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The Battle of Kursk (Soviet (Russian) Study of War)

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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 offer ...more
Hardcover, 472 pages
Published November 27th 1999 by University Press of Kansas (first published 1999)
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Nov 02, 2011 John rated it really liked it
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 a
Mar 26, 2012 Andrew rated it really liked it
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
Steven Peterson
Mar 10, 2011 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it
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. ...more
May 16, 2014 Avempace rated it really liked it
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 ...more
David Vanness
Jan 28, 2015 David Vanness rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Aug 27, 2008 Walker rated it really liked it
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,
'Aussie Rick'
Nov 28, 2009 'Aussie Rick' rated it really liked it
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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
Joe Ward
Mar 14, 2016 Joe Ward rated it liked it
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.
Mar 30, 2016 MatthewS rated it it was amazing
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.
John Williams
Feb 28, 2015 John Williams rated it liked it
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.
Harry Miktarian
Aug 19, 2011 Harry Miktarian rated it really liked it
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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 ...more
Chris Salisbury
Apr 07, 2008 Chris Salisbury rated it it was ok
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 ...more
Philip Kuhn
Mar 28, 2016 Philip Kuhn rated it liked it
A good work. But the author goes into too much detail with all of the units, regiments and such.
Apr 02, 2013 Grant rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nick Leali
Jul 18, 2012 Nick Leali rated it liked it
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.
John Bianchi
Jan 15, 2013 John Bianchi rated it liked it
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.
Apr 03, 2009 Steve rated it really liked it
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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.
Nicolas Adame
Sep 19, 2011 Nicolas Adame rated it really liked it
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.
Sep 13, 2016 Dmitry rated it really liked it
Deep Kursk battle research for those who interested in numbers of division/corps/army and their relative positions on day by day basis.
John Vanore
May 09, 2013 John Vanore rated it liked it
Full of info, but extremely dense. Only for the hard-core military history buff.
Todd Powell
Oct 18, 2012 Todd Powell rated it it was amazing
This is the best book on the Battle of Kursk, July 1943.
Jul 05, 2009 Mark rated it it was ok
a relatively boring litany of unit numbers
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David M. Glantz is an American military historian and the editor of The Journal of Slavic Military Studies.

Glantz received degrees in history from the Virginia Military Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College, Defense Language Institute, Institute for Russian and Eastern European Studies, and U.S. Army War
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