The Battle of the Tanks

The Battle of the Tanks


Book - 2011
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On July 5, 1943, the greatest land battle in history began when Nazi and Red Army forces clashed near the town of Kursk, on the western border of the Soviet Union. Code named "Operation Citadel," the German offensive would cut through the bulge in the eastern front that had been created following Germany's retreat at the battle of Stalingrad. But the Soviets, well-informed about Germany's plans through their network of spies, had months to prepare. Two million men supported by 6,000 tanks, 35,000 guns, and 5,000 aircraft convened in Kursk for an epic confrontation that was one of the most important military engagements in history, the epitome of "total war." It was also one of the most bloody, and despite suffering seven times more casualties, the Soviets won a decisive victory that became a turning point in the war. With unprecedented access to the journals and testimonials of the officers, soldiers, political leaders, and citizens who lived through it, The Battle of the Tanks is the definitive account of an epic showdown that changed the course of history.
Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2011
ISBN: 9780802119087
Branch Call Number: 940 .5421 CLA
Characteristics: xxvi, 468 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill., maps ;,25 cm
Alternative Title: Kursk, 1943


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May 08, 2016

A fine and impartial account of Operation Citadel, the massive German assault on the Kursk salient that ensured the ultimate victory of the Soviet armies on the Eastern Front.

Never again were the Germans ever to assemble an armoured reserve of this size, and it remains unfathomable that they squandered it on an operation that was so obviously doomed to failure. It's easy to blame Hitler's obduracy but the German generals, too, seem to have deluded themselves that they could wage a such a fearsome battle of attrition against a Soviet Union able to call on unimaginable reserves of manpower and material. The Wehrmacht was soon to be disabused of the notion.

Highly recommended.


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