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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:06 pm

The Battle of Kursk took place after the Battle of Stalingrad, and was the final offensive the Germans were able to launch in the east.

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Re: Battle of Kursk

Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:08 pm

The Germans envisioned breaking through the northern and southern flanks to encircle the Soviet forces. However, the Soviets knew Hitler’s intentions and constructed a series of defensives.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:10 pm

The Germans delayed the attack to wait for new Tiger and Panther tanks, giving the Red Army even more time to dig in and gather forces for a counterattack.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:11 pm

To give some perspective, the defensive networks around Kursk were 10 times deeper than the Maginot Line. The main German attack began on 5 July.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:13 pm

Due to the depth of the Russian defenses, the German blitzkrieg was stopped. This was the first time a blitzkrieg offensive had been defeated before it could break through enemy defenses and into its strategic depths.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 1:14 pm

After the failed attack, the Red Army counterattacked. The Germans would be on the defensive for the rest of the war in the east.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:22 pm

The war in Europe would last for two more years, but the time the Battle of Kursk was over, the Americans and British were on the verge of invading Italy, the Red Army was on the offensive, and the Allies were producing more war materials than the Germans.

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Post by sujin007 on Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:24 pm

At Kursk alone, the Germans lost 720 tanks, 680 aircraft, and sustained 170,000 casualties. The battle was the largest tank battle in history, and the Germans paid dearly.

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