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Armor and Blood Audiobook

Armor and Blood: The Battle of Kursk: The Turning Point of World War II

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    William Seabrook, Texas, United States 12-11-13
    William Seabrook, Texas, United States 12-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "The exact detail I was looking for!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Armor and Blood to be better than the print version?

    Don't know


    What other book might you compare Armor and Blood to and why?

    Lost Battles - they reference this in the book, but take the personal side out of it.


    What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great delivery


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    no,but i was very interested in understanding the terrain and how the defense lines really were.


    Any additional comments?

    listen to this!

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    Amazon Customer 07-08-16
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    "A Gettysburg writ large."

    The historiography of the Soviet-German War, 1941-45, much like that of the American Civil War, 1861-65, struggles for a consensus on a turning point battle or campaign. I read in Blood And Armor of wars decided by numbers of catastrophic events referred to as "victories" for one side or another. July 13 found the Germans having pushed from the field, but the next found all German formations in mindless states of despair. Similarly, the Soviets. They have, however, resources, art of war, strategy, and effective allies, but this has more or less true since summer 1941. This book makes that all perfectly clear. Further reading: David Glantze on: Barbarosa, Moscow, Stalingrad, Kursk, and operational art.

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    Joseph MIAMI, FL, United States 06-29-16
    Joseph MIAMI, FL, United States 06-29-16 Member Since 2011
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    "dense and engaging"

    having read many WW2 histories, this is exactly the sort of book I look for: thoughtful commentary and engaging narrative

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    Thomas 04-11-16
    Thomas 04-11-16
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    "Great history."

    I really enjoyed this book. It is straightforward history, without the usual personal vignettes that bog down many modern historical books. The author provided plenty of detail, but not so much that it became a confusing slog. Sure, the unit names and numbers started to run together a bit, but I never lost sight of the big picture. Very good book, and the narrator was fine.

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    Kokopelli 03-10-16
    Kokopelli 03-10-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Great book"

    What else do you need to know,, very good Ann well read. If you like details, this is the book

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    Chaim 02-14-16
    Chaim 02-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Numbers of armies and corpses and names of places."

    No technical details, hardly any impressions of the fighting as experienced by the soldiers. Dry textbook

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    Chris 02-14-16
    Chris 02-14-16
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    "non biased account with both German and Soviet"

    Contains both German and Soviet views. Good account on Prokarovka but takes a while to get there. Actually probably one of the better books on this battle.

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    Amazon Customer 05-04-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Not Overwhelming, But Does What It Says"

    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.

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    Eric 03-20-15
    Eric 03-20-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great book, but print a map!"
    What did you love best about Armor and Blood?

    The thorough description of all dimensions of the battle - preparation, people, equipment, tactics, intelligence, air superiority - nothing was left out.


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    Print out a map to follow the action. The book gets very confusing without some idea of the relative position of various landmarks.

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    Bill wilmington, DE, United States 12-01-13
    Bill wilmington, DE, United States 12-01-13
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    "The Forgotten Battle of Kursk"
    What made the experience of listening to Armor and Blood the most enjoyable?

    The narration


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Armor and Blood?

    Learning how over 12 million men and 9 thousand tanks actually engaged in a hell on earth


    Have you listened to any of Robertson Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No but I would..yes


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Forgotten Kursk Dante's Inferno


    Any additional comments?

    A must read for all WWII interests.

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