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KURSK: THE GERMAN VIEW


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The battle of Kursk, fought in the summer of 1943, involved six thousand
German and Soviet armoured vehicles, making it the biggest tank battle of all
time and possibly the largest battle of any kind. Students of military history
have long recognised the importance of Kursk, also known as "Operation Citadel,"
and there have been several serious studies of the battle. Yet, the German view
of the battle has been largely ignored. After the war, US Army Intelligence
officers gathered German commanders' post-war reports of the battle. Due, in
part, to poor translations done after the war, these important documents have
been overlooked by World War II historians. Steven H Newton has collected,
translated, and edited these accounts, including reports made by the Chiefs of
Staff of Army Group South and the Fourth Panzer Army, and by the Army Group
Centre Operations Officer. As a result, a new and unprecedented picture of
German strategy and operations is made available. The translated staff reports
are supplemented by Newton's commentary and original research, which challenges
a number of widely accepted ideas about this pivotal battle. "[Newton] is to be
congratulated on discovering the original texts of the essays concerning
Kursk…and providing a fresh translation." — Journal of Slavic Military
Studies
  • AUTHOR: Newton, S (ed)
  • FORMAT: 485pp 235x160 Hb
  • Code: 14027

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