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Air War Over Kursk: Turning Point in the East Paperback – June 1, 2010

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Though Operation Citadel is chiefly remembered as the largest armored battle of all time, the air action over Kursk was just as vicious and massive. Indeed the air battles fought on 5 July 1943 stand as the costliest single day in aviation history. Russian author Dmitriy Khazanov examines the air fighting over Kursk in this well-researched and wonderfully-illustrated 2010 release from SAM Publications. Khazanov packs a lof of information into the book's 144 pages. After describing the German and Russian air forces, he launches into a detailed description of the air fighting from 4 to 22 July 1943. Interweaving Luftwaffe and VVS accounts, he fashions an evenhanded account of the combats waged over the northern and southern sections of the Kursk front. Both air forces were heavily committed to close-air support as well as air superiority ops, which resulted in total losses of some 1,400 German and Soviet aircraft. Following the failure of Operation Citadel, the Soviets went on the attack, which Khazanov describes as well. AIR WAR OVER KURSK seems an evenhanded summary of those massive air battles. Despite a few typos, misspelled names, etc., the text flows fairly well. I wish he had included a bibliography. Visually the book is a delight. It features hundreds of evocative photographs, many new to me, of Luftwaffe and VVS commanders and aircrews, aircraft, weapons, air bases, crash sites, air combat scenes, etc. Especially noteworthy are the 23 pages of color profiles done by Mikhail Bykov and Andrey Yurgenson. The reader is treated to page after page of nicely-done profiles of La-5s, Yak-7s, Bf 109Gs, Ju 87Ds and Gs, Fw 190s, IL-2s, IL-4s, Hs 129s, Pe-2s, Ju 88s, He 46s, etc. Though AIR WAR OVER KURSK is a bit pricey, the combination of authoritative text and wealth of illustrative material makes it a worthwhile purchase. Books on the Kursk air fighting are fairly rare so Khazanov's book is a must-have. Highly recommended. --By Michael OConnor -

The book was well done it set up all Russia and German air force. It cover the day to day battle in north and south. With the New Russia goverment alot Russia side of the air war is now coming out. It was the German last shot on eastern front. --By Andy Banks
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: SAM Publications; First Edition edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1906959269
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906959265
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 11.7 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,447,820 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Mike O'Connor TOP 500 REVIEWER on August 9, 2012
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Though Operation Citadel is chiefly remembered as the largest armored battle of all time, the air action over Kursk was just as vicious and massive. Indeed the air battles fought on 5 July 1943 stand as the costliest single day in aviation history. Russian author Dmitriy Khazanov examines the air fighting over Kursk in this well-researched and wonderfully-illustrated 2010 release from SAM Publications.

Khazanov packs a lof of information into the book's 144 pages. After describing the German and Russian air forces, he launches into a detailed description of the air fighting from 4 to 22 July 1943. Interweaving Luftwaffe and VVS accounts, he fashions an evenhanded account of the combats waged over the northern and southern sections of the Kursk front. Both air forces were heavily committed to close-air support as well as air superiority ops, which resulted in total losses of some 1,400 German and Soviet aircraft. Following the failure of Operation Citadel, the Soviets went on the attack, which Khazanov describes as well.

AIR WAR OVER KURSK seems an evenhanded summary of those massive air battles. Despite a few typos, misspelled names, etc., the text flows fairly well. I wish he had included a bibliography.

Visually the book is a delight. It features hundreds of evocative photographs, many new to me, of Luftwaffe and VVS commanders and aircrews, aircraft, weapons, air bases, crash sites, air combat scenes, etc. Especially noteworthy are the 23 pages of color profiles done by Mikhail Bykov and Andrey Yurgenson. The reader is treated to page after page of nicely-done profiles of La-5s, Yak-7s, Bf 109Gs, Ju 87Ds and Gs, Fw 190s, IL-2s, IL-4s, Hs 129s, Pe-2s, Ju 88s, He 46s, etc.
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Dmitriy B. Khazanov, in his "Air War Over Kursk" does a generally good job describing this ferocious air battle between German and Soviet air forces. The book has eight chapters including: (1) On the eve of the battle; (2) 'Zitadelle': The battle begins; (3) Breakthrough to Kursk; (4) Operation 'Zitadelle': The downfall; (5) Operation 'Kutuzov': The counter offensive; (6) War in the night sky; (7) The Red Army advances to Kharkov; and (8) Outcome of the Kursk battle. Khazanov does a good job summarizing the air war including tables outlining Soviet aircraft strength, pilot victories during the battle, Soviet and German aircraft losses, and orders of battle. The book is loaded with photographs and over 20 pages of color plates, besides several appendices. As noted by another reviewer, the book lacks citations or a works cited. In addition, the ground war is somewhat confusing due to the way German units are translated (e.g., "Second Tank Army" instead of "Second Panzer Army"; "8th Air Corps" instead of "Fliegerkorps VIII") leading to confusion in the text between Soviet and German air and ground units. Finally it must be stated that Christer Bergstrom's "Kursk: The Air Battle July 1943" offers an overall superior account, being much more detailed besides offering citations and a works cited. However as an introduction to the air war over Kursk Khazanov's account is a strong one.
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The book was well done it set up all Russia and German air force. It cover the day to day battle in north and south. With the New Russia goverment alot Russia side of the air war is now coming out. It was the German last shot on eastern front.
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