The Battle of Kursk by David M. Glantz

The Battle of Kursk

Immense in scope, ferocious in nature, and epic in consequence, the Battle of Kursk witnessed (at Prokhorovka) 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 the first ten days of fighting. Going well beyond all previous accounts, David Glantz and Jonathan House now offer the definitive work on arguably the greatest battle of World War II. Drawi...

Details The Battle of Kursk

TitleThe Battle of Kursk
Release DateNov 27th, 1999
PublisherUniversity Press of Kansas
GenreHistory, Military, Military History, War, World War II, Nonfiction, Military Fiction

Reviews The Battle of Kursk

  • happy
    With Kursk, Col Glantz uses both Soviet and German military archives to give a complete picture of the greatest tank battle of World War II. The author uses, at the time the book was written, recent access to the Soviet archival material to show light on the Red Army’s plans and decision making.Col Glantz sets the stage for the July 1943 battle by looking at the situation on the Russia front in the spring of that year. The Soviet Winter Offensi...
  • John
    The Battle of Kursk was a decisive Nazi-Soviet tank battle at Prokhorovka, which went on for days, wreaked massive destruction on both sides, and turned the tides of the war — from then on the Nazi army was in retreat, with the Soviets hot on their heels. This was one of those books that fascinate you and make you want to tear out all your hair at the same time. This is because the maneuvers are described in excruciating detail. Like this: Alth...
  • 'Aussie Rick'
    There is no denying that this account of Kursk by David Glantz and Jonathan House is extremely well researched. The amount of detail is awe inspiring with 165 pages in the appendixes dedicated to OB's, strengths & losses, comparative armour strengths and key German & Soviet documents. The maps, some 32 in all, are very detailed however I must admit that at time they were still hard to read due to the amount of detail. The book itself was well pre...
  • Andrew
    This is a typical Glantz book - very heavy on details, to the point where it becomes difficult to follow, which is why he loses a star. I think Glantz is one, along with Jonathan House, of the leading historians of the Soviet Army during World War II. The Battle of Kursk is not his best effort, however, it is still very good. The book goes into the massive deception effort the Soviets conducted in order to lure the Germans into a massive and extr...
  • Steven Peterson
    The battle at Kursk was a horrific and bloody battle on the eastern front in the Second World War. Huge armies engaged here--almost 1 and a half million Soviet troops against many hundreds of thousands of German soldiers. The German leadership hoped to snuff out the Soviet salient at Kursk and buy time against the Soviet hordes. It was also a colossal armored battle. Much bloodletting. The end result was that the Germans were badly bloodied and t...
  • Jeff Dawson
    This is a typical Glanz work. It is loaded down with intricate details of the units that fought. While I admire his dedication to the subject matter, he continually falls short in covering the battle. For instance, there are 472 pages in the book of which only 281 cover the battle. The rest are the charts of the Order of Battle and Notes. The later is almost as long s the book itself but does not add to read since many of the details were covere...
  • Hans Brienesse
    This is a book that should be on the shelf of every student of World War 2. Well written, well researched it is to me a definitive account of the events that transpired in and around the Kursk salient in July and August 1943. The maps were good with the respective protagonists' positions well laid out. The only real criticism I have is that the grey writing on a grey background was difficult and at times impossible to read. I would have preferred...
  • Mike Hankins
    It's what you think -- a detailed operational history of Kursk. There's not much of a thesis here other than the fairly obvious: Kursk was a major turning point in the war in that the Nazis were never on the offensive after this, although they didn't have much chance of winning here anyway, and it's hard to imagine what they would have done afterward even if they did. The book's major value is less in its overall argumentation than as a correctiv...
  • Zeyd
    The single best researched, deeply engrossing tome on the battle of Kursk, an excellent source for understanding all levels (Strategic, Operational, Tactical) of that titanic battle. A bit dry.
  • Avempace
    It is always good to remember that the German war aims on the Eastern front going back into WWI, let alone WWII, were to control Eastern Europe and the Ukraine and push the Russians back into Asia. As the tide of war on the Eastern front turned after the failures at Moscow and Stalingrad, the German war aims retooled into their core essentials: control of the Ukraine as a breadbasket and stabilizing the Russian front in preparation of a two front...
