Kursk 1943

Last German Offensive in the East

Ian Baxter

This highly illustrated record reveals in detail the largest tank battle of World War Two, the battle of Kursk.
Date Published :
January 2020
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Series :
Casemate Illustrated
Illustration :
b/w and color illustrations with several maps
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ISBN : 9781612007076
Pages : 128
Dimensions : 10 X 7 inches
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In the summer of 1943, the German-launched Operation Zitadelle (Citadel), aimed at cutting off a large number of Soviet forces in the Kursk salient. This offensive resulted in the battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle of World War II.

Kursk quickly became a fierce contest of attrition, as Wehrmacht and elite Waffen-SS Panzer-Divisions with their powerful Tiger and Panther tanks unsuccessfully tried to hammer their way through the intricate lines of strong Soviet defensive positions. What followed was unabated fighting for two weeks as German units were slowly and systematically ground down in a series of brutal armored battles.

During this ferocious fighting the Red Army savagely contested every foot of ground, finally ending German invincibility forever. For the first time in its short history, the blitzkrieg concept had failed. The reverberations caused by the defeat at Kursk were immense, and never again did the German war machine go on the offensive in the East. Stiff defensive action was now the stratagem placed upon the dwindling Panzerwaffe right to the gates of Berlin.

With comprehensive captions and text, Kursk 1943 tells the story of this dramatic battle using rare and unpublished photographs, maps, and highly detailed artist profiles. The book reveals the events leading up to the battle in the first half of 1943, and the build up of forces by both sides before their climatic showdown at Kursk.

About The Author

Ian Baxter is an avid collector of WW2 photographs. His previous books in this Series include Hitler’s Boy Soldiers, Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants and German Army on the Eastern Front – The Advance, German Army on the Eastern Front – The Retreat and Nazi Concentration Camp Commandants, The Crushing of Army Group (North) and the SS Waffen Division series including SS Leibstandarte Division and SS Totenkopf Division At War. He lives near Chelmsford, Essex.


"...this is handy reference for the modeler and the historian who is interested in the Eastern Front."


"...of great interest to modelers and military historians alike."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"For modelers, the RAL paint color numbers are included with the profiles -- a nice touch."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"...an ideal book for the beginner or advanced reader of the subject."

- The UK Historian

"... draws the reader in and keeps them reading..."

- Armorama

Well recommended to all with an interest in military history

- Scale Military Modelling International Magazine

‘'In this volume of the Casemate illustrated series, photographs, maps, and detailed artist profiles retell in fascinating detail the last German offensive in the east.''

- Military History Matters

‘’This is a fine study of Operation Zitadelle, the German attack in Russia. For a slim volume of 128 pages there is a lot of reference material for your money. Well recommended to all with an interest in military history.’’


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