While the Battle of Kursk has long captivated World War II aficionados, it has been unjustly overlooked by historians. Drawing on the masses of new information made available by the opening of the Russian military archives, Dennis E. Showalter at last corrects that error. This battle was the critical turning point on World War II's Eastern Front. In the aftermath of the Red Army's brutal repulse of the Germans at Stalingrad, the stakes could not have been higher. More than 3,000,000 men and 8,000 tanks met in the heart of the Soviet Union, some 400 miles south of Moscow, in an encounter that both sides knew would reshape the war.
The adversaries were at the peak of their respective powers. On both sides, the generals and the dictators they served were in agreement on where, why, and how to fight. The result was a furious death grapple between two of history's most formidable fighting forces - a battle that might possibly have been the greatest of all time. In Armor and Blood, Showalter recreates every aspect of this dramatic struggle. He offers expert perspective on strategy and tactics at the highest levels, from the halls of power in Moscow and Berlin to the battlefield command posts on both sides. But it is the author's exploration of the human dimension of armored combat that truly distinguishes this book.
In the classic tradition of John Keegan's The Face of Battle, Showalter's narrative crackles with insight into the unique dynamics of tank warfare - its effect on men's minds as well as their bodies. Scrupulously researched, exhaustively documented, and vividly illustrated, this book is a chilling testament to man's ability to build and to destroy. When the dust settled, the field at Kursk was nothing more than a wasteland of steel carcasses, dead soldiers, and smoking debris. The Soviet victory ended German hopes of restoring their position on the Eastern Front, and put the Red Army on the road to Berlin. Armor and Blood presents listeners with what will likely be the authoritative study of Kursk for decades to come.
©2013 Dennis Showalter (P)2013 Tantor
In this book you will get a better than mediocre tale of Kursk, but not an epic account. Yes, the narrator is monotone and lacks energy, but he seems to match very well what the author was going for. Author is very academic and unoriginal at times while insightful at others. overall, book is a slightly better-than- average look at Kursk from both sides, which a military historian will enjoy.
The thorough description of all dimensions of the battle - preparation, people, equipment, tactics, intelligence, air superiority - nothing was left out.
Print out a map to follow the action. The book gets very confusing without some idea of the relative position of various landmarks.
Learning how over 12 million men and 9 thousand tanks actually engaged in a hell on earth
No but I would..yes
Forgotten Kursk Dante's Inferno
A must read for all WWII interests.
Yes. First - there's Robertson Dean as the narrator. What a great voice! Second - the book is full of details that I was not aware of, and clarifies this battle's place in the history of the Eastern Front.
It's non-fiction, so this is not an appropriate question.
Everything - pace, tone, volume, etc. Dean is one of the very best.
I was saddened several times by the idiocy of the German leadership - and how it condemned good men, including my grandfather, to death.
Great book for those who love WW2 history.
A fresh outlook.
Hard to say honestly.
A must-have for anyone interested in the Kursk operations.
This book was very boring. It is just a long dissertation on tank movements. There is no character development. You do not learn anything about the men who did the fighting. You only learn about tank regiments and their movement.
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