The Battle of Kursk Paperback – Oct 29 1999
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"A good read. Looks at the traditional approach to Kursk and provides another well-founded interpretation of the battle."
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"The Battle of Kursk combines the authors' encyclopedic knowledge of their subject with a panoramic narrative of military operations to challenge the 'myths of Kursk.' Drawing heavily upon hitherto classified Soviet material, as well as German sources, the work is both original and revisionist, making it a major contribution to our understanding of one of the most important operations of the Second World War."--John Erickson, author of The Road to Stalingrad
"At last we have an account of the battle of Kursk from the Soviet perspective. And what an account! It is meticulously researched, persuasively argued, full of new and important findings, and written with verve and pathos. This is operational history at its best."--Joel S. A. Hayward, author of Stopped at Stalingrad --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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Using now available data from the Russian and German archives. This book gives a balanced view on the battle which dispels many myths about the battle.
The Soviets actually lost much more men and equipment than the Germans and the Germans can be said to have won tactically but lost strategically since the Germans threw everything they had in the battle and had to reserves to speak off while the Soviets had a lot of reserves of men and equipment at the back which won the battle for the USSR.
Also a myth dispelled in that the battle broke the back of the German military but in reality I think that while it was a significantly bad defeat of the German military, it was not a critically or catastrophic defeat(this is reserved for Stalingrad and Operation Bagration(1944)). It was significant that the Germans now lost the strategic initiative in the eastern front and this went to the Russians. Bad since the Germans lost a lot of men and materiall that they cannot really replace.
The books is very nicely written and done with a lot of maps, charts etc. and gives a nice flow to the battle though a non military enthusiast might find it hard to understand some of the terms, this book is the last authority on the battle of Kursk.
That said, the real value of the book is in its assessment of several important analytical questions. Due to Glantz's unprecedented (at least on this topic) access to Soviet archives, the book is the first real assessment of Soviet troops, tactics, and plans. While Dunn's book on Kursk was able to offer some of this, Glantz and House are able to go much further. They are able to show how the Soviets used their knowledge of German plans to set their own plans. Glantz and House are also able to convincingly demonstrate, with Soviet archival sources, that the German delays did not change the result. Had they attacked earlier (May 1943), they still would have lost. Furthermore, they convincingly show that the initial period of defense against the German attack was but one step in an overarching operational plan to launch an offensive in the late summer of 1943.Read more ›
The authors then lead us into the preparations taken by both sides and how the Germans continually delayed the offensive. The Russians, well aware of the German plans were able to plan and create an intricate network of defensives and they were defenses of depth that finally frustrated and prevented the Germans from gaining any momentum. The Germans were also forced to continuously probe the Russians for potential weak spots. Unfortunately for the Germans there were none.
The authors make a point that the German High Command placed too much faith in their new technically advanced tanks (Panthers & Tigers) and were continuously forced to divert forces to protect their flanks that were under constant counter attack.
The accounts of the battle are very detailed and at times it is easy to get lost in the description of movements of the vast number of units.
Glantz & House make good use of personal accounts, unit's history accounts and even memoirs of the leading participants such as Mainstein. Their conclusions in regards to the battle are hard to dispute after such a detailed and comprehensive research which brings together both Russian and German sources of information. Recommended reading.
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Finding the truth in a battle that has attained mythical proportions.Published 20 days ago by Amazon Customer
Well written and easy to follow, which was helpful for my report in my history class on 20th century European history.Published 14 months ago by Riley
I found this book almost unreadable, the battle was one of the biggest of WW2 and the author chose to write a historic thesis, which was not what I wanted. Read morePublished 20 months ago by R M Wild
David Glantz writing the definitive assessment of the Battle for Kursk? Sounded like a dream come true. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2000 by Amazon Customer
It is perhaps a considerable understatement to argue that history has not been kind in interpreting the German conduct of the war against the Russians along the Eastern front. Read morePublished on Aug. 11 2000 by Barron Laycock
Simply put, Glantz and House deliver the goods in this, their latest collaboration. Slow in places, yes, but that's due to the amount of information they're imparting to you. Read morePublished on March 20 2000
The battle of Kursk by David M. Glantz & Jonathan M. House is the latest installment of a series of books and studies presenting Soviet archival writings of their war with Axis... Read morePublished on Jan. 10 2000 by paul blanchard