Ian Allan, 1st ed., 1999. Xiii + 472 pp., several photo-plates + 32 maps. D.j., 24 x 16cm. FINE. The Battle of Kursk was one of the largest tank engagements in world history and led to staggering losses ' including nearly 200,000 Soviet and 50,000 German casualties ' within ten days of fighting. Drawing on both German and Soviet sources, the authors go well beyond all previous accounts as newly released Soviet archival material adds unprecedented detail to what is known about this conflict, enabling them to reconstruct events from both perspectives and describe combat down to the tactical level. This book reveals what the Red Army knew about the plans for Hitler's offensive (Operation Citadel), recreates tank warfare and hand-to-hand battle, and shows how the tide of battle turned.