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Battle of Kursk

The Battle of Kursk was a Second World War engagement between German and Soviet forces on the Eastern Front near Kursk (450 km south-west of Moscow) in the Soviet Union during July and August 1943. The battle began with the launch of the German offensive, Operation Citadel (German: Unternehmen Zitadelle), on 5 July, which had the objective of pinching off the Kursk salient with attacks on the base of the salient from north and south simultaneously. After the German offensive stalled on the northern side of the salient, on 12 July the Soviets commenced their Kursk Strategic Offensive Operation with the launch of Operation Kutuzov (Russian: Кутузов) against the rear of the German forces in the northern side. On the southern side, the Soviets also launched powerful counterattacks the same day, one of which led to a large armoured clash, the Battle of Prokhorovka. On 3 August, the Soviets began the second phase of the Kursk Strategic Offensive Operation with the launch of Operation Polkovodets Rumyantsev (Russian: Полководец Румянцев) against the German forces in the southern side of the Kursk salient.

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Kursk: The Killing Fields

Kursk: Basically long open plains where two huge armies met. Thousands upon thousands of tank were in action. The killing fields

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Largest tank battle in history. Was the last major offensive on the Eastern Front by the German forces, after Kursk, they were always on the defensive. Kursk was actually winnable for the Germans, albeit Hitler cancelled the operation after it had stalled. Hitler waited 3 months so Ferdinand Tank destroyers and Panther tanks could be deployed, which most broke down as they were rushed into battle too soon. The British had fed the Russians the exact battle plans of the Germans, thereby allowing the Russians to win

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