  • Dmitry
    Deep Kursk battle research for those who interested in numbers of division/corps/army and their relative positions on day by day basis.
  • Walker
    There used to be a title called The Tigers are Burning by a raffish old author named Martin Caiden, more famous for his co-authoring Samurai with Saburo Sakai,the Japanese Zero ace. This more modern study has detailed all the mistakes attributable to Hitler alone in the delays in Unternamen Zitadelle that allowed the Red Army the time to prepare elaborate defensive rings around the Kursk Salient.Barbarossa,the Battle for Moscow, Stalingrad, Sevas...
  • David Vanness
    Knowing little about Kursk, I found this a fabulous read. The German attack plan was titled 'Citadel'. The volumn is based entirely on German records and the Soviet records only released since the demise of USSR. They have 20 nice pictures of the equipment used. One of the events that I found of German thought out-side-of-the-box was when they captured a Soviet T-34 tank. They turned it around and it led the Germany tanks miles thru of Soviet arm...
  • Harry Miktarian
    IMO this book is not a general interest book, but a book for those that have read a book or two on the Eastern front during WWII. If you are looking into a more narrative war book or a general history of Kursk, this might not be the first book I would grab. That said, if you are interested in Kursk and are looking for more detail, this is the book for you. This book contains an impressive amount of detail and research. If you are interested in th...
  • Chris Salisbury
    Now this on the other hand is more like your typical classroom textbook; full of endless point-by-point information. However, as dull a read as it can be at times, it does convey the sheer volume of men and machines that went into this most decisive of battles for the Nazis on their Eastern Front and the most epic of armored battles in the history of the world. When you realise that in places the Russians had defenses which literally extended ove...
  • Grant
    Glantz proves himself (again and still) the master of operational history of the Great Patriotic War (aka the Eastern Front of World War II). Not just an outstanding battle history, but a careful analysis of this key point where the Red Army learned how to stop a blitzkrieg attack, albiet at tremendous cost, and began the series of counterattacks, again at terrible cost, that would only end in Berlin.
  • Nick Leali
    Incredible amount of detail in this book on the described conflict. Accomplishes what it sets out to do, namely, be the authoritative volume on the Battle of Kursk. However, the amount of detail and material makes it difficult to read and take in. But if you're looking for a detailed account of the lead up to and fighting in the largest tank battle in human history, this is the book for you.
  • Joe Ward
    Comprehensive. I had a hard time keeping all the Russian and Nazi armies, fronts, divisions, brigades, and their commanders, straight in my mind and this book has the worst maps I've ever seen. I would give it a fourth star if it was better written and had better maps but it sure did cover Operation Citadel and especially the monumental battle outside Prokhorovka, in exquisite detail.
  • John Bianchi
    The definitive work on the pivotal battle of the eastern front in WWII, Glantz and House use Soviet records made available for the first time in the west. The result is a microscopically detail oriented account that is readable yet scholarly. Must read for anyone studying the War in the East or interested in the Second World War.
  • MatthewS
    An excellent and quick read of the overall battle. I also read the detailed history of the Totenkopf division that was based on actual sources and found this book to be very consistent with that overall history. If you want a great read to gain a strategic picture of Kursk, this is your book.
  • John Williams
    Gland does OK, but it is not one of his better works. I guess I am looking more for a blow by blow down to the regiment and below. I wish Jason Mark would take this up and drill down to the unit actions similar to his books on the Leaping Horseman.
  • Steve
    Glantz is always interesting to read. I've read a few book on Kursk over the years and think this may be the best. Lead-up, the battle itself, and the aftermath.
  • Philip Kuhn
    A good work. But the author goes into too much detail with all of the units, regiments and such.Tv
  • Mark
    a relatively boring litany of unit numbers
  • Nicolas Adame
    It's a rather interesting book on something that's often overlooked in most Textbooks. It was a bit too long for my liking, but I overall still enjoyed it.
  • Jonathan
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  • John Vanore
    Full of info, but extremely dense. Only for the hard-core military history buff.