Using the Russian Ministry of Defense’s archives and Western sources, the author has produced a companion work to his masterful study of II SS Panzer Corps’ offensive and the culminating clash at Prokhorovka. He lays out the German and Soviet plans for the battle; the forces arrayed for it and the extensive Soviet defenses; and then goes through a meticulous examination of the course of the fighting, as III Panzer Corps suffered initial setbacks in its attempt to link up with the right flank of II SS Panzer Corps (then extemporized on the battlefield to get the offensive going and to complete the link-up), while the Soviet side fought valiantly to prevent this (according to the plan of the Voronezh Front Commander-in-Chief, N.F. Vatutin).
FORGOTTEN BATTLE OF THE KURSK SALIENT 7Th Guards Army’s Stand Against Detachment Kempf
The publishers Helion have produced quite a number of heavyweight analysis of Eastern Front operations, and this is one of their best. This is Not a Celebration of the Red Army, but a fact-based study of what actually happened and why. Even better, Zamulin does not hesitate to discuss the sources used, their accuracy and completeness: when he writes about events, you know exactly where the information originated. If you like statistics of numbers of tanks, self-propelled guns, antitank mines, – even numbers of axes and spades issued to dig the trenches – it’s all here, straight from the original reports from the individual Soviet and German units. English language edition.
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