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Battle of Kursk Salient
Transcript of Battle of Kursk Salient
: Started on July 5, 1943
: Ends Aug 23
Lasted 43 days
: July 5- largest air battle ever in WWII.
: Germany's Ninth Army
General Enrich Von Manstein
General Walter Model.
Soviet Red Army
General Georgy Zhukov
General Konstantin Rokossovsky
: The Red Army lost 200,000 troops.
: Types of weaponry :
-Tanks & self-propelled guns: 6,200 in total
Around 2,000,000 million troops involved
Soviet's would chase the German army
: The Germans were greatly outnumbered by the Soviets.
: Close bulge around Kursk
5 Soviet armies.
Course of Battle
Weaponry and Important Dates
first time Blitzkrieg failed
last German offensive in the Eastern front.
: Around the city of Kursk
Close to the eastern front
Center of Kursk Salient
: Germany and the Soviet Union
: planned by Germans as offensive
Hitler wants to turn tide of war after Stalingrad
: Initiated with 50 divisions
Two thousand aircrafts
three tank battalions
two tank brigates
eight artillery assault divisions
comprising 2,700 Tiger and Panther tanks.
July 13- Hitler called
Due to Allied landing
July 12- largest tank
battle ever in a day.
-Aircraft: 3,900 in total
-Guns & mortars: 31,700 in total
Germany lost less troops
Soviets defended with antitank guns and minefields.
Casualties vary from source to source
: After July 12- Germans switched to defensive war.
: Germans retreat several times
Battle won by Soviets
Hitler distrust his generals
increase his control over the war