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The Battle for Kursk, 1943 : The Soviet General Staff Study - Colonel David M. Glantz

The Battle for Kursk, 1943

The Soviet General Staff Study

Hardcover Published: 29th September 1999
ISBN: 9780714649337
Number Of Pages: 368

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This volume contains an unprecedented level of detail about the Red Army's preparation for and conduct of the famous Battle of Kursk. Prepared by the Red Army General staff in 1944 from combat reports and other top-secret archive materials, the work is an eminently practical and candid document, which was written to educate the Red Army in the intricacies, demands and pitfalls of modern warfare.

As a treasure trove of fresh material, this book addresses aspects of the battle that have puzzled commentators since 1943. It provides new information on subjects ranging from overall Soviet strategic intent and military planning, engineer preparation of the battlefield, and the oft-neglected question of logistical support. Juxtaposed with the vivid details of the struggle leading up to the combat crescendo at Ponyri and Prokhorovka are such unusual matters as the employment of remote-controlled mines, electrified barbed wire and ant-tank dogs.

The Battle for Kursk 1943 opens up new horizons on the operations of the Red Army at Kursk, the nature of the war on the German Eastern Front, and, in general terms, the new range of horrors that have characterised warfare in the twentieth century.

List of Mapsp. viii
List of Tablesp. x
Editor's Forewordp. xiii
Forewordp. xvii
The Fundamentals of the Organization of the Kursk Bridgehead Defensep. 1
The Overall Situationp. 1
Planning the Defensive Operationp. 7
Correlation of Forces before the German Offensivep. 24
General Conclusionsp. 28
Preparation of the Kursk Bridgehead for Defensep. 31
Characteristics of the Defensive Worksp. 31
Organization of the System of Firesp. 42
Troop Combat Trainingp. 45
Conclusionsp. 49
Brief Characteristics of German Operations in the July Operationp. 51
Regroupings and the Creation of Reservesp. 51
The German Command's Planp. 54
Enemy Preparation for the Offensivep. 60
General Course of the German Offensivep. 64
General Conclusionsp. 68
The Defensive Battle for the Kursk Bridgeheadp. 73
The Defensive Battle on the Belgorod-Kursk Axisp. 73
The Defensive Battle on the Central Front's Right Flankp. 107
Results and Conclusionsp. 119
Troop Control during the Defensive Battle in the Kursk Bridgeheadp. 129
Operational Planningp. 130
Control of Execution and Practical Assistance for Forcesp. 133
Organization of Troop Command and Controlp. 138
Conclusionsp. 143
Protecting Junctions in the Defense: From the Experience of the Voronezh Frontp. 147
Organization of Junction Defense between the Voronezh and the Southwestern Frontsp. 151
Protecting the Junction between the 6th and the 7th Guards Armiesp. 154
Some Conclusionsp. 158
Artillery Support of the Kursk Bridgehead Defensep. 161
Grouping of Artilleryp. 163
Preparation and Planning of Artillery Supportp. 174
Artillery Operations during the Defensive Battlep. 184
Brief General Conclusionsp. 193
Tank Forces in the Defense of the Kursk Bridgeheadp. 196
Combat Operations of the 2d Tank Armyp. 196
Combat Operations of the 1st Tank Armyp. 208
Combat Operations of the 5th Guards Tank Armyp. 220
Conclusions Regarding the Operational Employment of Tank Armies in the Defensive Operationp. 228
Conclusionsp. 234
Air Operations in the Battle of Kurskp. 238
Preparation of Aviation for Combat Operationsp. 238
Air Operations during the Defensive Battle: the Belgorod-Kursk Axisp. 249
Air Operations during the Defensive Battle: the Orel-Kursk Axisp. 262
Some Questions Concerning the Combat Employment of Aviationp. 257
General Conclusionsp. 270
Engineer Support of the Defensive Operationp. 273
Missions of Engineer Forces and Engineer Supportp. 273
Fortification of the Terrainp. 275
Mine-demolition Obstacles [Minefields]p. 283
Road and Bridge Work: Based on Voronezh Front Informationp. 291
Maskirovka [Deception and Camouflage]: Based on Voronezh Front Informationp. 292
Engineer Reconnaissancep. 293
The Work of Engineer Forces Headquartersp. 295
General Conclusionsp. 296
The Maneuver of Mobile Antitank Reserves in a Defensive Operationp. 298
The Formation of the Antitank Defensep. 298
Mobile Antitank Reservesp. 302
The Fight of All Artillery Calibers with Enemy Tanksp. 307
General Conclusionsp. 315
Editor's Appendices
List of Abbreviationsp. 319
Key Soviet and German Command Personnelp. 320
Editor's Mapsp. 322
Indexp. 331
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ISBN: 9780714649337
ISBN-10: 0714649333
Series: Cass Series on the Soviet Study of War
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 29th September 1999
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.24  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 0.68
Edition Number: 1