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Reich Division At Kursk

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On the 5th July 1943, the Wehrmacht launched Operation Citadel. Attacking with a force of 3,000 tanks and assault guns, the Germans faced a well dug-in force of more than 3,900 Soviet tanks, with another 1,500 tanks in reserve. What followed was the largest tank battle the world has ever seen, with both sides suffering heavy casualties.
Reich Division At Kursk
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On the 5th July 1943, the Wehrmacht launched Operation Citadel. Attacking with a force of 3,000 tanks and assault guns, the Germans faced a well dug-in force of more than 3,900 Soviet tanks, with another 1,500 tanks in reserve. What followed was the largest tank battle the world has ever seen, with both sides suffering heavy casualties. On the 11th July, three SS divisions- Totenkopf, Das Reich and Leibstandarte - attempted to break through the Soviet lines at the village of Prokhorovka, and so force the flank of the Soviet defensive position. Facing them were the newly deployed Fifth Guards Tanks Army. The battle raged all day, with German attack followed by Soviet counterattack. By nightfall the Germans had lost more than 300 tanks and the Fifth Guards Tanks Army 50 percent of their strength. Despite their heavy losses, the Soviet defenders had achieved their aim: the German attack had been halted and all hope of their regaining the initiative lost. Das Reich Division at Kursk has an eight-page gatefold depicting one of the brigades from the Das Reich Division in an innovative and fresh manner.
This brigade is shown in battle deployment, with reconnaissance units, advance companies, the main body, the brigade command section, plus all the supporting engineers, signallers, artillery etc to provide a visual guide to exactly how many tanks and other armoured vehicles were advancing on the 11th July. The book itself is broken down by these sections, looking at each component part of the brigade in turn, their structure, equipment and what they did on 11th July. The description of each part includes action reports, organisation, equipment, unit commanders and much more.
David Porter is Associate Professor in the Departments of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan.
Author
David Porter
Pages
192
Publisher
Amber Books Ltd
Year
2011
ISBN-10
1907446621
ISBN-13
9781907446627
Format
Hardcover
Publication Date
2011-06-15
Short Title
DAS REICH DIV AT KURSK
Language
English
Media
Book
DEWEY
940.54
Illustrations
Yes
Imprint
Amber Books Ltd
Place of Publication
London
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Series
Visual Battle Guide
Subtitle
12 July 1943
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