The Battle of Kursk: Operation Citadel 1943

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Citadel was the codename for the German attack on Kursk in 1943, and it was the last major German offensive to be launched in the east in an attempt to regain impetus after the battle of Stalingrad. However, the advantage had swung towards the Soviet forces and they never let it go. Following the Battle of Kursk, they not only seized the strategic initiative but also established an inexorably growing momentum which culminated in the fall of Berlin nearly two years later. The German thrusts were contained within tatalizing grasp of success, after which the Red Army delivered a series of crushing counterblows which drove the Wermacht back beyond the Dneiper. Hitler had gambled all on a single throw and had lost. Kursk was the greatest clash of armoured forces in history, and the decisive land battle of World War II. This title examines what happened in Operation Citadel.

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“Citadel,” the codename for the German attack at Kursk in 1943, was the last major German offensive to be launched in the East. The greatest clash of armored forces in history, Kursk was the decisive land battle of the Second World War. The aim was to claw back the initiative after the surrender of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad. The location, chosen by Hitler, was in the heartland of the Ukraine. But forewarned of German plans, the Red Army prepared to defend the Kursk salient in massive strength and depth. Distinguished military historian Robin Cross presents a detailed picture of the Battle of Kursk, from the intense cat–and–mouse game waged by both high commands in the agonizing months leading up to the German offensive, to the first–hand experiences of troops on the ground and the airmen who flew over the blazing steppe. At the same time, he sets Operation Citadel firmly within the wider strategic context of the war in the East, revealing how Hitler and Stalin steeled themselves to make decisions that would determine the outcome of the war and shape the peace that followed.

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Robin Cross is a distinguished military historian and is the author of VE Day: Victory in Europe and The Bombers: Strategy and Tactics. He was the Consultant Editor of The Guinness Encyclopedia of Warfare.

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