The Battle for Kursk, 1943: The Soviet General Staff Study

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Taylor & Francis, 1999 - History - 349 pages
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This volume contains an unprecedented level of detail about the Red Army's preparation for and conduct of the famous Battle of Kursk. Prepared by the Red Army General staff in 1944 from combat reports and other top-secret archive materials, the work is an eminently practical and candid document, which was written to educate the Red Army in the intricacies, demands and pitfalls of modern warfare. As a treasure trove of fresh material, this book addresses aspects of the battle that have puzzled commentators since 1943. It provides new information on subjects ranging from overall Soviet strategic intent and military planning, engineer preparation of the battlefield, and the oft-neglected question of logistical support. Juxtaposed with the vivid details of the struggle leading up to the combat crescendo at Ponyri and Prokhorovka are such unusual matters as the employment of remote-controlled mines, electrified barbed wire and ant-tank dogs. The Battle for Kursk 1943 opens up new horizons on the operations of the Red Army at Kursk, the nature of the war on the German Eastern Front, and, in general terms, the new range of horrors that have characterised warfare in the twentieth century.
 

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Contents

Composition of the Central Front July 1943
11
Distribution of Reinforcing Forces and Weaponry to Defensive Echelons
14
Forces at Disposal of Voronezh Front Commander
20
Voronezh Front Forces and Weapons
21
Reinforcement of Enemy Forces
25
Density of Enemy Forces on the Central Front
26
Preparation of the Kursk Bridgehead for Defense
31
The 6th Guards Army Defenses
38
Tank Losses by Day of Operation
231
Tank Losses by Type of Weapon
233
Air Operations in the Battle of Kursk
238
Correlation of Opposing Air Forces at Beginning of German Offensive
240
Sorties by Air Armies 1I July
247
Air Sorties over Soviet Territory by Enemy Aircraft 518July
252
The Air Struggle along the Enemys Main Axis
253
Distribution of Aircraft Sorties by Type
255

Defensive Works in the Army Second Defensive Belt per km
40
Defensive Works in the Army Rear Defensive Belt per km
41
Density of Fire in the Fronts Main Defensive Belt per km
43
Brief Characteristics of German Operations in the July
51
The Defensive Battle for the Kursk Bridgehead
73
From the Experience
147
Artillery Support of the Kursk Bridgehead Defense
161
Distribution of Artillery by Army
163
Artillery Density by Army
166
Support for 13th Armys Rifle Divisions
167
Artillery Density by Army
169
Comparative Density of Artillery Weapons among FirstEchelon Divisions of the Central and Voronezh Fronts per km of frontage
171
13th Armys Shell Expenditure
192
Voronezh Fronts Expenditures combat loads
193
Tank Forces in the Defense of the Kursk Bridgehead
196
Tank Losses in the Battle of Kursk
230
Air Battles 58 July
259
Air Operations on both Sides 512 July
260
Das Sorties by Air Army
263
Distribution of Aircraft Sorties by Mission and Time
266
Engineer Support of the Defensive Operation
273
Density of Fortifications in the Main Defensive Belt per km of frontage
278
Mines on the Voronezh Front
284
Roads on the Voronezh Front
291
The Maneuver of Mobile Antitank Reserves in a Defensive
298
Artillery Densities per km of frontage
300
Artillery Densities
301
Antitank Strong Points by Lines
302
Antitank Reserves
303
Editors Appendices
319
Index
331
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About the author (1999)

David M. Glantz and Jonathan M. House have collaborated on all three volumes of the Stalingrad Trilogy, as well as on the books When Titans Clashed: How the Red Army Stopped Hitler and The Battle of Kursk. A retired U. S. Army colonel fluent in Russian, Glantz is the author of numerous books, including The Battle for Leningrad, 19411944; Colossus Reborn: The Red Army at War, and Red Storm over the Balkans: The Failed Soviet Invasion of Romania. House is the author of Combined Arms Warfare in the Twentieth Century.

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