Kursk 1943: The Tide Turns in the East (Campaign, Volume 16) by Mark Healy

By Mark Healy

In the summertime of 1943 the German military stood poised for an important offensive. The assault used to be geared toward the Kursk salient, which the Germans meant to isolate, trapping huge numbers of Russian troops and paving the best way for the decisive crusade to knock the Soviet Union out of the battle. by the point of the assault, the Russians had became the salient right into a mass of protective positions. within the following decisive conflict, the Soviets bled Germany's important Panzer forces white and eventually took the initiative. The counter-offensive which started an develop that may lead to the ruins of Berlin.

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6 Introduction Historians have been discussing the question of a change in the functions of the military in an industrialized war: the findings of the present volume, with its supporting sources, provide new stimuli in this area. e. with an integrated overall study of all factors vital to the state’s offensive and defensive warfare. Such exceptions as the Third Supreme Army Command in the final phase of the First World War or Groener’s reflections under the special conditions of the latter years of the Weimar Republic merely confirm the rule that the military leadership perceived its task predominantly to lie in the area of directing a ‘weapons war’.

The fact that time and again certain lessons from the First World War are seen as development-determining factors reinforces a tendency, already present in historical research, to view and interpret the span of the two world wars in the first half of our century as a unity. In political historiography this aspect, in so far as it is concerned with the position of Europe and its states in the world, has long been a matter of course. Military historiography suggests that the same analysis can advantageously be applied to the interpretation of numerous domestic-policy and economic-policy problems.

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