Battle of Kursk,the: Operation Citadel 1943

Author(s): Robin Cross

Second World War

308 pages The dramatic story of Hitler?s disastrous gamble on the Eastern front. Citadel, the codename for the German attack on Kursk in 1943, was the last major German offensive to be launched in the East. The greatest clash of armoured forces in history, Kursk was the decisive land battle of the Second World War. The aim was to claw back the initiative after the surrender of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad. The location, chosen by Hitler, was in the heartland of the Ukraine. But forewarned of German plans, the Red Army prepared to defend the Kursk salient in massive strength and depth. Robin Cross gives a detailed picture of the Battle of Kursk from the intense cat-and-mouse game waged by both high commands in the agonizing months leading up to the German offensive, to the first-hand experiences of troops on the ground and airmen flying over the blazing steppe. At the same time Operation Citadel is set firmly within the wider strategic context of the war in the East, and reveals how Hitler and Stalin steeled themselves to make decisions that would decide the outcome of the war and shape the peace that followed. The dramatic story of Hitler?s disastrous gamble on the Eastern front. Citadel, the codename for the German attack on Kursk in 1943, was the last major German offensive to be launched in the East. The greatest clash of armoured forces in history, Kursk was the decisive land battle of the Second World War. The aim was to claw back the initiative after the surrender of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad. The location, chosen by Hitler, was in the heartland of the Ukraine. But forewarned of German plans, the Red Army prepared to defend the Kursk salient in massive strength and depth. Robin Cross gives a detailed picture of the Battle of Kursk from the intense cat-and-mouse game waged by both high commands in the agonizing months leading up to the German offensive, to the first-hand experiences of troops on the ground and airmen flying over the blazing steppe. At the same time Operation Citadel is set firmly within the wider strategic context of the war in the East, and reveals how Hitler and Stalin steeled themselves to make decisions that would decide the outcome of the war and shape the peace that followed. The dramatic story of Hitler?s disastrous gamble on the Eastern front. Citadel, the codename for the German attack on Kursk in 1943, was the last major German offensive to be launched in the East. The greatest clash of armoured forces in history, Kursk was the decisive land battle of the Second World War. The aim was to claw back the initiative after the surrender of the German Sixth Army at Stalingrad. The location, chosen by Hitler, was in the heartland of the Ukraine. But forewarned of German plans, the Red Army prepared to defend the Kursk salient in massive strength and depth. Robin Cross gives a detailed picture of the Battle of Kursk from the intense cat-and-mouse game waged by both high commands in the agonizing months leading up to the German offensive, to the first-hand experiences of troops on the ground and airmen flying over the blazing steppe. At the same time Operation Citadel is set firmly within the wider strategic context of the war in the East, and reveals how Hitler and Stalin steeled themselves to make decisions that would decide the outcome of the war and shape the peace that followed.


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Robin Cross is a distinguished military historian and is the author of VE Day: Victory in Europe and The Bombers: Strategy and Tactics. He was the Consultant Editor of The Guinness Encyclopedia of Warfare.

Crisis in the south; the dictators; the vanishing army; red army rising; the tug of war; digging in; the dogfight; Prokhorovka; retreat to the Dnieper; appendices.

General Fields

  • : 9780141391090SECA
  • : Penguin Books Ltd
  • : Penguin Classics
  • : April 2002
  • : 216mm X 137mm X 22mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 28 b&w photographs, maps, bibliography, index
  • : Robin Cross
  • : Paperback
  • : New edition
  • : 940.54217
  • : 304