is always good to remember that the German war aims on the Eastern front going back into WWI, let alone WWII, were to control Eastern Europe and the Ukraine and push the Russians back into Asia. As the tide of war on the Eastern front turned after the failures at Moscow and Stalingrad, the German war aims retooled into their core essentials: control of the Ukraine as a breadbasket and stabilizing the Russian front in preparation of a two front war with both Russia and the Western alliance. It [...]

    8. Deep Kursk battle research for those who interested in numbers of division/corps/army and their relative positions on day by day basis.

    9. There used to be a title called The Tigers are Burning by a raffish old author named Martin Caiden, more famous for his co-authoring Samurai with Saburo Sakai,the Japanese Zero ace. This more modern study has detailed all the mistakes attributable to Hitler alone in the delays in Unternamen Zitadelle that allowed the Red Army the time to prepare elaborate defensive rings around the Kursk Salient.Barbarossa,the Battle for Moscow, Stalingrad, Sevastopol, the Battle for the Baku oilfields and this, [...]

    10. Knowing little about Kursk, I found this a fabulous read. The German attack plan was titled 'Citadel'. The volumn is based entirely on German records and the Soviet records only released since the demise of USSR. They have 20 nice pictures of the equipment used. One of the events that I found of German thought out-side-of-the-box was when they captured a Soviet T-34 tank. They turned it around and it led the Germany tanks miles thru of Soviet armor. Of course it was dark that July 12, 1943 night [...]

    11. IMO this book is not a general interest book, but a book for those that have read a book or two on the Eastern front during WWII. If you are looking into a more narrative war book or a general history of Kursk, this might not be the first book I would grab. That said, if you are interested in Kursk and are looking for more detail, this is the book for you. This book contains an impressive amount of detail and research. If you are interested in the Russian and/or Axis OOB's, detailed numbers and [...]

    12. Now this on the other hand is more like your typical classroom textbook; full of endless point-by-point information. However, as dull a read as it can be at times, it does convey the sheer volume of men and machines that went into this most decisive of battles for the Nazis on their Eastern Front and the most epic of armored battles in the history of the world. When you realise that in places the Russians had defenses which literally extended over seven miles you begin to graps the enormity of t [...]

    13. Glantz proves himself (again and still) the master of operational history of the Great Patriotic War (aka the Eastern Front of World War II). Not just an outstanding battle history, but a careful analysis of this key point where the Red Army learned how to stop a blitzkrieg attack, albiet at tremendous cost, and began the series of counterattacks, again at terrible cost, that would only end in Berlin.

    14. Incredible amount of detail in this book on the described conflict. Accomplishes what it sets out to do, namely, be the authoritative volume on the Battle of Kursk. However, the amount of detail and material makes it difficult to read and take in. But if you're looking for a detailed account of the lead up to and fighting in the largest tank battle in human history, this is the book for you.

    15. Comprehensive. I had a hard time keeping all the Russian and Nazi armies, fronts, divisions, brigades, and their commanders, straight in my mind and this book has the worst maps I've ever seen. I would give it a fourth star if it was better written and had better maps but it sure did cover Operation Citadel and especially the monumental battle outside Prokhorovka, in exquisite detail.

    16. The definitive work on the pivotal battle of the eastern front in WWII, Glantz and House use Soviet records made available for the first time in the west. The result is a microscopically detail oriented account that is readable yet scholarly. Must read for anyone studying the War in the East or interested in the Second World War.

    17. An excellent and quick read of the overall battle. I also read the detailed history of the Totenkopf division that was based on actual sources and found this book to be very consistent with that overall history. If you want a great read to gain a strategic picture of Kursk, this is your book.

    18. Gland does OK, but it is not one of his better works. I guess I am looking more for a blow by blow down to the regiment and below. I wish Jason Mark would take this up and drill down to the unit actions similar to his books on the Leaping Horseman.

    19. Glantz is always interesting to read. I've read a few book on Kursk over the years and think this may be the best. Lead-up, the battle itself, and the aftermath.

    20. It's a rather interesting book on something that's often overlooked in most Textbooks. It was a bit too long for my liking, but I overall still enjoyed it.

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