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  • Hardcover: 496 pages
  • Publisher: RZM Publishing; 2nd Edition edition (March 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0974838942
  • ISBN-13: 978-0974838946
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,663 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A useful Index completes the book.
Dave Schranck
This book "Blood, Steel and Myth" is a wealth of new information with revealing and unprecedented re-analysis of the battles of Operation Citadel.
Anthony Sewards
This book is an excellent day by day blow account of II SS Panzer Korps in the southern sector at Kursk.
W. B. Smith

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102 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Dave Schranck on November 26, 2011
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This has been a good year for Operation Citadel fans for three good books have been published. Mr Nipe's is the last book published and its one of the best that I've read. It competes quite well with Zamulin's "Demolishing the Myth" (= Myth), though Nipe's book is from the German perspective and Zamulin the Soviet perspective. The comparison gets even better for both authors choose to concentrate on the 2nd PzC. Nipe takes the offensive side of the SS Corps while Zamulin handles the defensive side where the Soviets try to stop the SS. I haven't studied Nipe's "Blood, Steel and Myth" (= Steel) as much as Zamulin's but I've read numerous engagements of fortified hills and villages that are common to both books. I can already tell the coverage of both books is very good and reach near equality with each other.

Steel, which has the same outside dimensions as "Last Victory in Russia" but has an additional 118 pages, opens with two introductory chapters which describes the legacy of Stalingrad, describing the losses the Germans suffered while they were forced back to the Donets River. You also learn about the Soviet Armies that did the pushing and which ones will ultimately be confronted in the summer. The second chapter details the officers and men of the three divisions making up the 2nd SS PzC. Some of the strengths and weaknesses are discussed among many other topics like preparations and deployments. The section was good but the Soviet General Staff Study translated by Glantz is more complete on the Soviet side in this area of prep and deployment. Special attention on the German side reminds the reader that German forces had still not fully recovered from earlier fighting in the year and that their panzer divisions were far from established levels.
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50 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Randolph J. Seger on December 29, 2011
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This is the best war book I have ever read. The Battle of Kursk is a facinating battle that I will never tire of exploring by either reading or gaming. Except for mislabeling the caliber of the KwK 40 L43 of the PzKw IV F2/G as L42, and forgetting the Guards designation after a few Rifle Divisions the book looks almost perfect.

By approaching the battle day-by day and unit by unit you really get to understand the flow of the battle. Each chapter also begins with a map that brings to life what you are reading. There are many great pictures throughout the book, and they are all in the right places as you are reading.

I have read many books about this battle. Some were written when there was a lack of historical records availabe such as Paul Carell's Scorced Earth, which I still love. However, Historian George N. Nipe has shown that the Prochorowka tank battle between the railway embankment and the River Psel only involved the tired LSSAH against five tank bridgades of the 18th and 29th Tank Corps. There were no SS Panthers, four SS Tiger's and less than 50 PzKw IV long. What a tremendous stand by the LSSAH after one week draining combat just behind them.

The next round of books written on the battle of Kursk will require the authors to do historical research, or be laughed at. The SS Panzer Corps never had the strength on Day 1 of the offensive that for the last 60 years we have been hearing they possessed on that fateful 12 July 1943!
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By forcerecon67 on December 15, 2011
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I am not going to bore you with the technical and historical details of this book, but to sum it up in a short paragraph, this book is a masterpiece. Having collected a voluminous WW2 library of books over the years, I can without hesitation, claim this as one of my top 10 books from that period. The battle of Kursk has always been my main area of fascination, and having read Glantz's book and the H&C book about the 3rd Panzer Army at Kursk, I was very interested to see this release about the 2. SS role at Kursk. With hundreds of high quality pictures (many never before released), and dozens of strategic maps of the area, this book can not only be recommended for the Kursk and WW2 scholar, but also the Lehman and even fellow modelers. Get this RZM release while you can! Kudos to Nipe and RZM for their "bible" about the 2. SS at Kursk.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By F. Carol Sabin on February 8, 2012
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From the beginning I must say that "Blood, steel and myth" is a first class piece of scholarship and ranks alongside the best studies dedicated to this operation. I was impressed by writing style of the author's in his previous books (Last victory in Russia and Decision in the Ukraine). So I read the last book with great pleasure, without be concerned with all that propaganda stuff met in some recent books about this operation.

Being already very familiar with the details of this battle before even reading this book it was rather easy to follow author's accurate presentation.
Before the battle coverage begins, the first two chapters present background history that help support the reader's understanding of the coming battle.
Chapter I (The Legacy of Stalingrad and Kharkov) contains useful information about both armies before Kursk. However, it doesn't cover the Manstein's proposed strategic options-backhand/forehand maneuvers and other proposed operations apart Zitadelle (Panther and Habicht).

The strategy of both sides for the coming operation is also discussed for different levels.
Few small errors sometimes occur: The Steppe Front (the strategic reserve) first full presentation (page 15, with 1495 tanks) doesn't match the other presentations throughout the book (page 20, 1600 tanks and page 471, 1719 tanks).
A special attention is dedicated to weaknesses of Soviet tanks (lack of communications, driving buttoned).

Interesting details about German preparations and force rebuilding efforts are fully described in Chapter II (The 4.Panzerarmee prepares for operation Citadel).
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