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Kursk : The German View - Steven H. Newton

Kursk

The German View

Hardcover Published: 1st March 2003
ISBN: 9780306811500
Number Of Pages: 504

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Firsthand accounts of the German commanders who planned and executed the largest tank battle in history. The battle of Kursk, fought in the summer of 1943, involved six thousand German and Soviet armored vehicles, making it the biggest tank battle of all time and possibly the largest battle of any kind. Students of military history have long recognized 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 Center 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.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Strategic Analysis of Operation Citadel
Operation Citadel Overviewp. 3
German Military Intelligence and Soviet Strength, July 1943p. 27
Armeeabteilung Kempfp. 29
Order of Battle: Corps Raus (Special Employment), 2 March 1943p. 58
Order of Battle: Armeeabteilung Kempf, 5 July 1943p. 61
Fourth Panzer Armyp. 65
Order of Battle: Fourth Panzer Army, 12 March 1943p. 89
Order of Battle: Fourth Panzer Army, 5-6 July 1943p. 92
Ninth Army and Second Panzer Armyp. 97
Order of Battle: Ninth Army, 5 July 1943p. 120
Order of Battle: Second Panzer Army, 5 July 1943p. 128
Deception Designations Used by Ninth Army Prior to Operation Citadelp. 134
Tactical Group Designations: Second Panzer and Ninth Armies, 13 July-13 August 1943p. 135
Artillery Strength: Second Panzer and Ninth Armies, 5 July 1943p. 140
Replacements Available, Ninth Army, 5 July 1943p. 144
Luftflotte Sixp. 145
Order of Battle: Luftflotte Six, 1 July 1943p. 174
Luftflotte Fourp. 179
Order of Battle: Luftflotte Four, 1 July 1943p. 195
Railroad Transportationp. 201
Tactical Aspects of Operation Citadel
XXXV Corps, East of Orelp. 217
Order of Battle: XXXV Corps, 12 July 1943p. 224
XX Corps in Defensive Fighting, August-October 1943p. 227
Order of Battle: XX Corps, 8-9 August 1943p. 251
XI Corps in the Battles for Belgorod and Kharkovp. 255
Order of Battle: Eighth Army, 24 August 1943p. 291
Combat Strength Report: Eighth Army, 24-25 Augustp. 294
Changes in Combat Strength: XI Corps, 4 July-25 August 1943p. 300
Combat Strength Report: XI Corps, 26 August 1943p. 302
Report of Enemy Tanks Destroyed: 198th Infantry Division, 19 July-14 August 1943p. 304
Sixth Army Defends the Mius River Linep. 305
Order of Battle: Sixth Army, 17 July 1943p. 350
Operation Citadel: An Analysis of Its Critical Aspects
Hoth, von Manstein, and Prokhorovka: A Revision in Need of Revisingp. 357
Ninth Army and the "Numbers Game": A Fatal Delay?p. 371
Army Group South's Initial Assault: Analysis and Critiquep. 381
Was Kursk a Decisive Battle?p. 407
Atlasp. 417
Notesp. 439
Bibliographyp. 457
Indexp. 463
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ISBN: 9780306811500
ISBN-10: 0306811502
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 504
Published: 1st March 2003
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.0  x 3.7
Weight (kg): 0.87
Edition Number: 1