KURSK 1943 : A STATISTICAL ANALYSIS.

Zetterling, Niklas. & Frankson, Anders.


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Frank Cass, 1st ed., 2000. Xviii + 270 pp., 6 maps + numerous tables & figures. D.j., 24 x 15cm. FINE. The battle of Kursk in 1943 has often been referred to as the greatest tank battle in the history of warfare, yet prior to this book, little use had been made in literature of German archival sources. This study makes extensive use of German archival documents, as well as up-to-date Russian books and sources, many of which were published following the fall of communism, in 1990. Using such sources, the authors can attempt to answer such important questions about the battles as what forces were actually engaged, how they were equipped, what their casualties were, and what the cost of the battle was. While answers to these questions had not been lacking hitherto, the author's new research showed many of them to be dubious. Equally important are the analyses derived from use of these new sources. The authors reconsider the role of the battle at Kursk and its consequences. Was it the death knell for the German Panzer Corps ? It is also important to consider exactly what is meant by the 'battle at Kursk', for this is not self-evident. The authors finally consider important methodological issues, relevant not just to this battle but to virtually any World War II battle plus others besides. SCARCE FIRST EDITION.


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