Citadel: The Battle of Kursk

Citadel: The Battle of Kursk

Robin Cross

It was once the best armoured conflict within the heritage of the area - and the decisive conflict of worldwide warfare II. giant armies engaged each other on land and within the air, in a clash that incorporated the most expensive unmarried day of aerial conflict of all time.

This used to be the conflict of Kursk - a conflict so bad that even Hitler confessed it made his ‘stomach flip over’.

Citadel used to be the final nice German offensive at the japanese entrance; its objective used to be to claw again the initiative after the hand over of the 6th military at Stalingrad in January 1943.

The place selected via Hitler was once the Kursk salient within the heartland of the Ukraine. The date was once five July 1943, the codename ‘Citadel’. The purple military, warned of the German plans via the ‘Lucy’ undercover agent community in Switzerland, used to be ready to safeguard the salient in monstrous energy and intensity. opposed to its breakwaters Hitler introduced his best armoured divisions, basically to work out them mangled past fix.

No faster had the German thrusts been contained, whereas in the tantalizing seize of good fortune, than the crimson military introduced a chain of crushing counter-blows with have been to force the Wehrmacht again past the River Dnieper.

Characteristically, Hitler had gambled all on a throw of a unmarried cube and had misplaced the initiative within the East - by no means to regain it.

'Citadel' presents an in depth photo of the conflict of Kursk, from the strategic tug-of-war waged inside of either excessive instructions within the agonizing months which preceded the German offensive, to the first-hand studies of the troops at the flooring and the airmen flying over the blazing steppe because the conflict reached fever pitch.

Robin go locations the conflict firmly in the wider strategic context of the spring and summer season of 1943, months within which Hitler and Stalin steeled themselves to take judgements which might make a decision the process the struggle and the form of the peace which undefined.

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