David M. Glantz, Jonathan M. House. The Battle of Kursk. Lawrence, Kansas: University Press of Kansas, xiii + pp. $ (cloth), ISBN. Near the city of Kursk on the Eastern Front, hundreds of Soviet tanks “This, in fact, is the biggest tank battle in World War II,” Glantz said. The Battle of Kursk by Colonel David M. Glantz, , available at Book Depository with free delivery worldwide.

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Beside that however this would rank as the definitive account of this major Eastern Front battle and well worth the effort to read.

The Battle of Kursk : Colonel David M. Glantz :

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. While at the College, Col. I would have preferred something like a larger pull-out map with all the This is a book that should be on the shelf of every student of World War 2. It saw the amassing by the Germans of their best troops and armored formations, led by the elite of the army generals.

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. There’s not much of a thesis here other than the fairly obvious: Home Contact Us Help Free delivery worldwide. Open Preview See a Problem?

Ergo, the Soviets spent the spring building defensive fortifications s of kilometers deep in the salient. 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.

There is no denying that this account of Kursk by David Glantz and Jonathan House is extremely well researched. Mar 30, MatthewS rated it it was amazing. Kursk was the third yearly German East summer offensive of the war reduced to one salient along one sector of the front. Although Bakharov’s tank corps had made spectacular progress, it could advance no further until the 29th Tank Corps closed up on its left flank. Glnatz decent WW2 library would be complete without this book.


Much of the direct military records are to be enjoyed.

It’s what you think — a detailed operational history of Kursk. Jul 02, ‘Aussie Rick’ rated it really liked it Shelves: To ask other readers questions about The Battle of Kurskplease sign up.

The Soviets had used 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. One of the most amusing is when the Germans used a captured T to lead their advancing column during a night march. 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.

Malcolm rated it it was amazing Feb 02, 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.

Several of the myths that surround the battle, some propagated after the war by self-serving German general, are carefully disposed of. The German attack plan was titled ‘Citadel’. Many readers will not want or expect that, but it does feel a bit incomplete. You kurwk have JavaScript enabled in your browser to utilize the functionality of this website.

The result being that the German advance was halted, in spite of Soviet casualties exceeding German by as much as 4 to 1. One of the events that I found of German thought out-side-of-the-box was when they captured a Soviet T tank.

The end result was that the Glahtz were badly bloodied and the Soviet forces began to take greater initiative. By using our website you agree to our use glsntz cookies. The Battle of Kursk. The author makes a point that the Russians could also read maps. Shrouded in obscurity and speculation for more than half a century, the Battle of Glxntz finally gets its due in this dramatic retelling of the confrontation that marked the turning point of the war on the Eastern Front kurskk brought Hitler’s blitzkrieg to a crashing halt.


Refresh and try again. The Soviet Winter Offensives following Stalingrad had driven the Germans back s of kilometers and resulted in a huge bulge in the front and around the city of Kursk.

They captured the objective. This while commissars or the Gestapo were at the rear of both armies with machine guns to mow down retreating soldiers. Aug 27, Walker rated it really liked it Shelves: 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 Citadelrelive tank warfare and hand-to-hand combat, and learn how the tide of battle turned.

Theirs is kursm first account to provide accurate figures of combat strengths and losses, and it includes 32 maps that clarify troop and tank movements.

The Battle of Kursk

Mar 10, Steven Peterson rated it really liked it. Glantz and House also coauthored When Titans Clashed: It was these restructured war aims that the battle of Kursk was supposed to serve and ultimately achieve. Army War David M. The only fault that I could find with the book was that at times it dragged. Return to Book Page. Glantz and Jonathan M.

Nov 02, John rated it really liked it. This outstanding book deserves the highest praise. In addition to detailing the combat operations, the author looks at the performance of the equipment used by both sides.

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