Kursk: The German View

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Steven H. Newton
Da Capo Press, Feb 18, 2009 - HISTORY - 288 pages
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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, U.S. 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.
  

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Contents

July 1943
27
March 1943
61
Fourth Panzer Army
71
Fourth Panzer Army 12 March 1943
95
Ninth Army and Second Panzer Army
97
to Operation Citadel
134
Second Panzer and Ninth Armies
140
Luftflotte Four
179
XI Corps
300
Division 19JulyU August 1943
304
PART 3
355
A Fatal Delay?
371
Analysis and Critique
381
Was Kursk a Decisive Battle?
407
Notes
439
Bibliography
457

Railroad Transportation
201
PART 2
215
Eighth Army 24 August 1943
291

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About the author (2009)

Steven H. Newton is Professor of History at Delaware State University. His previous books on World War II include Kursk: The German View and Retreat from Leningrad.

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