The author was kind enough to supply us a copy of this book and it is the soft cover version. The hard cover was printed in 2008. The book is 399 pages in small print font and has over a hundred period black and white photographs. The quality of the photos is surprisingly good for a soft cover version. Many of the photos are from private collections and were first printed in the original edition. There are ten pages of color plates showing primary AFV’s and aircraft that were present at the battle. Following the introduction is a chronology of the events in 1943 leading up to and covering the July battle. There are six detailed maps showing the battle as if progresses.
Table of Contents
The book is divided into seven sections:
Part One: Why Kursk?
This section is further divided into sixteen chapters explaining the lead up and all the primary players on each side.
Part Two: The Armies
Four chapters detailing the status of the two armies facing one and other .
Part Three: Chariots Of Fire-The Tanks At Kursk
Eight chapters discussing the state of the tank corps for each side, tank production, new “wonder weapons” and old workhorses and crew training and readiness. The final chapter in this section deals with tactics, terrain and weather.
Part Four: The Battle Of Kursk: 4 July-11 July1943
Twelve chapters detailing the day by day events in each Army Group
Part Five: The Battle For Prokhorovka 12-17 July : ‘Spectacle Without Profit’
Seven chapters detailing the daily events
Part Six: Conclusion
Costs and Consequences-post battle analysis
This section consists of five appendixes listing the ‘German Army Order Of Battle‘, ‘The Soviet Army Order Of Battle‘, ‘German and Soviet Aircraft‘, ‘German and Soviet Tank Types’ and ‘Other Weaponry’
The seven sections are followed by a bibliography and index.
This is a very interesting book that is very difficult to set down. This book gives much detail and insight to this significant time in history. Anyone reading it will gain a far better understanding of the people that participated and the places and events during the July 1943 battle.
Highs: Well written, holds readers interest well, hard to set down once you start reading Lows: Very small printVerdict: If you have a remote interest in WWII history, tanks, Eastern Front or Zitadelle itself, you really should have this book in your library.
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I live in the mountains north of Santa Cruz California. I have been building now since the early 1990's when I rediscovered modeling. Most of my kits are built with dioramas in mind. I took a "creative block" hiatis for a couple years - 2011 to 2013. I wasn't active in the modeling world. During tha...