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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Zenith Press (April 1, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0760312540
  • ISBN-13: 978-0760312544
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,751,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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15 of 21 people found the following review helpful By g dennis on July 16, 2002
Format: Paperback
First off, let me say the text of this book is not bad. Not great, but not bad. The photos and captions are awful and the real problem. I have never seen so many caption errors in one book. Time and again tanks and events are completely mis-captioned. The cover photo is wrong- it shows a T34 model 1940 tank. Given the devastation of the Red Army in the early years the chances this particular tank is present at a battle in summer 1943 are NIL! From there it just goes on and on. Must be at least a dozen glaring erros. I would never buy another book from this publsiher based on this product.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Schranck on April 26, 2010
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I rated this book 3.5 stars as an overview not as a full length comprehensive study like you would read from Glantz or Healy and as such the rating is based on a less stringent standard. This book while having differences with, is comparable to Will Fowler's "Kursk, The Vital 24 hours".

The overview consists of ten chapters with the following breakdown: The first three chapters are an introduction to the war. The next five chapters cover the actual battle and flips between the northern front and the southern front. While some books favor the southern front, this book gives a little more space to Model's northern front though the coverage of tank battles near Prokhorovka in the south is adequately covered.
The last two chapters deal with the Russian counteroffensive that extends the coverage into August as well as an epilogue of costs and ramifications for the Germans for their dismal future prospects.
The biggest problem with this coverage is the lack of consistency and clarity of the tank fatalities for the campaign. There were a few days that estimated tank fatalities were mentioned but not every day and total tanks destroyed in the campaign weren't succinctly given either. The total tanks and antitank guns deployed for both sides was stated and is low compared to the numbers quoted by Glantz and Healy.

In the introduction, a brief history of the war before Kursk is given to provide new readers with a backdrop of how Kursk came about. Operations Barbarossa, Typhoon, Blue, Uranus, Stalingrad and Kharkov 1943 are highlighted. Also included in the intro are Hitler's motives for starting the war, some faulty decisions he made and the confrontations Hitler had with his generals.
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12 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2002
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A great book on Kursk in particular and on Barbarossa in general. The captions are extremely well written and provide a lot of new insight on Soviet strategy and the surprising poverty of German tactics. The photos, many of which I don't think have been previously published in an English-language book, are incredible. Specialists and general readers alike will enjoy this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BernardZ on February 26, 2011
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I found this to being a good and detailed study of the battle. Much I discovered was quite new to me. I thought is was nicely illustrated too.

I do confess that I am not sure I agree with the author a victory at Kursk was achievable by the Germans still it could be argued it was the first time in the East that the German war aims were something reasonable. It was a battle that was Germans last chance of dominating the East, this, they failed and this is the importance of the result in Kursk.
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Holy Olio on October 27, 2002
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This is a large format book, but isn't too thick. Lots of pics, but it looks like nothing is happening in most of them. Occasionally some smoke in the distance. Kursk was the largest tank battle in history, was a fiasco because Hitler delayed it for months, giving Zhukov time to prepare the defenses, and had it never been begun by the Germans, or done on the original schedule, would have delayed the end of WWII. Like the battle of Kharkov, which was a classic (if little discussed) ruse by the supposedly depleted German army just months after the defeat at Stalingrad, a large Soviet force would have been destroyed by the pincer action that was so effective for the Wehrmacht.
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