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Demolishing the Myth: The Tank Battle at Prokhorovka, Kursk, July 1943: An Operational Narrative Hardcover – July 19, 2011
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So, what is the myth? There are several. For many years after WW2, the Germans and Soviets had an interest to inflate the size and scope of the battle - the Germans to save face from loosing and the Soviets to explain such high losses. Authors such as Martin Caidin, while a fantastic story teller, often did not do the research needed and perpetuated this myth. In more recent years, post cold war, new information has been shed. David Glantz 1999 book The Battle of Kursk is an example. Today, I saw an online article by Michael J. Licari that also attacks the myths of Kursk. Another myth is that the Battle of Prokhorovka was the turning point (not really, the Northern attack had already failed and the Germans had already lost more than they could afford). The issue of the Soviet `counter attack' and who was responsible is explored as well as several others.
Impressive things about this book - research - primary sources.Read more ›
In the introductory chapters, the author describes the political and military situation in spring 1943 when Hitler and his generals were discussing what the summer offensive should be. The Kursk salient was quickly proposed, debated and then chosen over the objections of some key people. On the Soviet side summer planning was also being debated. The second chapter provides the defensive preparations of the Soviet side for the southern half when it was decided to attack only after the German offensive exhausted itself. Due to the importance of Rotmistrov and his 5th GTA in stopping the 2nd SS PzC, the final chapter before combat coverage begins provides a profile of the General and his Tank Army. The author also explains how Rotmistrov and his Army had just arrived in sector from nearly a 200 mile force march and how he had to cobble an attack plan together when he learned Hausser was much closer to Prokhorovka than expected.Read more ›
He also disabuses us of the assumption (even more widely held) that Kursk was the largest tank battle in history with an often claimed 2500 tanks and self-propelled guns in action. Instead, his careful and meticulously documented analysis of the struggle at Prokhokovka puts the number at no higher than 1100 (670 for the Soviets, 420 for the Germans) showing that Soviet gunners clamed they destroyed far more tanks than the Germans even had in the entire theatre of operations.
Zamulin, however, does give us for the first time, exciting documentation for what was truly the largest tank battle in history: the July 1941 clash between the Soviet Southwestern Front and the 1st Panzer army and elements of the Sixth Army in the Brody-Berestechko-Dubno theatre. In that epic confrontation, he claims, the Russians counter-attacked with 5000 tanks and self propelled guns (of which they lost 2,648) while the Germans used 1000. For two years afterwards, the Germans took observers to the battlefield to show them the miles and miles of terrain filled with destroyed armor.
There are many good combat photos from the battle (most of which I had never seen before), as well as excellent but complicated operational maps which bring the battle to life. Based on a great deal of careful new research, this book is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the titanic struggle on the Eastern Front and one of its most decisive battles.
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This was a very good book, translation was a little shaky but then it does add to the allure. had me thinking and hearing broken Russian in my head as I read it.Published 2 months ago by Benjamin L Dickson
Zamulin has taken a myth about the greatest tank battle in history and thoroughly demolished it in this outstanding book. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Brad Golding
One of the most interesting campaigns in WW2 in the East, written by the official historian of Kursk battlefield museum, should make an interesting reading. Well, it is not. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Pablo Calahorra Gonzalez
It is useless to me. I, like most of the readers, buy only ebooks.Published 17 months ago by Michael
Many books have been written on this subject, but this books has it all correct and the action conducted are described in great detail you do not want to put this book down. Read morePublished on March 29, 2014 by scott bailey
An intense reading which give us pleasure and at the same time curiosity pushing the reader deeply into real history.Published on January 14, 2014 by cid r.
It is an exciting time for those interested in the history of the war on the Eastern Front in 1941-45 right now, because Russian historians like Valeriy Zamulin are ripping the... Read morePublished on August 24, 2013 by R. A Forczyk
Every student of World War two was taught that this battle was a great Russian victory. This book, with Snipes. over turns this myth. Read morePublished on July 12, 2013 by Kim Kerr
The myth was already demolished, but Zamulin adds the feeling of the battle from Soviet perspective. Read morePublished on July 5, 2013 by RJ VEENENBERG