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Battle of Kursk Salient

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Battle of Kursk
When
: Started on July 5, 1943
When
: Ends Aug 23

Lasted 43 days
When
: July 5- largest air battle ever in WWII.
Who
: Germany's Ninth Army
General Enrich Von Manstein
General Walter Model.
Who
:

Soviet Red Army
General Georgy Zhukov
General Konstantin Rokossovsky
Who
: The Red Army lost 200,000 troops.
Who
: 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
What
: The Germans were greatly outnumbered by the Soviets.
Why
: Close bulge around Kursk

Kursk Salient

Controlled by

5 Soviet armies.
Background
Course of Battle
Weaponry and Important Dates
Aftermath
Significance:
first time Blitzkrieg failed

last German offensive in the Eastern front.
Where
: Around the city of Kursk

Close to the eastern front

Center of Kursk Salient
Who
: Germany and the Soviet Union
What
: planned by Germans as offensive

Operation Citadel

Hitler wants to turn tide of war after Stalingrad

What
: Initiated with 50 divisions
http://military.discovery.com/tv-shows/greatest-tank-battles/videos/greatest-tank-battles-battle-of-kursk-operation-zitadelle.htm
Two thousand aircrafts

three tank battalions
900,000 men
two tank brigates

eight artillery assault divisions
comprising 2,700 Tiger and Panther tanks.

July 13- Hitler called
operation off

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
When
: After July 12- Germans switched to defensive war.
What
: Germans retreat several times

Battle won by Soviets
Hitler distrust his generals

increase his control over the war
http://www.world-war-2.info/battles/bt_11.php
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/soviet_german_war_01.shtml
Citations
1.)http://www.soviethistory.org/index.php?page=subject&SubjectID=1943kursk&Year=1943
2.)http://victory1945.rt.com/war-facts/key-battles/battle-of-kursk/
3.)http://www.history.com/topics/battle-of-kursk
4.)http://pages.uoregon.edu/kimball/kursk.battle.table.htm
5.)http://www.pbs.org/behindcloseddoors/episode-2/ep2_battle_kursk.html
6.)http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/325371/Battle-of-Kursk 7.)http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/soviet_german_war_01.shtml
8.)http://www.world-war-2.info/battles/bt_11.php
9.)http://victory1945.rt.com/war-facts/key-battles/battle-of-kursk/
10.)http://www.pbs.org/behindcloseddoors/tmp_assets/ep2_d_interior.jpg
11.)http://military.discovery.com/tv-shows/greatest-tank-battles/videos/greatest-tank-battles-battle-of-kursk-shoot-first.htm
12.)http://military.discovery.com/tv-shows/greatest-tank-battles/videos/greatest-tank-battles-battle-of-kursk-operation-zitadelle.htm
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